Welcome to the home of the 183rd SeaHorses!

          This site is dedicated to members of the 1st Aviation Brigade, 10 CAB, 183rd Sea Horses RAC.

          The 183rd Aviation Company operated out of Nha Trang, Dong Ba Thin, Phan Rang, Bao Loc,

          Dalat,  Ban Me Thout, Gia Nhia and Phan Thiet.  Visit my Guest book, find old friends, view pictures,

          visit military links, and read stories from Birddog pilots .

 

                                          

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        The members of the 183rd Seahorses hope you enjoy our web site.  Feel free to take a look around and check out the different tabs where you can view our history, pictures, some neat videos, and stories obout combat experiences that our vets have shared.  There are links to other sites with a military presence.  Visit our products page where you can order hats, t-shirts, commerative coins, decals  etc.  Last of all, Sign our Guestbook - We love hearing from you.         

  
        Please see the below e-mail from Marc Mitchell


                                                               

                        On Saturday, March 15, 2014 2:27 PM, Marcus Mitchell <mm98gmc@bellsouth.net> wrote:

     The 183rd has been invited to attend the reunion of "Task Force 3-506" of the 101st Abn. Division, to be hosted at Harrahs' Hotel Casino  in Tunica, Ms., which is about 12-15 miles south of Memphis, Tn.. Room rates are very affordable at $45. per night & dates are 8-13 June 2014.

 I had been working for a Fall "Ozark Bivouac" but the lodging just simply wasn't working out. Meanwhile, I have been contacted by101st Veteran Jerry Berry of 3/506th whom the 183rd worked with and heavily supported as part of "Task Force 3-506". Jerry stated this may be their last reunion and he desires all the units which composed the Task Force to join he and his "Currahee" Brothers~!! This a great opportunity for us to reconnect w/one of the most storied combat battalions of the U.S. Army~!! We are a major part of their  Vietnam history and we are honored to receive this invitation along w/our Brothers of the 192nd AHC "Tiger Sharks"

          . Jerry & his committee have a very active schedule of events for that reunion week, which includes honoring MOH recipient, posthumously, Sp.4 Leslie Sabo. This is very special~!




 Room rates will be honored even if we exceed room availability that Jerry had contracted with Harrahs. Jerry states even if you DO NOT receive that rate

 upon registration, "it will be honored at the Hotel"~! I found the Harrahs' automated reservation to be a real pain, so I connected to the Hotel desk at Tunica 1-662-363-2788 and     was routed to a wonderful young lady named Angela & I was able to make RSV through her~! She is the Harrahs' contact rep for the reunion & almost as sweet as my Kathy~!!   Almost~! If you register, Jerry has requested you provide the following info which will aid him in preparing name tags for you and all your guest & perhaps a few mementos of your visit.

  Please provide:

   1- Full name including M.I.

   2-Your Tour dates Month to Month

   3- Highest attained rank in upon DEROS

   4-Specify if you were at Phan Thiet/LZ Betty

   5-Your MOS/Job w/183rd

   6-# of guest whom you will bring & their names for name-tags

   For detailed info for registration & schedule of events visit http://www.currahee.org/

   My Seahorse email list IS NOT complete, so please share all of this info w/Brothers whom are on your email list~!!

   If you have questions, please direct to me and if I can't adequately assist you then I will do so through Jerry Berry of  3/506.

   I have two email address, mm98gmc@bellsouth.net for family & politicians and Marko49@bellsouth.net for my Army family~!!

   You are welcome to call or Fax me @ 1-318-965-4130 ( that is the # politicians use) or call me at 318-422-6871. While I have your attention, I encourage you to visit     http://www.l19birddog.org/ which will allow you to view that fabulous monument you helped build~!! Yes You Did Do That~!!

mark

 

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     CHECK OUT THE  LINKS SHOWN BELOW

              THE FIRST ONE WILL TAKE YOU TO AN OFFICIAL VETERANS PAGE THAT SHOWS HOW YOU

                               MIGHT BE ABLE TO CLAIM A PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION IF YOU ARE A DISABLED VETERAN.

 

 

             http://www.veteransunited.com/futurehomeowners/veteran-property-tax-exemptions-by-state/

                                                     

                                                                                   Vietnam-war
 
 
 The above link is a fantastic slide show with music that shows lots of photos and all branches of the services representated.  See SOG, Seals, Puff, M-48 tanks, SF teams, Medevacs, Choppers, LRRP's etc. etc.
It's seems a little tricky to view at first, but well worth the time it takes to download.  When you first click on it, your asked to
open or save.  Click open, then another box to download, click allow, takes a minute or so to download.  Sit back and relive some memories you may have forgotten.
 
 
 
 
We invite you to watch this video on youtube.  It's an art show entittled  "War on Truth" that honors veterans from AZ.  This is a great project that helps Vets cope with their feelings.  Just click & watch. 
 
                                           http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Lf1icaStp4&feature=youtu.be

 

We found this video that features the song " We gotta get out of this place" by The Animal's.  It shows some pictures maybe you've seen before, maybe some you haven't.  For all you aircraft junkies, blow the video up to full screen, pause it at about 36 seconds into the video, check out the crashed airplane.  Wonder how many of you can identify what kind it was?????.  Hope you enjoy

   

                                                                                
 
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Greetings To All Army Birddog Unit

Vietnam Era Veterans

 

Your service is already a part of our history.  Now you have the opportunity to formally commemorate it. 

Through the efforts of volunteers representing all 11 of the units whose insignia are shown above, we have designed a memorial to the Army Birddog aviation companies that served in the Republic of Vietnam.  The memorial will be placed in the Ft. Rucker Memorial Park, across from the Army Aviation Museum.  This is a private, non-governmental project and has no official connection with, or sponsorship by, the Aviation Museum itself.

Please click on the video below to see just where the Monument will be placed in the park.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DN-UIVMi2Vw

The monument will be made of gray marble with polished black marble plates….12 of them….11 to depict the unit information and the 12th to briefly tell the story of the Army Birddog.  We have ordered a bronze Birddog sculpture to be placed on top.

The following url will lead you to monument drawings and plates.

http://www.l19birddog.com/Memorial%20Designs.htm

With your help, we can create a lasting memorial to the men, the units and the aircraft that were such an important part of our lives.  The cost of the monument, including installation, including the Birddog sculpture, will be about $36,500.  We are confident that the entire amount can be raised through contributions from our unit veterans and friends.  There is no minimum contribution and any amount will help.  Donations are tax deductible.

Norm MacPhee of the 220th Aviation Company, a retired CPA, will do the accounting and donor record keeping.  The Army Aviation Museum Foundation*, Inc. will receive and disburse funds for the monument.    

      Follow this link for The Army Aviation Museum

 

           *formed on 9 March 1970 and incorporated under the laws of the State of Alabama as a nonprofit organization 

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Please print out this page, provide the information requested and return it with your contribution to the address below.

Checks should be made payable to AAMF, Inc.   (Army Aviation Museum Foundation, Inc)

Checks should be mailed to:                 Norm MacPhee

                                                                  816 W. Francis #502

                                                                  Spokane, WA 99205

 

Please provide the following information:

Name:                       ________________________________________________

Address:                   ________________________________________________

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Email Address:       ________________________________________________

Telephone #:           (_____)________________________________

If a veteran, please indicate your unit:  _______________________________

If this contribution is in memory of a veteran, please include the name and unit below

Name _____________________________________    Unit _______________________

 

An Additional Way to Commemorate Your Service

Donors to the memorial may also optionally order an engraved brick “paver”.  This paver is a fund-raiser for the Army Aviation Museum Foundation at the Ft.RuckerMuseum.  You may have three lines engraved on the paver…up to 20 characters per line.  The paver will be embedded in the earth around the memorial.

Example of engraving:                    CW2 Norm MacPhee

                                                            220th Catkillers

                                                            DaNang – 66-67

 

Each paver costs $125.  The paver order form follows.  

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please DO NOT include the cost of a paver in your donation check to the memorial – you must write a second check for the paver and enclose it with the order form that you will send directly to the AAMF along with the order form.

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Click on the pdf. above to access the form to fill out and order the pavers.
 
 
 Attention: All Birddog units
 
 Please visit this site:   www.l19birddog.com
 
 

In this website you will find information about the 2015 All Bird Dog Military Combat Unit Reunion to be held on the Florida Panhandle and the U.S. Army Bird Dog Unit Memorial to be dedicated at Ft. Rucker, Alabama.

 
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 Mission Statement

         

             It is the Mission of the Veterans of the 183rd Aviation Company (Seahorses) to preserve our history,

         remember and honor our lost Seahorse brothers, renew and maintain relationships developed by serving

                       in the 183rd Aviation Company during the Vietnam War, and provide mutual support.

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Please check out the below video from youtube.  It is a fitting tribute to all you Warriors.

 

                                                                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKqT0-3JV5E&feature=youtube_gdata_player

          

           

 

             


 

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    Ash Cutchin & Don Tyler have just published a "new" newsletter.  The last one we saw was in 
  April, 2011.   Just click on the link below to find out all the latest goings on within the 183rd R.A.C.
  Then click on the  NEWS  tab for the newsletter

APRIL, 2012 SEAHORSE NEWSLETTER

 

                    We are now classified as a Non-Profit organization .

           Our organization was classified as a 501 (c) (19), EIN #83-0507505 in 2010, with an effective date of exemption 
           of March 11,  2008.

           This classification may allow Veterans of the 183 rd to deduct certain expenses in their tax returns for    
           activites associated with our unit   (please contact your tax advisor on the specifics of these deductions).

           Contributions are tax deductible. I look forward to hearing your suggestions and working with you
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           Please contact the appropriate seahorses if you have anything to communicate, especially stories to share

           or the names of newly located brothers.

                                          Contact information for the Steering Committee of the 183rd Aviation Company

  

           President:                     Gerald Lemons
916 E. Bear Creek Rd.
Glenn Heights, TX 75154
Ph. 972-351-7656:
Gerald.lemons@yahoo.com
  Membership/Registration: Jim Benoit
219 Cardinal Ln.
Delray Beach, FL 33445
Ph. 508-221-0091
jimbenoit@comcast.net
           Vice President: Bob Seymour
5314 Fossil Ridge Dr.
Fort Collins,  Co. 80525 
rlseymour@comcast.net
  Military Affairs: Dick Kloppenburg
805 84th  Ave. S.E
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Ph. 425-747-5263
Richard@kloppenburg.net
           Treasurer: David Neff
767 East 1250 Rd
Lawrence, KS 66046
Ph. 785-843-8966
dbneff@gmail.com
  Unit Chaplin: David Haidle
432 W. Pierce Street
Elburn, IL 60119
Ph. 630-365-2124
David.G.Haidle@wheaton.edu
           Secretary: Hiram Johnston
1321 Beaver Dam Rd.
Madison,GA 30650
Ph. 706-342-9136
Babs.hiram@gmail.com
  Unit Historian:  Mark Mitchell 
4611 Park Ridge Dr. 
Benton,LA 71006 
Ph. 318-965-4130  
marko49@bellsouth.net
           Editors/publishers: Ash Cutchin
29018 Darden Point Rd
Courtland VA 23837
Ph.757-562-6559
ashappraz@charter.net

Don Tyler
1086 N. Old Franklin Rd.
Nashville,NC 27856
Ph. 252-478-3546
seahorse21@live.com 
  Web Management: Jim McHaney
1020 S. 124th Street
Chandler, AZ 85286
Ph. 480-510-2745
seahorse183rd@cox.net 

Bob Howland
5691 Hillsdale Street
Ft. Lawn, SC 29714
Ph. 803-872-4381
bhowland@comporium.net

     

 

         This Web site was inspired by Mr. Jim Penzin and created by Jim McHaney . Please provide any feedback you may have
             concerning this site to Jim McHaney.

             A special thanks for the following Sea Horse veterans who gave materials and support for this page: Charles Pettyjohn,
             Jim Penzin, Jay Bauer, Cleveland Ashley, Jerry Lemons, Roger Willis, James Benoit, Jerry Bussel and John Fischer.
             Special recognition to Alan Cherin  (Shortround),  and Bill Keener for their contributions in finding so many 183rd Vets.