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 .





        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 about 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.     




Greetings everyone. AS promised this email will explain our procedures for making this Reunion one of the best. First we need everyone to register at the Reunion web site which is" www.l19birddog.com. Goggle this and it will pop up with the complete instructions to register. When finished on line at the web site you must call the hotel where our Seahorse brothers are going to stay while in Dothan. I have coordinated with the hotel and we have a block of rooms that will be held for us so we can ALL be at the same hotel. When you call you must mention that you are with the "183rd Seahorse" and they will register you at the hotel. The number at the Country Inn and Suites is 334-479-8900. They are expecting our calls. This hotel is located next door to the LaQuinta which is being used as the Headquarters for the Reunion. So register on line and then call the Country Inn and Suites where we have a block of rooms. Breakfast included with room and they use real plates and silverware!

       Events for the next two days( Thursday and Friday)  include transportation to and from the events which start at the Dothan Country Club Thursday evening.

        For those who wish to EITHER stay or go to Panama City Beach on Saturday or Sunday  I have gotten a block of rooms at the BEACHSIDE RESORT at Panama City Beach Fl. Same deal as you must mention "183rd Seahorse" to get the room rate savings. All rooms have fridg, microwave and beachfront view to the Gulf ! The phone number is 850-234-5722.  We will have something planned either Saturday or Sunday or both based upon the response to go to PC Beach. Transportation will be looked at when we know the requirement of people coming from the Dothan Reunion to beach.

        AS requirements change I will put out emails to the group. Really look forward to seeing all of you at this event. One additional request. I know I have Seahorse members I have not contacted for no other reason than I just have not taken the time or effort. I will do a better job contacting these friends and  ask everyone to do the same. Lets all say a prayer for our leader Mack Gibson who has been an inspiration to us all for years. Will keep you informed. Thxs Chas





Happy Birthday Army Aviation!


On June 6, organic Army Aviation is seventy-three years old. 

On this day in 1942, while in the middle of WWII, the United States War Department sent a memorandum to the commanding general of Army Ground Forces authorizing organic air observation for the Field Artillery. Thus began modern Army Aviation as a key part of ground maneuver, separate and distinct from the Army Air Forces which later became the U.S. Air Force after the war. 

From this humble beginning, flying Piper Cub L-4 "Liaison" aircraft to the present day, Army Aviation continues to be indispensable. Commanders at every level depend on them to ensure mission success. From observation to medical evacuation; from resupply to air assault; from intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to homeland security; from disaster relief to humanitarian rescue, Army Aviation is a vital element in the equation for success. 

This didn't happen by chance. Seventy-three years of dedicated, innovative, steadfast development of capabilities and honing of crew skills have met increasingly complex challenges on a world-wide scale. The aviation professionals of the Active, National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve have proven time and again that they are more than up to the tasks set before them. 

We stand on the shoulders of men like former AAAA President, LTG Bob Williams, and others in the famous 1942 "Class Before One" and those in the "Cub Club" who followed as those early Liaison pilots. 

Today, we salute the men and women throughout the Army Aviation Enterprise, past, present and future, for their contributions to our nation and look with confidence to the future as they continue to serve "Above the Best!"


Happy Birthday Army Aviation!



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                                                   VA Wants All Veterans Exposed to AO to Apply for Benefits


This year (2015)  marks the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, the first U.S. combat troops arrived in Vietnam in March of 1965.


More than 58,000 Americans died in the Vietnam conflict. Now, many who survived, are fighting diseases the U.S. government now recognizes were caused by a very powerful toxic chemical used in the jungle war zone.     

A list of diseases, cancers, and illnesses, many of them common have "presumptively" been linked to the toxic chemical, Agent Orange.

 Since 2010, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has recognized a list of diseases, cancers, and illnesses caused by the chemical Agent Orange, now, the VA is making a renewed push to make sure everyone knows benefits are available to veterans sickened by Agent Orange.

The list includes a variety of illnesses, which include, but not limited to:  Type 2 diabetes, prostate cancer, tespiratory cancers, all chronic B-call leukemias, Hodkin's diseases, non-hodgkin's lymphoma, Parkinson's disease, Ischemic heart disease, and others.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of Vietnam veterans who aren't aware of the Agent Orange presumptive diseases. Furthermore, some veterans choose not to go to the VA for their treatment or some veterans have never thought to apply.  Yet, other veterans aren't sure
"how to" apply.

 The VA maintain surviving spouses, dependent children and dependent parents of veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange and died as the result of diseases related to the exposure may be eligible for VA benefits.

Claiming a disability from exposure to Agent Orange is an expedited claims process since the illnesses are "presumed" to be connected to Agent Orange exposure, meaning Vietnam Veterans don't have to prove an association between their medical problems and their military service as it relates to exposure to Agent Orange.

 Any veteran or family member who might fit any of these categories should call their VA Regional Office at 1-800-827-1000, visit in-person, or file an online claim at www.va.gov.










 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. 


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




 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.



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










    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



                    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



           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:
  Membership/Registration: Jim Benoit
219 Cardinal Ln.
Delray Beach, FL 33445
Ph. 508-221-0091
           Vice President: Bob Seymour
5314 Fossil Ridge Dr.
Fort Collins,  Co. 80525 
  Military Affairs: Dick Kloppenburg
8050 84th  Ave. S.E
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Ph. 425-747-5263
           Treasurer: David Neff
767 East 1250 Rd
Lawrence, KS 66046
Ph. 785-843-8966
  Unit Chaplin: David Haidle
432 W. Pierce Street
Elburn, IL 60119
Ph. 630-365-2124
           Secretary: Hiram Johnston
1321 Beaver Dam Rd.
Madison,GA 30650
Ph. 706-342-9136
  Unit Historian:  Mark Mitchell 
4611 Park Ridge Dr. 
Benton,LA 71006 
Ph. 318-965-4130  
           Editors/publishers: Ash Cutchin
29018 Darden Point Rd
Courtland VA 23837

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

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



         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.