PUBLISHED STORIES IN 1967
183rd News Paper Articles (1967) 183rd Pilots Hit 10,000 Hours: NHA TRANG(1st AVN-10)---Pilots of the 183rd Recon Air plane Company recently logged their 10,000th flying hours after less than six months in Vietnam. The 183rd arrived in Vietnam 8 June 1966 and established its headquarters at Dong Ba Thin. Today it operates from nine locations throughout the II Corps area seeking out VC in nearly daily visual reconnaissance flights in 0-1E Bird dog aircraft. The commanding officer of the Seahorses, as the 183rd calls itself. Maj. Ralph L. Godwin., was on hand to congratulate Capt. Carlos G. Lewis and CWO Joseph Dorman, when they landed at Dong Ba Thin after logging the unit’s 10,000th flying hour. 2nd Highest Medal Posthumously Given to 183rd Avn Pilot:
TAN SON NHUT, (USARV-10)---Captain Linus G. K. Chock, a pilot with the 183rd Aviation Company, 223rd Combat Aviation Battalion., has been posthumously awarded the nation’s second highest award for valor in combat, the Distinguished Service Cross. Chock was killed when he turned his light reconnaissance aircraft into an attack plane while trying to protect a Vietnamese Army convoy. He was escorting the convoy when a Viet Cong battalion unleashed a vicious attack pinning the convoy troops down so that they could not establish a perimeter. Chock called for supporting artillery and air strikes, but realized that more immediate attention was necessary to save the convoy. Although his aircraft was only armed with four marking rockets, he elected to attack an insurgent strong point and draw fire from the besieged convoy. The enemy position was destroyed on the second pass. On the third pass, aimed at another enemy position, his aircraft was raked by gunfire, mortally wounding him. Chock’s actions enabled the Vietnamese force to maneuver into an organized defense and repel the Viet Cong force. “Sea Horses” Keep Reds on the Move:
NHA TRANG: Vietnam (10)---As if he didn't’t have enough to worry about. Ho Chi Ming can now start loosing sleep over sea horses. Not the inoffensive aquatic creatures that live in tanks in many American loving rooms. But deadly little Army airplanes that buzz all over Vietnam looking for targets – and finding them – for their big brothers, the Air Force, to blast. They call the 0-1 “Bird Dog” spotter planes and their pilots, of the 223rd Aviation Battalion’s 183rd Recon Airplane Co. the “Sea Horses”. Replicas of the tiny marine animals are the company trademark, and their silhouettes adorn the wings of all 183rd aircraft. Viet Cong here in the II Corps gave found it hard to get a decent offensive going these days, with Sea Horse spotters tracking their every move. One morning for example, an estimated company of VC came under dual Sea Horse scrutiny in a bivouac area on the Ho Chi Minh Trail, 35 miles southeast of Pleiku. Respecting the guerilla band’s proximity to the border the four pilots – Capt’s. Roger Smith of New Lexington, Ohio and James Cowart, of Bainbridge, Ga., in one airplane, with Lt’s. Dave Neff, Marion Ind. And Ash Cutchen, of Franklin, Va. In the other, – declined to call an airstrike on the communist unit, merely jotting down its location and size as intelligencer information. They turned south to see what else was in the area. Surprisingly, in a tree line a few miles farther from the border, they spotted a second VC company. It appeared that the two were trying to join forces for an upcoming offensive. But, it would never happen. Quickly summoning an air strike, the reconnaissance team then split, Smith and Cowart off to find another possible targets, Neff and Cutchin to guide the approaching Air Force fighters to their target. When the three F 4C Phantoms screamed in, hurling 500 pound bombs, and 20mm cannon fire, the Sea Horses circled low to cover possible enemy escape routes. By doing so, Neff and Cutchin left the enemy troops a dubious choice – be clobbered either lying down or on the run. There was no way out.