Barton, James Eugene, SP 5

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Last Rank
Specialist 5
Last Service Branch
Transportation Corps
Last Primary MOS
67I-Aircraft Repair Technician
Last MOS Group
Transportation Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1969-1971, 67I, 173rd Aviation Company (AHC)
Service Years
1969 - 1971

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Two Overseas Service Bars

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Home Town
Flagstaff, AZ
Last Address
Flagstaff, AZ

Casualty Date
Feb 23, 1971
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Citizen's Cemetery - Flagstaff, Arizona
Wall/Plot Coordinates
05W 132

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   1969-1971, 67I, 173rd Aviation Company (AHC)

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 173rd Aviation Company (AHC) Details

173rd Aviation Company (AHC)
MISSION:  The mission of the 173rd Assault Helicopter Company was to provide tactical air movement of combat troops in airmobile operations, and to provide tactical air movement of combat supplies and equipment.

HISTORY:  The 173rd Aviation Company (Airmobile) (Light) was activated on 1 September 1965 and was initially assigned to the 10th Aviation Group at Fort Benning, GA. The 173rd Avn Co (Airmobile) (Light) remained at Fort Benning for organization and training until January 1966 when it began deployment to Vietnam. The main body departed Columbus, GA 15 February 1966 and arrived in Vung Tau, Vietnam 10 March 1966. The 173rd was assigned to the 1st Aviation Bridge's 11th Combat Aviation Battalion at Phu Loi and made their base at Lai Khe. The 173rd supported elements of the 1st, 9th and 25th Infantry Divisions in the III Corps, in the Tactical Zone north of Saigon. The 173rd Aviation Company underwent a name change and became the 173rd Assault Helicopter Company and operated as an element of Airmobile. The 173rd AHC served from 1966 to 1972 when the unit stood-down. The unit was awarded the Valorous Unit Award and the Meritorious Unit Commendation. SP4 Gary G. Wetzel was awarded our nation's most precious award, the "Medal of Honor" by then President Lyndon B. Johnson.

In September 1972, the 350th Aviation Company (Air Mobile), located at Fliegerhorst Kaserne, in Erlensee, FRG, part of the Hanau Military Community stood down and the aircraft and equipment was transferred to the restructured 173rd Aviation Company. The 173rd Aviation Company was a subordinate unit of the 11th Aviation Battalion located at Maurice Rose Army Airfield, Bonames, FRG, north of Frankfurt. At that time, there was a mixture of UH-1C and D models and AH-1s. Ultimately the unit would have 23 UH-1H helicopters equipped with the M-56 Mine Dispensing Units, broken up into 3 Flight platoons. There was also a Headquarters platoon and a Maintenance Platoon. The unit carried the nickname of The Robin Hoods and the field behind the billets was named Sherwood Forest. The unit remained until it was deactivated in the early 1980's. 
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Last Updated: Oct 5, 2019
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173rd Aviation Company (AHC)

Barden, Ralph, SP 5, (1969-1971) TC 68B Specialist 5
Christian, Michael, SP 5, (1969-1976) TC 67N20 Specialist 5
Foster, Jim (Clyde), SP 5, (1969-1972) TC 67N20 Specialist 5
Hayes, Charles, SP 5, (1970-1973) TC 67N20 Specialist 5
Jackson, Will, SP 5, (1969-1972) TC 67N20 Specialist 5
Oostman, Gary, SP 5, (1968-1971) TC 68B Specialist 5
Rakovich, Richard, SP 5, (1969-1971) TC 68F10 Specialist 5
Watson, Joe, SP 5, (1970-1979) TC 67N20 Specialist 5
Arce, Louie, SP 4, (1971-1974) TC 67N10 Specialist 4
Barritt, William Emmett, SP 4, (1968-1970) TC 67A Specialist 4
Juvenal, John, SFC, (1967-1980) TC 67N10 Specialist 4
Lafferty, David, SP 4, (1967-1970) TC 67N10 Specialist 4
McGraw, Donald Orin, SP 4, (1968-1969) TC 67A Specialist 4
Ogata, Terrance Aki, SP 4, (1970-1971) TC 67A Specialist 4
Thompson, Michael Kelly, CPT, (1965-1969) AV 1981 Captain
Farris, Dennis Claude, 1LT, (1969-1971) AV 1981 First Lieutenant
Usher, Terry Maxwell, 1LT, (1969-1971) AV 1981 First Lieutenant
Gaumond, William, CW5, (1968-1998) AV 153D Chief Warrant Officer 5
Barrett, Steven, CW2, (1969-1971) AV 062B Chief Warrant Officer 2
Miner, James Allen, CW2, (1969-1971) AV 100B Chief Warrant Officer 2
Pond, Cary(mike), CW2, (1964-1971) AV 100E Chief Warrant Officer 2
Auld, Roger Martin, WO1, (1967-1969) AV 062B Warrant Officer 1
Shinkawa, Roy Yasushi, WO1, (1969-1971) AV 100B Warrant Officer 1
Shuler, George, WO1, (1970-1972) AV 062D Warrant Officer 1
Arena, Joseph, SFC, (1968-1998) AV 15B10 Sergeant First Class
Patton, Guy Wesley, SFC, (1953-1970) QM 94B10 Sergeant First Class
Noble, Anthony, SFC, (1968-1988) SC 31Z Staff Sergeant
Barden, Ralph, SP 5, (1969-1970) AV 68D Specialist 5
Faulkner, Troy David, SP 5, (1968-1969) AV 67E Specialist 5
Monnett, Leonard Allen, SP 5, (1969-1971) AV 67N20 Specialist 5
RHOADS, JAMES, SP 5, (1968-1972) OD 44E Specialist 5
Sistare, Gene, 1SG, (1970-1997) FA 00Z Specialist 5
Thompson, Gerald Richard, SP 5, (1966-1969) SC 35P Specialist 5
White, William E., SP 5, (1968-1971) MD 91B20 Specialist 5
Wilson, Kim, SP 5, (1969-1975) OD 68K Specialist 5
Bruin, John William, SP 4, (1970-1971) AV 67A Specialist 4
Clifford, John, SP 4, (1968-1972) QM 56C10 Specialist 4
Climer, David Leroy, SP 4, (1969-1970) AV 67N10 Specialist 4
Hausherr, Charles Raymond, SP 4, (1969-1971) AV 67N10 Specialist 4
Neal, Wes, SP 4, (1970-1972) AV 67N20 Specialist 4
Peters, Michael, SP 4, (1969-1971) AV 67N10 Specialist 4
Rodriguez, Sammy Pina, SP 4, (1969-1970) AV 67N20 Specialist 4
Rombold, Paul, SP 4, (1968-1974) SC 31B Specialist 4
Smith, Ronald, SP 4, (1969-1972) MI 05C10 Specialist 4
Stevens, Rudolph, SP 4, (1970-1971) QM 94B10 Specialist 4
Headley, Gordon, PFC, (1968-1970) AV 67R Private First Class
Ford, Edgar, MSG, (1967-2007) QM 76Y10 Private (E-2)
Dean, John, CW2, (1969-1971) AR Chief Warrant Officer 2
Guy, LeRoy, MAJ, (1955-1975) AR Chief Warrant Officer 3
Lautzenheiser, Peter, CW5, (1969-2011) Chief Warrant Officer 2
Cassels, Randall, CW4, (1968-1996) IM Warrant Officer 1
Lafferty, Randolph, SP 4, (1968-1971) AV Specialist 4
Simonson, Larry Arnold, SP 4, (1970-1971) Specialist 4
Smith, Jol Nebane, 1LT, (1967-1970) First Lieutenant
Chastang, Johnell Laverne, PFC, (1970-1971) Private First Class

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