CHAIN OF COMMAND
220th Aviation Company personnel initially wore the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, shoulder patch, from July 1965, but changed to the 1st Aviation Brigade patch when our unit joined the 223rd Combat Aviation Battalion in September 1966.
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COMMENT: Catkiller Historian Gene Wilson adds these corrections to the above paragraph:
This film must have been between June 1968, when the 4th Platoon was ‘dissolved’ and made part of the 1st Platoon, and September 1969—when the 4th Platoon was once again made a part of the 220th. During those months life at Phu Bai was much different than it was when only the Company Headquarters was there prior to the Summer of 1967.
The DMZ Platoon was the 4th Platoon, which had been evacuated from Dong Ha in August and was the only platoon based with the Company Headquarters in Phu Bai at that time. The 1st Platoon was still based at Quang Ngai until after Christmas (1967) when the 21st Avn Co came into Chu Lai—then the 1st Platoon moved to Phu Bai and in early January 1968 joined the 4th Platoon in support of the 3rd Marine Division and the 108th FA out of Dong Ha on the DMZ and the northern I Corps area. The 2nd Platoon was based at Hue/Citadel until Tet 1968 (Jan) when it was evacuated to Phu Bai. The 3rd Platoon was based at Da Nang/Marble Mountain until September 1968. The “partying” pilots may have been in the new officers’ club—and may have included pilots from Hqtrs, 4th and 2nd Platoons—but the club was not “officially” opened until December 28th (See 1967 History Index). And to the best of my knowledge, at that time the 220th was mounting only 4 rocket tubes.
SP4 Daniel L. Zimmerly, 231st Signal Detachment, personal video from 1965–66 (uncut):
Copyright © 1966, Daniel L. Zimmerly, All Rights Reserved
SP4 Dan Zimmerly served as an original Catkiller as he joined the unit at Fort Lewis, Washington. Dan was a native of Washington and returned the Ridgefield, Clark County, area immediately after his service in Vietnam. Scenes from this uncut video are fast–moving and generally serve to give us a rare glimpse of early activities in the area of operation as the 220th Aviation Company arrived and began to have an effect upon the war effort. This is a large file so please be patient while it loads (double click over the page area where the movie should appear; the movie should then start playing and you can pause it, and move through frames by moving the position indicator to get clearer, still photos of any subject):
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