D-Troop News

03/13/19 - 2020 Reunion
Our D-Troop reunion has been scheduled for April 20, 2020 - April 24, 2020 with Royal Caribbean Cruise lines out of Port Canaveral, FL. Hurry and make your reservations now.
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01/29/19 - James R Kinkead
Door Gunner & Crew Chief, James Kinkead passed away on Dec 22, 2018. Had a lot of good times and funny incidents with Jim. He will be missed.
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12/19/18 - Jerry Brown
Got news that Jerry Brown passed away last November. Was a Cobra pilot 69-70
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06/10/18 - Upcoming book
A Wisconsin writer is featuring Wisconsin's Missing in Action Servicemen from Wisconsin. Among the servicemen she is remembering is CWO William Pierson III who was a member of DTroop. Take a look at her Press Release.
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09/17/17 - Above and Beyond
On my visit to Chicago in September, I visited a Vietnam War Memorial of dog tags.
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05/23/18 - Reunion
The DTroop reunion in Las Vegas was a huge success. Photos of the reunion will be on the website very soon.
Coming soon

04/14/18 - Bill Haynie
Bill Haynie recently passed away. He lived in Clinton, MO and served with the Maintenance group. He will be missed at our upcoming Las Vegas reunion.
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04/01/18 - Arlington Memorial
The Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association spearheaded the effort, working with Arlington National Cemetery and Congress to get the monument approved. Read More

05/17/18 - Damien Robert Hutar
Just received word that we lost another trooper on Friday, November 24, 2017. Damien Robert "Bobbo" Hutar, 66 of Ely, passed away after a battle with cancer at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely, MN. Read More about Damien Hutar

04/28/17 - Jay Klein
Sad news hearing that Jay Klein passed away April 16, 2017. Jay was with the Scouts and lived in North Dakota. Jay will be deeply missed. See Jay's Photos

04/02/17 - Website Hacked
Great April Fools joke. I noticed the website had been hacked and was in Chinese (or something similar). Shouldn't be a problem now.

03/23/17 - Guestbook has been restored
After several months of issues with my guestbook, it's finally fixed. Hope you'll take time to sign if for me. Click here

01/04/17 - Reunion date scheduled
The reunion committee has tentatively set May 13-15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada as the date and place for our next D-Troop reunion. Please check back later for more details.

10/12/16 - Story Submittal fixed
After being broken for some time, I finally fixed my story submittal page. Take a moment to submit a story. Only takes a minute to share a memory. Submit here

10/12/16 - Kipper news
Just received word of the loss of Timothy Michael Kipper who served with D-Troop 70-71 as a pilot with the Gun platoon. He passed away on 01/02/2015 due to cancer.
He will be greatly missed.

6/10/16 - Visit to Vietnam
Chuck Abbot, DJ Miner and I have been talking about visiting Vietnam in early November. The trip would involve meeting in Hanoi for three days or so with trips to Halong Bay, Hanoi Hilton, Museums, and a side trip or two to points of interest. We would then fly to Danang for about a week with the hotel being on or near the beach in Hoi An and trips to Chu Lai, Hue, Marble Mountain, Danang and some historical sites.
We have not fully committed yet but wanted to know if anyone else is interested in talking such a trip. If so, we could agree on side trips and activities and make it a bit of a mini-reunion. The cost should be lower than a package commercial tour.
Thanks,
Keith

4/10/16 - IMPORTANT UPDATE
My plans were to cease operation of the D-Troop website. After getting feedback about the site and hearing suggested recommendations, I've decided to add the DONATE button to the site. If this helps, I will continue hosting and maintaining the site. All proceeds will go toward the operational costs of the website and any surplus will be used toward D-Troop functions as deemed relevant. Thanks to everyone that has donated so far. Your generous contributions are greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your participation.

4/01/16 - Website update
Beginning May 20, 2016 my D-Troop website will be shutting down. I've had a great time hosting and being involved with our members for the past 15 years. Due to growing costs for software and seemingly lack of participation, I've decided to shut down. I've enjoyed every moment.
I wish you all the best. Please keep in touch.
Mike

03/12/16 - News about Vietnam Disabilities
Ken Tomlinson (Jun71-Jun72) has prepared an informational document regarding Vietnam Disabilities. Please take a look at it. Hopefully it can assist you or a friend in getting the service connected disability you deserve.
Click Here to download the Vietnam Disabilites Document

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Remembering

Just received sad news that Michael "Frenchy" Jeanguenat passed away May 6, 2016.

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In Memory

According to a document by the VHPA, over 842 OH-6A helicopters were lost, along with 357 UH-1B, 365 UH-1C, 886 UH-1D, 90 UH-1E, 18 UH-1F, and 1313 UH-1H "Huey" helicopters. Also lost were 271 Cobra assault helicopters. See our ships. Click Here

News Topic

Agent Orange's shameful legacy

Four decades after the Vietnam War ended, the U.S. government is finally cleaning up the toxic mess it left behind.
By The Week Staff | September 7, 2012

What is Agent Orange? Named for the orange-striped barrels in which it was shipped, Agent Orange is an herbicide that the U.S. military used during the Vietnam War to destroy enemy food crops and kill jungle vegetation that concealed North Vietnamese forces. Beginning in 1961, U.S. and South Vietnamese forces sprayed 20 million gallons of it and other herbicides over vast areas of South Vietnam and parts of Laos and Cambodia. The spraying denuded more than 8,600 square miles of jungle and cropland. The U.S. military stopped using Agent Orange in 1971 after the National Institutes of Health found that it contained a chemical contaminant that caused birth defects in lab animals. By then, hundreds of thousands of U.S. soldiers and millions of Vietnamese civilians had been in contact with the stuff, many of them so oblivious to its dangers that they bathed in water stored in the empty barrels.
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