In August of 1968, the 281st AHC was called
upon to rescue an entire Montagnard village near My Loc, northwest of Nha Trang.
Read the story (provided by Bandit Paul Greiner) reported in the Green Beret Magazine in 1968, and see the
pictures below provided by then 1LT Tom Ross, a Special Forces officer involved
in the operation. Tom is cited in the GB Mag article, and has generously
provided copies of the pictures he took of some of the aircrews involved in the
operation. Feel free to contact Tom at
firstname.lastname@example.org with any information you may have
about the Intruders in the photos, and information about the operation.
Reports indicate that all three 281st AHC platoons, Rat pack, Bandits, and WolfPack were involved in the rescue.
[NOTE: The 7 pictures are large and
require some time to download, so I have placed only one picture per page.]
"Montagnards Escape Cong"
Green Beret Magazine,
by Paul Grenier]
I just took a break from the family
gathering to check email.
Thanks for the info on Joe.
I thought we had spoken about A-502 . . . it
must have been the Rat Pack guys. I was the S2/S3 Officer at A-502 for most
of 1968. The 281st flew many many support missions for us. I'm building an
entire mini-site for the 281st on the A-502.com site.
Go to A-502.com, then to the Support Units page,
then to the 281st page . . . I hope you will be pleased and amused. It is
still under construction.
One of the most important missions you all flew
for us was a rescue mission the lasted for three days and rescued an entire
Montagnard village. I don't know if any of your folks know it, but CBS TV
and several print media covered the mission. The story aired on The Evening
News with Walter Cronkite in August of 1968. What a great story to be
reminded of on the 4th of July!!
On the last day of the mission, after everyone
else had been returned to Trung Dung, weather closed in and I became
stranded out in the middle on nowhere with only a squad size unit . . . and
it was getting dark. In spite of the heavy rain, two of your slicks with
one of the Wolf Pack ships took off from Nha Trang. They followed the river
west and found us . . . you guys are my heroes. This story is just one that
I tell in my book Privileges of War.
With combat patrol insertions and observation
missions I flew so many hours with you guys that I was given an Air
Medal. So, "Yes" you worked with A-502. Check the maps on A-502.com and I'm
sure you'll remember more.
Warm regards from Atlanta,
Tom Ross would especially
like to ID the pilot with sunglasses standing just behind him and to his
Tom is the SF w/o beret.
L-R: Bill Meehan
Copyright © 2002 by Thomas A Ross