PREPARING FOR WAR

Bravo Company 4th Battalion 2nd Brigade
(Fort Bliss, Tx: Basic Training, 1966)(RVN,1967-1968)

 

Basic Training (Fort Bliss, TX: Sep/1966)

Francisco Garcia, Pat Martinez, Danny Delgado, Joseph Sutapka

Loyd Maggpie-White,  Anthony Dodge, Joseph Sandoval

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RVN (1967) (Starting to build Camp Enari)

Richard "Dicky " Chavez Fr: Santa Rosa, NM (RVN 1968)

Basic Training (Fort Bliss, TX: Sep/1966)  

Pat Martinez, Danny Delgado, Anthony Dodge (Santa Rosa) 

1st CAV AO, RVN  (1969)  

Mark Delgado, Martin Smith, Ray Santillanes (Santa Rosa) 

Road to Dak To (RVN 1967)

Pleiku Mud (RVN 1967)

Mark Delgado: Sp. 5 (RVN 1968-1969)

(Preparing 4 War)

FORT SILL, Oklahoma ATC "Artillery Training Center"

“You've never lived until you've almost died. For those who have fought for it, life has a flavor the protected shall never know.”   Guy De Maupassant

I was a 67M20 Light Observation Helicopter Crewman and assigned to AC 15094, a T-41 Mescalero as a Crew Chief at Ft. Sill Oklahoma. I was assigned to 3 of the 26 Artillery TAB. As a crew chief on the T-41 I would fly as a TAB spotter in the co-pilots seat and instruct the OCS Candidates on how to direct artillery fire onto a target. Most of my pilots were Transition Pilots with little experience with fixed wing aircraft. Some were training as FAC Pilots, Most of them were back from Nam and wanted to be fixed wing certified before they left the Army.

The 2 OCS candidates would sit in the rear seat and with a little help they were soon able to direct artillery fire on or near the appointed targets. Ideally, the pilots would instruct the candidates. But after a few close calls flying between the artillery batteries and the targets, the pilots and myself would agree to a common sense approach to target acquisition.

Shelf Display showing T-41 Mescalero "Warrior" 15094

Static Display T-41 Mescalero "Warrior" 15094 (1967)

Jamming to 1520 KOMA-AM "Oklahoma City" (1967)

Danny Delgado: Preparing for STR (1967)

Danny Delgado: STR: Leaving Henry Post Army Airfield FT Sill, OK (1967)

Danny Delgado Aside T-41 Mescalero "Warrior" 15094      (1967)

Danny Delgado Aside T-41 Mescalero "Warrior" 15094 (1967)

Danny Delgado: Fort Sill Flight Line (1967) 

24 T-41 Mescaleros were assigned to our aviation section

Danny Delgado: STR: Target acquisition from Henry Post Army Airfield FT Sill, OK (1967)

Danny Delgado: STR: Returning from target acquisition range (1967)

Danny Delgado Aside T-41 Mescalero "Warrior" 15094 (1967)

My uncle Benny's prediction in 1952 was pretty close to the mark! (1967)

T-41 Mescalero "Warrior" 15094   

Fort Sill Richard "Dicky" Chavez (Center)  (1967) 

Fort Sill Richard "Dicky" Chavez (Left)  (1967) 

Fort Sill Richard "Dicky" Chavez (Left)  (1967)