VIETNAM WAR PATCH, US 62nd COMBAT AVIATION Co. THE ROYAL COACHMAN For Sale
VIETNAM WAR PATCH, US 62nd COMBAT AVIATION Co. THE ROYAL COACHMAN: $10.38
THIS ITEM MEASURES2.5 IN X 4 IN.
During Vietnam war, the62nd Combat Aviation Companyhad a two-fold mission: to provide all transportation assets for the XXIV Corps; and to act as command and control for units on the ground. It transported the Corps commander and staff, transported VIPs, made supply runs, evacuated causalities (both American and South Vietnamese military personnel when requested), and rescued downed air crews. The unit also flew missions that were considered black operations. The unit’s transportation of numerous VIPs, congressmen, senators, high ranking officers, and Ambassador Bunker. The 62nd CAC had OH-58s, OH-6s, UH-1s, CH-47Cs and U-21 aircraft assigned to fulfill the corps aviation company mission.The 62nd Combat Aviation Company was constituted April 3rd 1962 in the Regular Army and was activated May 1st 1962 at Fort Benning GA. The company was inactivated February 11th 1963. The unit was reactivated August 6th 1964 at Ft. Benning, GA. to serve in Vietnam only to be again inactivated on December 14 1964 in the Republic of Vietnam. In March 1969 the 62nd was reactivated and posted to Phu Bai, South Vietnam to replace the Corps Aviation Company (Provisional). It was assigned to the 212th Aviation Battalion of the 1st Aviation Brigade which was headquartered at Marble Mountain, Da Nang.The Royal Coachman moved to Marble Mountain Army Airfield, Da Nang on March 8th 1970. This move was coincident with the move of XXIV Corps Headquarters from Phu Bai to Camp Horn in Da Nang East. The unit was installed in the 212th Aviation Battalion area along with the 282nd AssaultHelicopter Company and 245th Surveillance Airplane Company. In June 1970 the 245th SAC discontinued operations, and the Royal Coachman took over their company area.With the downturn of United States operations in Vietnam, the 62nd Corps Aviation Company relocated from Marble Mountain Airfield to DaNang Main Airfield August 16th 1972. As not only the last aviation company, but the last company sized combat unit to operate in I Corps, the 62nd was involved in the final withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Vietnam.
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