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Viet Nam the helicopter war

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Vung Tau, Vietnam. 1967.   Warrant Officer Class 2 (WO2) Jim Smith of Pascoe Vale, Vic (left), a member of 7th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (7RAR), is presented with the badge of the 147th Assault Support Helicopter Company for being its 10,000th passenger.  

The patch is being presented by the company's Commanding Officer, Major Jack Moran of the United States Army.

US Helicopter statistics (ARMY, NAVY & USMC)

Gunship sorties flown 3,932,000
Troop landing sorties flown 7,547,000
Cargo sorties flown 3,548,000
Command & Control sorties flown including Arty observation, recon, and search & rescue. 21,098,000


Helicopter pilots KIA 1,069
Helicopters lost (total 4,642) in NVN 10
in SVN 2,066
in non battle crashes 2,566

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