Thursday, January 1, 2015

A Nice Compliment.

Tom's Journal.

hey Tommy, nothing lowly about being a door gunner or anything you need to apologize for.  i always valued my crew chief Zellner and my door gunner Willie Williams as crew members just as i was.  they had their jobs to do and myself and the peter pilot had jobs to do.  we did them and we all did them well.  by all means you can print it in your journal.  i would be honored to have my comments as part of your paper.  have a great new years and remember each of us was always, "Above the best."  take care,  mike fitz, GH 2-6

On Wednesday, December 31, 2014 9:07 AM, Thomas G. Schuckman <> wrote:

Hi Dennis,
Thank you so much for including me, a lowly door gunner, in this group message !  May I have your personal permission to post this article in my humble Christian/ Veteran Blog:  TOM'S JOURNAL ??
   Have a great New Year!
Tommy Schuckman,     Iron Mtn. MI  49801
"Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?"  ---Galatians 4: 16. :-\
Disabled Vietnam Combat Veteran: 68-70 , and  Soldier of Christ.
   Thomas G. Schuckman

     "For me to live is Christ, and to die is  gain."      ~ Phil.  1:21.
Coop,  have had this book on my shelf for many years and never, ever get tired of reading it.  couldn't agree more with the quote.  the names i see that you've sent this to brings back many, many memories of professionals who loved what they did in the war and were extremely good at what they did.  what made the aviation units so special, especially the 240th AHC Greyhound, Maddogs, Kennel Keepers were the people, both officers and enlisted, and the leadership of outstanding commanders such as Glenn Hoffman, Arch Ringgenberg and Major Overholser.  sorry but i do not know the Major's first name.  we were fortunate to be led by these warriors but those they led were warriors also and very good at what we did.  i hope each and everyone of you have had a Merry Christmas season and wish you all a Happy and prosperous new year. 


On Monday, December 29, 2014 1:29 PM, Bob Cooper <> wrote:

Received this email from a friend and wanted to share. A Happy New Years to all 240th Members and Families.
Bob and Ditte Cooper
Greyhound Two '69-'70
A friend, and neighbor, lent me the book "A Bright Shining Lie" by Neil Sheehan, which is about John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam.
The book offers some interesting insights into the conduct of the war and the decision makers (if one may call them that) behind the strategy.

I found it interesting at the start as Vann served as the senior advisor to the 7th ARVN Division in My Tho in '62-'63 and went to places those of us in Lighthorse would recognize.  
The book chronicles Viet Nam from this period until the Easter Offensive in '72.

I want to quote a small section as I found it most interesting, as I think you will.  This was written during a passage about the evacuation of Hoai  An (II Corps) in April '72, but spoke for the entire effort
at that time.  ...."The aviation units were the sole combat element of the U. S. Army that did not come apart under the stress of the war in Vietnam.  Nearly 6,000 helicopter pilots and crew members perished, bu the Army airmen never cracked.  Whether it was the oneness of man and acrobatic flying machine, whether it was the equally shared risk of officer pilot and enlisted crew members, whatever the reason, the men of the helicopters kept their discipline and their spirit.  As the French parachutists became the paladins of that earlier war, so the U.S. Army aviators became the
dark knights of this one."  .........This excerpt appears in a section where he is talking about the commander of 7th/17th ACS, call sign Ruthless 6.

I think this says a lot about the men of Army Aviation at that time.
I know it applies to Light horse, during my time in country, and I am honored to have served with and known the men of that fine unit.  I want to thank each and everyone of you for being a brother.

Just thought you might be interested in that quote.