Camp  Holloway                  Pleiku, South Vietnam    
     In 1966, the 179th ASH was moved to  Camp Hollowway Pleiku from its original deployment at Dong Ba Thin. Its major function was to support as many as five separate locations simultaneously within the II Corps Tactical Zone.
      The 179th was assigned to the 52nd Combat Aviation Battalion during its deployment and provided infantry and artillery moves, resupply missions, medical evacuations and aircraft recoveries. 
      Until withdrawal in the early 70's, the "Shrimpboats" remained a major contributing force in battle for the Central Highlands.
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 Tom Walker with his pet monkey, George.
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 Our very own Tom Messenger brings us our own book about the 179th, Camp Holloway and our adventures in the Central Highlands. 

With the escalation of the Vietnam War in the late 1960s, the American military discovered it needed a new kind of helicopter to cope with the rugged environmental and combat conditions its fighting men were encountering. The need resulted in the development of the Bell UH-1 Iroquois and the Boeing-Vertol CH-47 Chinook. Now they just needed the pilots, flight engineers, crew chiefs and gunners to man them. In a sense they were LOOKING FOR FLYBOYS. Tom Messenger's memoir follows his experiences as a Chinook flight engineer on missions over Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. It not only relates the tales of those missions during the course of the war but also his interactions with fellow soldiers and the civilian population. Tom's stories run the gamut from recounting the dangers of battle and capturing the anguish of war to the humorous situations of daily life in the Army so familiar to anyone who has ever served.

Stan ​Neckermann  sent in these photographs of his old aircraft, Shrimpboat 021 in 1969, and a recent photo of that same aircraft today. CH 47 Super C 68 16021 was converted to MH 47D 85-24361 and now to her current configuration MH 47G 06-03767.
    RENO REUNION 2015: See            photos and slide show

​  Jay Carey sent in these photos he took at Camp Holloway and Dak To.  Jay, a W-1 pilot in 1967,    took the first picture outside the Officer's Club where they housed a 12 ft Regal Python. The    
  second picture was taken at Dak To during a break. If you look closely, you can see that this was   069.
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   2022 RENO REUNION   
Attendees: Left to Right in 1st pic:
      Joe Flemming, Rich Pollak, Mike McFarland, Stan Neckerman, Bill Lyons, Ed Thomas, Tom Messenger, John Kramer, Frank Hajec, James Kendall.
                                                                In the third pic we have Gridley "Chief" Hilpert on the right.
                                                       Not shown is Mark Pacewalk, although he was with us in our Virginia City photo.
We have two more Shrimpboaters recently. Jake Gronnert (69/70) and Gridley Hilpert "Chief" (69/70) past away recently. Our hearts go out to their families and friends. May they rest in peace.
Stan has informed me that  the 179thASHC has placed a brick at the Army Aviation Museum at FT Novosel (Ft Rucker) . Below is a phot of that brick. Great job Stan>