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.
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.
Again,we must say good bye to another Shrimpboater. Byron Raney passed away suddenly on December 6th and no further information is available at this time. Byron crewed with Tom Messenger while serving in the 179th in 1970 to 1971. Our hearts go out his family and friends, he will be missed by all.
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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.
A NEW ALBUM AND MORE PICS Hey Guys!! John Peters just sent in some of his pictures that he took while serving in the 179th ASHC at Camp Holloway. Go to the Photos page and click on his Album to see them.