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ratscallion70
D-Troop 17th Cav
Wed Jan 5, 2011 15:53
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Yeah it's a shame so many of us were trained on the Sheridan but never got to crew one. I to was trained on the 48 and 60 plus the Sheridan with extended training just to learn to set up and calibrate the laser. I also went thru training in Knox as a radio operator but i didn't get to use that until i was stationed in Germany as a Czech border guard.I went from roasting my a$$ off to freezing my a$$ off :)From there i exited the military and found a job in my home town working at a military installation called the Rock Island Arsenal assembling 45's making 8 bucks an hour mind you this was in 72 when most peeps were making about 3 bucks an hour. Oh the good old days :)I have some pics i can share sometime soon but i have to figure out how to post them i wonder if i copy and paste them from my photobucket account will do it? if not can anyone give me the process on how it's done. It's really a sad thing about general bond if you recall as soon as he stepped out of his chopper he commanded that three tracks follow him and our captain toward the tree line to pick up any nva that wanted to surrender i didn't think that was the wisest idea and it turned out that i was right i maneuvered my track toward the tree line but with so many fallen trees i was trying to go around them but that turned out not feasible and most of the time my tracks belly was showing from climbing over the fallen tree's general bond and the captain were walking along side of me and they were no further than 5 feet from me when a nva soldier stepped out from behind a fallen tree and pointed a rpg at the track hitting the rpg shield taking it out i dropped the seat and the next thing i know a cobra flew past and fired his missiles which ripped shrapnel up the side of my track taking out not only my road wheel inner seals disabling the track but it also hit the general and the captain two of my crew members hopped off the track grabbing the general and took him back to his chopper our captain sustained injuries but the general was mortally wounded everyone says he died from a sniper but i know otherwise.

  • D 17 CavJoe Tchinski, Wed Jan 5 03:10
    Well ED, Now we can Talk, most wanted to Hide after April 1 , a lot of NCO's went a found another job somewhere .My Orginal TC was injured by IED ( used to call them Mines back then , Now Improvised... more
    • 4-1-70John Domina, Wed May 14 06:44
      Joe TCHINSKI, Do you remember Danny Flynn and Darrell Aspey
      • FLYNN & AspeySLIM, Sun May 18 14:28
        Hi Yes sir I do , aspey was KIA 2/28/70 like 10 clicks from Fort apache , Flynn was KIA 4/1/70 ,SLIM
        • AspeyJohn "Shorty" Thalison, Mon May 19 11:11
          I sure do recall that name, Aspey. I wish my memory was better.
    • D-Troopjim barnett, Thu Jan 6 15:06
      We've been wondering who this ratscallion 70 was. Welcome home. I was A Sheridan TC, there on April 1st. Was with the Gen and CO at back of A-cav when it got hit. Always said the Cobra got the General
      • D-TroopFreddie, Fri Jan 7 13:35
        I have told this story before but when someone mentions the Gen getting killed, it always comes back to me. Got home in March 1970, went to Bragg and in April was informed by the Red Cross that my... more
      • Re: D-Troopratscallion70, Fri Jan 7 09:34
        You're absolutely right Jim.I suppose the Army wrote it up as a sniper took Bond out to make it look better for everyone that was involved and i guess i don't have a problem with that, But do you... more
        • D-TroopJim Barnett, Mon Jan 10 15:40
          The Cobra was in radio contact with our LT on the ground. He was told to do what he had to do. The rest is history. Gen. should not have been on the ground doing a sweep. Read a couple different... more
    • D-Troop 17th Cav — ratscallion70, Wed Jan 5 15:53
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