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116TH AHC "HORNETS" UNIT PATCH ( Early 1st Design)

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116th Assault Helicopter Company "Hornets" Patch (Early 1st Design) - The 116th Aviation Company was activated at Fort Bragg, North Carolina in July of 1965. They departed for Vietnam in September arriving at Vung Tau on the coast near Saigon on October 18, 1965. The Hornet's were assigned to the 11th Combat Aviation Battalion at Phu Loi in III Corps. At Phu Loi they supported the 1st Infantry Division. The 116th first combat missions were flown in December 1965 near Phouc Vinh in support of the 1st Infantry Division. In November 1966 the Hornets relocated to Cu Chi, the base camp for the 25th Infantry Division. The Hornets were transferred to the 269th Combat Aviation Battalion in March 1967 and under went a name change and became the 116th Assault Helicopter Company. In July 1970 the Hornet's relocated to Chu Lai in I Corps and became under operational control of the "Americal Division". In March 1971 the Hornet's went to Quang Tri to participate in Operation "Lam Son 719", the incursion into Laos. In mid October 1971 the Hornet's once again relocated to Marble Mountain southeast of Da Nang in what would be their final home. The 116th's AHC "Hornets" Head Quarter and Command and Control aircraft were some of the most colorful ships in Vietnam in 1967-70. The 1st Flight Platoon "Yellow Jackets" helicopters were adorned with large stylized Hornet in their platoon colors on the nose. The "Yellow Jacket" distinctive platoon color was yellow. The skid tips were painted yellow, and there was a single yellow stripe on the roof. The leading edge of the tail was painted yellow, and the outer edges of the rear tail planes were also yellow. The 116th also identified their platoons with painted tail boom rear edges. The 116th slicks sported a circle mark of the 269th Combat Aviation Battalion on their tail booms. Three-digit tail numbers were painted in yellow.The 116th 2nd Flight Platoon "WASPS" Helicopters were adorned with large stylized Hornet in their platoon colors of "White" and was applied to the three-digit a/c number on the tail. The skid tip colors were gone, as were the painted leading edge of the tail. The 116th's other markings remained. 2nd Platoon Helicopters were adorned with large stylized Yellow Jacket on their nose.The 116th AHC 3rd Guns Platoon "Stingers" flew UH-1B and UH-1C Model Huey Gunships. The Stingers used the platoon color of Red to identify their platoon. Their Gunships carried a red roof stripe, red skid markings, red tail plane outer edges, red tail leading edge, and red tail boom rear end. In contrast to the 116th lift platoon practice, a five-digit a/c number was painted in black on the tail. Stinger aircraft were adorned with large stylized Red Stinging Hornet on their nose. On December 26, 1971 the 116th Assault Helicopter Company stood-down and were withdrawn from Vietnam. The 116th AHC were awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, four (4) Valorous Unit Citations and the Meritorious Unit Commendation.

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Incorrect info on flight platoons July 8, 2012
Reviewer: Freddie Serna from Glendale, AZ United States  
A letter from Paul Jenkins to me in acquiring info on the 116th AHC Hornets.


The Yellow Jackets, Wasps and Stingers were the three platoons that made up the Hornets. Yellow Jackets were the 1st Platoon and each pilot had a call sign from 10-29. I was in the 1st Platoon and my call sign was Hornet 28. The Yellow Jackets had a yellow Hornet painted on the nose and the front of the tail was painted yellow. The Wasps were the 2nd Platoon and had call signs from 30-49. Their ships had white Hornets painted on the nose and white on the tail. The Stingers were the 3rd Platoon and were gun ships. Their call signs were from 80-99. They had red Hornets painted on the nose of their ships and red painted on tail.

Paul Jenkins

Hornet 28 2/67 - 2/67

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