119th Assault Helicopter Co.
– "Alligators", "Gators" and "Crocodiles" - The 119th Assault Helicopter Company’s "Gators" Pocket Patch for the 119th 1st and 2nd
Flight Platoons was approved in January of 1967 by then Commanding
Officer Major William M. Edwards Jr. The patch was designed by Warrant Officer Terry Muldoon.
The artwork was "fine tuned" by Burt Muldoon father of Warrant Officer Terry Muldoon at Stewart Warner Corporation Art Department. Pocket Patches and large
Nose Art and smaller Flight Helmet Decals were also produced for the 119th
AHC by Burt Muldoon.
The 119th Aviation Company was activated June 1962 with assets from the 81st
Transportation Co. (light helicopter). The 119th deployed to Vietnam in
December 1962 and were assigned to the II Corps Tactical Zone in the Central
Highland near the tri-border region where Cambodia and Laos merge
with South Vietnam. The 119th
made their base at Camp Holloway or Dragon Mountain as it was called near the
town of Pleiku in Pleiku Province. Camp Holloway established in 1962 was one of the oldest bases in South
Vietnam. Camp Holloway had the
distinction of being the highest permanent helicopter base in South
with an airfield elevation of 2640
feet. The 119th supported the 25th Infantry Division, 4th Infantry
Division, 5th Special Forces Group and ARVN Troops in the II Corps