The 158th Aviation Helicopter Battalion (Airmobile) "D" Company "Redskins" - The 158th Assault
Helicopter Battalion was activated 25 July
1968 at Fort Carson, Colorado. The 158th AHB first
commander was Major Maurice Dougherty. The company was organized from the
existing 246th and 247th Aviation Companies at Fort Carson and at Fort Riley, the unit was assigned
command and control elements and the needed additional personnel and equipment
for its eventual deployment to Vietnam. HHC, A, B and D
Companies were stationed at Fort Carson, while C Company
remained at Fort Riley. Their training began
on September 9, 1968, and A Company members
were deployed to Vietnam on January 31 and February 1,1969.
the formation of the units, unique unit patches were designed. "A"
Company "Ghost Riders", "B' Company "Lancers",
"C" Company "Phoenix"
and "D" Company "Redskins". 158th's had distinctive
aircraft markings. The Bell UH-1 "Huey" Helicopters from the 158th
AHB had colored circles on their tail booms for unique identification. Red was
used to designate A Company "Ghost Riders, "B" Company "Lancers" were
White, "C" Company "Phoenix"" were Blue and
"D" Company "Redskins were Yellow. All
their Helicopters had a 101st Airborne Division "Screaming Eagle"
symbol of the vertical stabilizer.
158th AHB served in Viet Nam from January 1968 to
January 1972. The 158th stood-down during in January 1972. The Battalion receiving
Nine (9) Battle Stars, and multipliable Presidential Union Citation, Valorous
Unit awards, RVN Gallantry Cross with Palm and RVN Civil Action Honor Medals.