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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.

During 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.

The 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.

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