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170th Assault Helicopter Company - "Bikinis", "Snoopys", "Red Barons" and "Buccaneers" - The 170th Aviation Company was activated September 1, 1965 at Fort Benning, Georgia. In November the 170th departed Oakland, California arriving Qui Nhon, South Vietnam on December 22, 1965 and assigned to the 10th Aviation Battalion. On January 10, 1966 the company was redesignated the 170th Assault Helicopter Company and assigned to the 52nd Aviation Battalion, the famed "Flying Dragons" and was part of Airmobile Light. Deploying to Camp Holloway, Pleiku, in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam, the 170th joined the 119th AHC, 155th AHC and the 219th Aviation Company. The 170th AHC was comprised of three platoons, 1st Flight Platoon "Snoopy", 2nd Platoon "Red Barons" and the 3rd Platoon Guns "Buccaneers". The 52nd Combat Aviation Battalion continued to grow as it was joined by sister assault helicopter companies of the 57th AHC, 189th AHC, 361st Aerial Escort and Weapons Company and the 179th ASHC in May 1969. The 170th were assigned the SOG mission, later training crews of the 57th AHC in that mission, as it was rotated between the two units for a period. The 361st Aerial Weapons Company was exclusively equipped with Cobra Helicopters Gunships that were the daily fire support for the Bikini’s. The 170th AHC became one of the most elite helicopter units of the Vietnam War. The 170th proudly led the way establishing the Traditions of Army Aviation and helped write the Bible on Air Assault. 170th earned two Presidential Unit Citations, the Valorous Unit Award, five awards of the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, and the Civic Action Honor Medal, First Class. The men of the 170th earned numerous individual awards, however Fifty Seven (57) Bikini's lost their lives. The 170th AHC was awarded the Valorous Unit Award.

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