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  174TH AHC "DOLPHINS & SHARKS" UNIT PATCH

 
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174th Assault Helicopter Company – Dolphins and Sharks - The 174th Aviation Company was activated at Fort Benning, Georgia on 1 October 1965. On 15 March 1966 the 174th Aviation Company departed Fort Benning, Georgia for Oakland, California, arriving in Qui Nhon, South Vietnam on 6 April 1966. On 7 April 1966 the unit established a base camp at Phu Tai Valley west of Qui Nhon and became the 174th Assault Helicopter Company and part of Task Force Oregon and later part of Airmobile Light. The 174th AHC was initially assigned to the 52nd Aviation Battalion. On 24 May 1966 the 174th AHC was placed under the operational control 14th Combat Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Bridge and conducted combat assault mission with their sister helicopter companies of the 71st AHC Rattlers and Fire Birds, 161st AHC Pelicans and Scorpions, 176th AHC Minutemen and Musket, 178th ASHC Boxcars and "C" Troop, 7th Squadron, 17th Air Cavalry’s Ruthless Riders. The majority of the 174th assaults were in the Phu Cat Mountains and associated valleys. The 174th Shark’s Gun Platoon received permission from General Claire Chennault's Flying Tigers to use the famed Shark Mouth for their gunship platoon. The 174th Shark Mouth’s painted helicopters became known through out Vietnam as the Sharks.

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