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The 176th Assault Helicopter Company - 2nd Flight Platoon "Snoopy" - The 176th Aviation Company was activated on 1 October 1965, at Fort Benning, Georgia. The 176th deployed from Fort Benning in February 1967 as a unit and arrived in Tuy Hoa their first home base. 176th underwent a name change and became the 176th Assault Helicopter Company. The 176th were part of Task Force Oregon and supported the 101st Airborne in the Tam Ky and Doc Phu Area. The 176th AHC was assigned to the 17th Combat Aviation Group in Nha Trang. On 14 February 1967 they were assigned to the 14th Combat Aviation Battalion at Lane Army Heliport and began building their base camp at Phu Hiep. In September 1967, the 176th moved their base of operations to Chu Lai and served there until 1971. The 176th AHC moved to Duc Pho in direct support of the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. The 176th followed the 101st AB further north to Chu Lai working in the mountains west of Tam Ky working beside other units comprising Task Force Oregon. The Minutemen used Ky Ha as their Base Camp in direct support of the 198th Light infantry brigade, along with general support of the whole I Corps Area. The 176th Assault Helicopter Company's missions with the 198th Light Infantry Brigade were airmobile operations. On 4 December 1967 the 176th AHC began providing support to the 5th Special Forces Group. The 176th AHC worked out of Marble Mountain Airfield west of Da Nang. The 176th AHC 3rd Gunship Platoon "Musket" missions across border operations into Laos and Cambodia were classified. In late January 1968 the 176th AHC along with other elements of the 14th Combat Aviation Battalion’s Task Force Oregon became the 23rd Infantry Division known here after as the "Americal Division". The 176th AHC operated out of Quang Tri Province during Lam Son 719 supporting the ARVN incursion into Laos in 1971. The 176th AHC continued to excel in its high degree of mission readiness and accomplishment and became one of the most elite helicopter units of the Vietnam War. 176th proudly led the way establishing the Traditions of Army Aviation and helped write the Bible on Air Assault. The 176th AHC was awarded the Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Award and two Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm. In 1969 platoon leader Captain Darrell Adams was awarded the Medal of Honor.

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