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178TH ASHC "BOX CARS" PATCH (2nd Design - Worn 1970 to 1971)
178TH ASHC "BOX CARS" PATCH  (2nd Design - Worn 1970 to 1971)
 
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178th Assault Support Helicopter Company "Box Cars" - The 178th Assault Support Helicopter Company was activated at Fort Benning in September 1965 as part of the 10th Aviation Group. The 178th were deployed to Vietnam and arrived at Vung Tau Port on 10 March 1967. The 178th were reassigned to 1st Aviation Brigade, 12th Combat Aviation Group, 11th Combat Aviation Battalion and made their base at Phu Loi. In April 1967 the 178th was placed in direct support of Task Force Oregon. In January 1968 they were reassigned from the 12th Combat Aviation Group to the 17th Combat Aviation Group "Freedom Eagles" and relocated to Chu Lai in the I Corps Tactical Zone in support of Airmobile Operations of the Americal Division (23rd Inf.). On 1 October 1969 the 178th were reassigned once again and came under the command of the 14th Combat Aviation Battalion. The 178th Box Cars were the first Chinook Company in Viet Nam to receive the new "B" Model Chinook's with the more powerful L-7C Engines and the first to lift a complete 155mm Howitzer weighting 12,500 pounds. Thepatch shown is the second design and was worn 1970 to 1971 at Stand-down.

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