Rattler/Firebird Home Page

Welcome to the snakepit! This is the home page of the Rattlers and Firebirds of Company A/501st Aviation Battalion, 71st Assault Helicopter Company, 151st Transportation Detachment, and the 94th Signal Detachment. We served in Vietnam from 1964 until 1971, moving from our original base at Bien Hoa to Chu Lai in 1967.

Firebirds attacking

Firebirds attacking

Rattler & Firebird Names

The radio call signs “Rattler” and “Firebird” were used by our aircraft during our service in Vietnam. “Rattler” was used by our UH-1D & H helicopters (known as "slicks") that carried troops, supplies, ammunition, performed command and control, combat assault, medical evacuation and insertion/extraction missions, as well as many others. The call sign “Firebird” was used by our UH-1B, C & M gunships, some of the most feared gunships in all of Vietnam. You can find more about the call signs and where they came from on our history page.

The Association

The Rattler/Firebird Association has no political agenda. We simply provide a means to stay in touch with those who share our experiences and to honor the memory of those we have lost. If you served with us, or with anyone else during the Vietnam conflict and nobody has told you this already, we'd like take this opportunity to say, “Thank you for your service and Welcome Home!”

What's New?

Here are the most recent changes to our site:

08/11/2018 - Added a Video
Added a YouTube video of US National Anthem by the Academy Choirs to the Video section of the site.
07/27/2018 - Added a Video
Take a low level, high speed Ride Down the Coast with Frank Carson.
07/22/2018 - Updated the Video Player
Fixed the Video Player so that videos will play on mobile devices.
07/20/2018 - Added Video
Put together a slideshow to Joe Galloway's God's Own Lunatics and added it to the Video Section.
06/25/2018 - Added Newsletter
Added the Mey 2018 Newsletter to the Newsletters section of the site.
06/14/2018 - Added a Video
Added a video "Vietnam War Hueys A Rattler Tribute by Jesse Brooks to the Video Section.
06/10/2018 - Updated the Merchandise Page
Updated the Merchandise Page to include some new items.
06/06/2018 - Added Reunion Information
Added a 2018 Reunion Recap to the 2018 Reunion Page and a Roster of Attendees to the 2018 Reunion Section.