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.
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 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 Rattler/Firebird Association has no political agenda. We simply provide a means to stay in touch with those who share our experiences. 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, “Welcome Home!”
July 22 ... ATTENTION ... We have been offered two dates for the 2016 Reunion at the same place as last month. The dates are May 18-22 and June 8-12. I am taking votes on these dates from dues paying members only. Only one vote per person. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your choice and sign your name. rs
July 1st.....Our webmaster has the newsletter posted on this page. The newsletter was mailed yesterday. The address directory will be mailed in about four weeks. If you need to have your info updated, please let us know ASAP rs
June 25th.....The Association will be selling 8 X 12 copies of the group photo taken at the reunion. If ONLY ordering this photo, send $10.00 TOTAL with checks made to: 71st AHC Assoc. rs
September 3rd.....A new feature has been opened for our wives who use Facebook. Kathy Bowen, wife of Hal Bowen (OF 67-68) is the creator of Rattlers and Firebirds Wives. Our men who are reading this should mention it to their spouse, especially if you attend our reunions. The ladies will need to "friend" Kathy Rogers Bowen to be included. rs