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!”
March 22.....Anyone interested in playing in the Firebird Freefire Golf outing at the reunion should contact Eric Kilmer at firstname.lastname@example.org . If you are putting off making reunion reservations I strongly urge you to do so ASAP. rs
March 2nd.....Major General Patrick Brady has accepted our offer to be our reunion banquet speaker. General Brady was awarded the Medal of Honor for rescuing wounded soldiers on 6 January 1968. On the reunion reservations, the code should read RFR (Rattler-Firebird Reunion), not RRF. rs
January 15th.....At the upcoming reunion banquet, a child's plate is offered for $16. This info received from Ray Casey, head of MRP, yesterday. rs
December 13th.....Please click on ADDED REUNION INFORMATION at the bottom of this page for details and info on reunion tours and the reservation form. 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