Rattler, Firebird & Snake Doctor Call Signs

Call Signs Explained

A radio call sign was assigned to each individual aircraft commander. That call sign identified that man, not any specific aircraft. Rattler followed by a number identified an aircraft commander of a slick, Firebird and a number identified an aircraft commander of a gun ship, and Snake Doctor identified a maintenance officer.

Single Digit Numbers

Single digit numbers were used by the company headquarters. The number six was the company commander, five was the executive officer and three was the operations officer.

Two Digit Numbers

For two digit numbers, the first digit identifed the platoon, where one was the first platoon, two was the second platoon and nine was the third platoon, or Firebirds. The numbers ending in six were reserved for commanders. So Rattler 16 would be the platoon leader of the first platoon, Rattler 26 would be the platoon leader of the second platoon and Firebird 96 would be the platoon leader of the third platoon Firebird gun ships. The maintenance platoon used the call sign Snake Doctor, which may or may not have also used a number, depending on time period.

Disclaimers

Note that, This information has been compiled based on the recollections of the men. Complete accuracy is therefore not assured. Also, in many cases men had different call signs at different times, based on the job they had at that time. In those cases, men may have had more than one call sign during the time they served with us. Finally, note that the dates shown are the dates the men served with our company and not necessarily the dates they used any particular call sign. If you can help us make this listing more complete, or more accurate, please contact us.

How To Use This Page

If you click on a column heading, the list will be sorted on that column and display only entries that have a value in that column. Because some of the entries contain multiple call signs, or non-numeric characters, the sort is done alphabetically instead of numerically. That means that they are sorted first by the first character, then the second character, etc.
 

Call Sign Listing

NameRattlerFirebirdSnakedoctorDates with unit
Sneed, William D. 7 05/69 to 03/70
Anton, Frank 90 04/67 to 01/68
Norris, James R. 90 11/66 to 06/67
Daugherty, Joseph P. 90 10/66 to 10/67
Horn, Jack 91 06/66 to 06/67
Taylor, Richard P.2391 09/67 to 09/68
Ginter, Duane L. 91 11/64 to 10/65
Eggleston, Robert A. 91, 92 08/65 to 08/66
Arndt, Denis L. 91, 92 08/65 to 08/66
Bianchini, Richard 91, 97 09/66 to 09/67
Friel, Mike 92 05/70 to 05/71
Buzzell, Stephen R. 92 09/67 to 05/68
Jones, J. Mel 92 09/66 to 09/67
Kazmierowski, Lynn M. 92 11/68 to 11/69
Alsop, James M. 92 07/69 to 07/70
Riley, W. Patrick 93 06/70 to 06/71
Rice, Greg 93 03/68 to 03/69
Merry, William 93 04/71 to 08/71
Leopold, Mark E.9393 07/67 to 07/68
Freeberg, George H. 93 08/64 to 11/65
Ellingsworth, David A. 93 11/66 to 11/67
Hoover, David 93 04/70 to 02/71
Collins, Jim M.2093 09/67 to 09/68
Day, Richard 93 ??/66-??/67
Bogle, Charles S. 93 11/65 to 11/66
Ericsson, Gerald L.1994 07/68 to 07/69
Lard, William R.2594 10/68 to 10/69
Blakley, John A. 94 03/69 to 03/70
Bauer, Bruce E. 94 02/70 to 02/71
O'Byrne, Joseph T. 94 11/64 to 05/65
Carlock, Chuck1194 09/67 to 09/68
Gardiner, Robert J. 94 04/68 to 11/68
Owen, Bill 95 69
Hilliard, Buck 95 10/70 to 09/71
Parsons, Robert L. 95 10/67 to 03/68
Wiegand, Ken F. 95 02/67 to 02/68
Webster, Rick W.1995 10/67 to 09/68
Redemann, Paul E. 95 03/70 to 03/71
Keller, Bill 95 07/66 to 07/67
Duerksen, Forrest C. 95 ??/69 to ??/70
Sundberg, Ray G. 96 05/71 to 09/71
White, Gary E.19, 596 05/68 to 03/69
Stone, Gordon L. 96 08/64 to 08/65
Sienkiewicz, Richard J.16, 596Snakedoctor 603/70 to 03/71
Frye, William H.1696 08/66 to 08/67
Marty, Tom J.2696 04/70 to 04/71
Burroughs, Bob 96 12/67 to 12/68
Irwin, Roy J.1296 ??/68 to ??/69
Igoe, Terry 96 07/68 to 07/69
Carson, Frank L. 97 07/67 to 08/68
Collins, Hubert V 97 06/70 to 06/71
Combs, Robert M.2097 02/69 to 02/70
McHugh, Kelly C. 97 08/68 to 08/69
Markiewicz, Ronald E. 97 03/71 to 09/71
London, William G. 97 02/68 to 02/69
Wheeler, Dennis E. 98 10/68 to 10/69
Hingston, Wilford E. 98 06/66 to 06/67
Froehling, Stuart C. 98 06/70 to 06/71
Decker, Douglas4498 ??/70 to ??/70
Osbron, Roscoe O. 98 01/70 to 12/70
Bandini, Vic J. 99 10/68 to 10/69
Vishy, Don 99 03/68 to 03/69
Lane, Doug G. 99 01/71 to 09/71
Boltinghouse, Pat L. 99 10/66 to 07/67
Freeman, Wendell O. 99 06/70 to 06/71
Glenn, Rusty 99 04/69 to 04/70
Grady, Dry 99 11/69 to 11/70