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SP5 G.Scott Doster

I was transferred to the 242nd ASHC (MuleSkinners). Stationed at Bien Hoa Air Base, then later moved to Cu Chi located in the Iron Triangle ,Ho Bo Woods about 30 miles west of Saigon, on Route One, which was a major infiltration route from Cambodian border. (Cu Chi was well known for it's Veit Cong Tunnels ) Nov. 1967 to April 26, 1968.
WE were put on the perimeter had to build new barracks ,flight line,showers,sand bags bunks,plus guard our owe perimeter here we began operations in late Nov. 1967

We supplied several fire support bases regularly. They would receive around five sorties of ammunition, food and water. the ammunition was always the heaviest and the water trailer with food the lightest so we tried to time the sorties based on fuel on board. The Chinook carried 4,000 pounds of fuel, which was enough to safely fly for about one and half hours before refueling. The CH-47 was rated to carry 16,000 pounds sling load underneath or 13,000 pounds inside,but because of high density altitude in Vietnam and the extra weight of armour plating( better known as chickenplates),some of which was used to set or stand on during flight. weapons usually two M-60 Machine guns,four M-16, four or more hand guns38s,44sometimes M79 grenade launcher, and five crew members with flak vests,our load carrying capabilities varied considerably down to 8000 pounds or less.

During Tet Offensive1968,(Year of the Monkey) we supported the 25th Infantry Division and 101st Airborne Division our role was to transport artillery and guncrews, infantry, ammunition . The howitzers, either the 105mm or the newer lighter 102mm were almost always sling loaded piggy-back with ammunition underneath. Artillery bases could be quickly set up in hostile territory ready to support the infantry or other bases.Infanty uints would retake Veitnamese villages ,we would be called in to evacuate people,all they own ,dogs cattle, chickens,personal belongings to a new locations. we also hauled prisoners of war,wounded personnel,tear gas in 55 gal. drums up to 30 could be carried, rolled out the back of helicopter on a fly overs of supected enemy base camps, rest areas or infiltration routes. Jeeps ,water trailers,food, fixed wing aircraft,downed Hueys, Korean units( Rock Troops). ARVN combat troops were about 30 percent VC sympathizes, so when transporting 40 or more of them you made sure you didn't have a VC in the ship with a hand grenade or a loaded weapon if possible!

After missions were flown, ships were refuelled and put back in there revetments. here maintance crews, mostly at night, would inspect ships for wear and tear, change oil in transmisson , clean gas filter, oil filters,check all saftywire on two jet engines,replace damaged blades, adjust flight controlls, anythings and everything that might go wrong with a Chinook. maintance personal worked around the clock in two 12hr. shifs 6to6,also had to gaurd are own perimeter at night.
Records show that a total of 140 US Army Chinooks were lost to various causes in Vietnam up to Aug 31 1972. The first of these, was lost on November 15 1965. The US Army lost 58 to combat causes,80 to accidents and two to other causes. Fifteen combat losses occurred on the ground, including nine from 242sd (Muleskinners) destroyed on February 26 1969 when Veit Cong sappers penetrated the defences at Cu Chi. A further 37 VNAF Chinooks were lost to combat causes .38 remained when Saigon fell in April 1975 captured by the enemy.These figures were compiled by Lt.Gary Roush who is responsible for data base for the Veitnam Helicopter Pilots Association.

Place and date of discharge: Left Viet Nam April 26, 1968 from Tan Son Nhut Air Force Base with stop overs in Japan and Aknorage Alaska to Oakland Air Force Base, flight time 22 hours. discharged on April 27, 1968, This took 27 hours to be discharged honorably, reason for discharge, expiration of term of active service . Ranks obtained to the highest at Discharge: SP5




This photo was took in May,1966, The day I was drafted!
Kim and 3year old Mark,...Millard was at school
Here is a short note I worte Mark from Vietnam

Dear Mark
How have you been? A good boy I hope! Have you been helping mother
with the new house,do you like your new bedroom? I got your picture
with sis sure have a happy face and dark blu eyes.
How's everything on the farm? Are you helping Dad with the chores
now that the big boys are back in school?
How is your new cat? I hear you called it "Rita" (I think)
Have you been down to see Miss Hale's little girl yet?........
I can only think of guestions to ask you...because I don't think
you would understand anything I could tell you about this place
any ways......I sure don't!
You are sure lucky you didn't come to the Army with me, I don't think
you would like it here very much...I don't
You keep looking for those big planes, like the one I left on, because
some day soon one just like it is going to bring me home for good....

love ya!
your big brother.......Scotty

This here is my last pice of gum,
so don't lose it till you can
eat it up and enjoy it
because it has traveled at least
25,000 miles and seen the world.

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