Oklahoma City in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
"Any Army aviator or crew member..."
A black cat with red eyes in front of a yellow full moon was the combat insignia for the 282nd Helicopter Assault Company stationed at Da Nang, Vietnam, and a detatchment out of Hue, just south of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the border between North and South Vietnam. Aircraft commanders in the assault company had radio call signs that identified them and their aircraft and this particular one was Black Cat 2-1.
First Lieutenant Bob Ford in Hue, South Vietnam, January 1968. In this photograph Lieutenant Ford is wearing a bulletproof chest protector and holding his M16 rifle. His crew chief has just refueled his Huey. One of two M60 machine guns on the helicopter is shown and the Huey is standing on a portable steel platform.
Tour of Duty: July 1967-July 1968, 282nd Assault Helicopter Company - Black Cats. Call sign: Black Cat 2-1.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Animals • War, Vietnam. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1968.
Location. 35° 29.636′ N, 97° 29.85′ W. Marker is in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in Oklahoma County. Marker can be reached from Nazih Zuhdi Drive west of North Laird Avenue. Marker is on the grounds of the Oklahoma History Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City OK 73105, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Huey Helicopters: Workhorses of the War in Vietnam (here, next to this marker); Huey Helicopter (a few steps from this marker); Model 1861 3-Inch Ordnance Rifle (within shouting distance of this marker); Chahte Tamaha (within shouting distance of this marker); Choctaw Nation (within shouting distance of this marker); Oberlin (within shouting distance of this marker); The Great Raft (within shouting distance of this marker); Blue River (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oklahoma City.
Regarding "Any Army aviator or crew member...". The "Tip of the Spear" became an exterior exhibit at the Oklahoma History Center in early 2021. It was dedicated on March 29, 2021, with a ceremony on National Vietnam Veterans Day. Speakers that day included Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, retired Captain Bob Ford (mentioned on the marker) and Michael Do (representing the Vietnamese-American community).
Credits. This page was last revised on May 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 6, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 6, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.