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Helicopter Attack Squadron (Light) Three Memorial

 
 
Helicopter Attack Squadron (Light) Three Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, January 3, 2017
1. Helicopter Attack Squadron (Light) Three Memorial
Inscription.
In memory of these pilots and door gunners of Helicopter Attack Squadron (Light) Three known as Seawolves, volunteers all.
They gave their lives in honorable service to their country
and in defense of freedom during the Vietnam War.
These brave men helped to make HA(L)-3 one of the most decorated individual combat unit in the history of the United States Navy.
Rest In Peace Brothers.
As long as freedom lives, and is cherished, you will not be forgotten.

Seawolves Killed In Action

LT John L. Abrams ATI Robert J. Arnold LTJG Arnold W. Barden A01 Lloyd L. Bowles AMH3 Richard L. Brown ENS James F. Burke Jr. LTJG Richard H. Buzzell ADJAN Gill L. Carter LTJG Hal C. Castle Jr. AOAN Roger D. Childers AMS3 Lloyd A. Cone LCDR Lawrence L. Cover Amsi Harold E. Cowen Adj2 Donald F. Fee AMS1 Wilber D. Frahm LTJG Thomas E, Gilliam ADJ2 Charles H. Goldbin LTJG John D. Gollahon AO1 Ollie J. Gross LTJG Joseph F. Hart AMS1 Larry R. Johnson LCDR Robert D. Johnson AT3 Stephen A. Johnson ATN2 Christopher Maher ADJ3 Howard M. Meute LT John M. Mulcahy LTJG Kenneth E. Norris LTJG Antonio O. Ortiz ADJ1 Edward L. Ott III AN George M. Page LTJG Edward W. Pawlowski LTJG William A. Pedersen ADJ3 Jose P. Ramos AEC Johnny Ratliff LTJG Richard
Helicopter Attack Squadron (Light) Three Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, January 3, 2017
2. Helicopter Attack Squadron (Light) Three Memorial
J. Reardon AMH3 Raymond D. Robinson LTJG James H. Romanski ADJ2 George H. Rush Jr AO3 Michael E. Schafernocker LTJG Alfred H. Suhr AO3 James A. Wall ATR2 Walter R. Winters AMS3 Dennis M. Wobbe ADJ2 Robert E. Worth
Dedicated Nov. 5, 2004
HA(L)-3 Seawolf Association

 
Erected 2004 by the HA(L)-3 Seawolf Association.
 
Location. 32° 47.394′ N, 79° 54.347′ W. Marker is in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is on Patriots Point Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located in Patriots Point Park. Marker is in this post office area: Mount Pleasant SC 29464, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Patriots Point Vietnam Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Talos Missile (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); U.S.S. Laffey (about 700 feet away); Clamagore (SS-343) (about 700 feet away); Carrier-Based A-6 Intruder (approx. 0.2 miles away); A-6E Intruder (approx. 0.2 miles away); S-3B Viking (approx. 0.2 miles away); F-8K Crusader (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Pleasant.
 
Also see . . .  HA(L)-3 Seawolf Association. (Submitted on January 9, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Placard next to the Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, January 3, 2017
3. Placard next to the Memorial
Seawolves
HA(L)-3, nicknamed "Seawolves", developed from a need for a dedicated naval squadron of helicopter gunships in Vietnam. Due to the Brown Water Navy's early successes in the Mekong River Delta, it was decided that the U.S. Navy needed to provide air support rather than the Army.

An all-volunteer squadron, the Seawolves, soon supported Naval Special Warfare operations and the Mobile Riverine Forces in Vietnam. In 1966, Helicopter Combat Squadron one (HC-1) began flying support missions using Army surplus UH-1B gunships.

On October 31, 1966, two Navy s encountered a superior fleet of sampans and junks intent on transferring a battalion sized Viet Cong unit from one riverbank to the other. The patrol boats came under intense fire from both sides of the bank, a call for air support went out and HC-1 Det 25 arrived fifteen minutes later. While the PBRs acted as decoys to pinpoint enemy positions, Det 25 opened fire and forced a retreat through rice paddies.

Helicopter Attack Squadron (Light) 3 or HA(L)-3 was officially commissioned in South Vietnam on 1 April 1967. Missions included search and destroy, reconnaissance, MEDEVAC, SEAL team insertion and extraction. Decommissioned on 16 March 1972, the Seawolves flew over 120,000 combat missions during the Vietnam War.

 
Categories. War, Vietnam
 
Helicopter Attack Squadron (Light) Three Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, January 3, 2017
4. Helicopter Attack Squadron (Light) Three Memorial
( back of memorial )
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 9, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 9, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 163 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 9, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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