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Troop 3rd of the 5th Air Cavalry
Photo Courtesy of Mr.
John Conway & VHPA Museum
March 11, 2002
These pages are dedicated to
the men who served in "Charlie Horse" from
30 January 1971 through
Some explanation about why
these men are honored on the Light Horse website is in order.
In January 1971 the Army, in
it's infinite wisdom and for reasons unknown to any of us,
exchanged the unit
designations between two Air Cavalry units.
No personnel were
No Equipment or
property was relocated.
Each unit even kept
their Troop and Platoon call signs.
Only the unit colors
(Flags) were switched.
Rumor has it that the
guidons from both units never actually made it to
their respective "new" homes, such was the animosity caused by
Not to mention each unit's
fierce pride of lineage.
Before the change, D Troop
3/5th Cavalry, Troop callsign "Light Horse", was stationed at
Vinh Long Army Airfield in IV Corps, Vietnam's Delta.
C Troop 3/17 Air Cavalry,
Troop callsign "Charlie Horse", was stationed at Quang Tri in
I Corps in the Northernmost part of Vietnam.
When the "switch" took
place, "Charlie Horse" became D Troop, 3/5th Air
Cavalry, still at Quang Tri
"Light Horse" became
C Troop, 3/17th Air Cavalry, still at Vinh Long.
On 15 December 1971,
Charlie Horse was moved to
Camp Evans and again re-named.
This time, D Troop, 3rd
Squadron, 5th Cavalry was re-designated as
D Troop 17th Cavalry
D Troop 17th Armored Cavalry
has a rich and colorful history as an Armored Unit. It had
On 15 Dec. 1971 it was
reactivated as an Air Cavalry Troop.
It again deactivated on 10,
Then reactivated on 30
April, 1972, again as a separate Air Cavalry Troop,
This time using the assets
of D Troop, 1st Squadron, 15th cavalry.
The Unit finally departed
Vietnam and deactivated 26, February 1973
It is not know at this time
if the "Charlie Horse"callsign was carried through each of the
More History about D Troop
17th Cavalry, "REDCATCHERS", can be found by clicking here.
More information is coming.
This will be an "working"
As I learn more from
former members and collect historical data,
it will be presented
There will be a display
of unit patches, documents and other graphics as they are
There was a lot of
activity during the 9 or 10 months the unit held the 3/5th
As with many units in
that A/O during Lam Son 719, there was an unusually large
number of KIAs and some MIAs that need to be recognized.
If you are a former member
of D Troop, Charlie Horse -
I hope you will contribute
to the construction and help insure the historical accuracy of
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