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Troop 3rd of the 5th Air Cavalry
I Corps - 1971 thru 1972
Photo Courtesy of Mr.
John Conway & VHPA Museum
Website initiated March
These pages are dedicated to
the men who served in "Charlie Horse" from
30 January 1971 through February 1973.
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 the change.
Not to mention each unit's fierce pride of
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
"Charliehorse", 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 been deacvtivated.
On 15 Dec. 1971 it was
reactivated as an Air Cavalry Troop.
It again deactivated on
10, March 1972.
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 name changes.
More History about D Troop
17th Cavalry, "REDCATCHERS", can be found by clicking here.
More information is
This will be an "working"
As I learn more from former members and
collect historical data,
it will be presented here.
There will be a display of unit
patches, documents and other graphics as they are collected.
There was a lot of activity during the
9 or 10 months the unit held the 3/5th designation.
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 your
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