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3rd of the 5th Air Cavalry
Photo Courtesy of Mr. John
& 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 moved.
No Equipment or property
Each unit even kept their
Troop and Platoon call signs.
Only the unit colors
Rumor has it that the guidons
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 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,
Horse" became D Troop, 3/5th Air Cavalry, still at Quang Tri
"Light Horse" became
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 deavtivated.
On 15 Dec. 1971 it was
as an Air Cavalry Troop.
It again deactivated on 10, March
Then reactivated on 30 April,
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
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 here.
There will be a display of
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
MIAs that need to be recognized.
If you are a former member
D Troop, Charlie Horse -
I hope you will contribute to the
construction and help insure the historical accuracy of your site.
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