On February 4, 1962, the first U.S. helicopter is shot down in Vietnam. It was one of 15 helicopters ferrying South Vietnamese Army troops into battle near the village of Hong My in the Mekong Delta.

The first U.S. helicopter unit had arrived in South Vietnam aboard the ferry carrier USNS Core on December 11, 1961.

Escort Carrier U.S.S. Core (CVE-13) arrives in Saigon Dec 11, 1961

Escort Carrier U.S.S. Core (CVE-13) arrives in Saigon Dec 11, 1961

 

This contingent included 33 Vertol H-21C Shawnee helicopters and 400 air and ground crewmen to operate and maintain them. Their assignment was to airlift South Vietnamese Army troops into combat.

ARVN soldiers run to board U.S. Army CH-21C Shawnee helicopters. (LIFE Magazine

ARVN soldiers run to board U.S. Army CH-21C Shawnee helicopters. (LIFE Magazine

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3 responses

  1. Birgit says:

    1962…and so much more to follow. This was a war that is still controversial but the men who fought it should all be applauded for their efforts

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  2. Sheryl says:

    Interesting. . . I learned something new. I wouldn’t have guessed that the first helicopter was shot down in 1962.

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