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About Our Patches

Casper the Friendly Ghost was our original call sign.  It was later shortened to that of "Casper" in 1965.  From that point on, our group proudly known as the Casper Aviation Platoon.

The Casper Platoon "ghost" was first painted by a pilot in early 1965. It was quickly used by all of the Caspers after that.

There were at least 3 different Casper Platoon patches that were worn in Vietnam from 1965-1971.

The one above was the first version of the Casper Platoon patch made in Bien Hoa and was worn by our original crew between 1965-1967.

Above is the second Casper patch that was designed and worn by Casper Platoon crew members from 1968-1971.

This Inferno Aero Scout patch was designed to be worn by the OH-6 Inferno flight crew members on their survival vest from 1968-1971.  This HIADD image was also painted on their aircraft.

This patch above was the Casper Platoon version of the "Viet Cong Hunting Club."  Many of the crew also wore it.

This patch was designed by a Casper pilot for the Casper min-reunion held at the 1987 VHPA reunion.



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Origin & Brief History

Casper Aviation Platoon was the only separate aviation platoon in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.  Casper was organized with the 173d Airborne Brigade on Okinawa in 1963 and arrived in country with the Herd on May 5, 1965 becoming the first U.S. Army ground unit committed to the Vietnam War. Casper Platoon supported the Brigade until they all left Bong Son, Vietnam in early August 1971. 

Casper flew almost every type of heliborne mission there was including resupply, visual reconnaissance, Snoopy, Nighthawk, dust off, command & control and combat assault missions.  Besides loyalty and dedication to their job, Caspers had the highest "extension" rate in the Brigade.  Casper Platoon Veterans served the 173d Airborne Brigade proudly during their "Tour of Duty" , and continue to be honored today for their service in Vietnam.

"This website is dedicated to all of the men who served in Casper Aviation Platoon"


Ghost Town

LZ English, Bong Son 1969

During our tour, Casper Platoon was relocated four different times and made LZ English our final home in early 1968.

Casper's "Ghost Town"  was located on the east side of English and right next to "Sniper Village." 

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Map of Vietnam

Casper Aviation Platoon areas of operation from 1965 thru 1971.



Links to some of our favorite places



U.S. Army Awards and Decorations

Many of the Casper Platoon crew members were awarded some of  the medals below during their tour of duty in Vietnam: The Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Medals, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.


Headquarters & Headquarter Company - 173d Airborne Brigade also received four U.S. Army Unit Citations and Campaign Participation.  For more information: Unit Awards


Web Site & Photo Album Sections

Casper Aviation Platoon:  Complete History | Memorial | Wounded

Casper News | Assigned Aircraft | Unit Citations | Casper Flags

Web Site Awards | 8th of November | Reunion Albums | Reunion

Photo Albums:  Page 1   | Page 2   | Page 3    | Page 4   | Page 5   

Photo Albums:  Page 6   | Page 7   | Page 8    | Page 9   | Page 10

Photo Albums:  Page 11 | Page 12 | Page 13 | Page 14 | Page 15

Photo Albums:  Page 16 | Page 17 | Page 18 | Page 19 | Page 20

Photo Albums:  Page 21 | Page 22 | Page 23 | Page 24 | Page 25

Photo Albums:  Page 26 | Page 27 | Page 28 | Page 29 | Page 30

Photo Albums:  Page 31 | Page 32 | Page 33 | Page 34 | Page 35

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Casper Platoon: Reunion 2015

Fort Worth, Texas - Complete Information is Posted!


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The Contest Details are posted on the reunion web page


Aircraft Assigned

Casper Aircraft information is provided by the Vietnam Helicopter Pilot Association, VHPA.


OH-13S Sioux "Hot Stuff."  Bien Hoa Airfield, 1965



OH-13S Sioux "Hot Stuff".  Bien Hoa Airfield, 1966


UH-1H Iroquois "Huey."  Dak To, 1967


UH-1H Iroquois "Huey."  An Khe, 1968


OH-6A Cayuse "Inferno Scout."  Bong Son, 1968


UH-1H Iroquois "Huey."  Central Highlands, 1969


OH-6A Cayuse "Inferno Scout."  Bong Son, 1969


OH-58A Kiowa "Scout."  An Khe, 1970







Casper Extraction, 1970 Story

Central Highlands, Vietnam

Central Highlands, LZ English and more.

Helicopter Nose Art

Photos of Casper Platoon Helicopter Nose Art from 1965 to 1971.

Casper News

Casper Platoon Veteran Updates.

Commemorative Stone

National Vietnam War Museum News Release.

Vietnam War Flags

Casper Aviation Platoon, 173d Airborne Brigade and other flags.

Vietnam War Music

Vietnam War Movies

Popular songs from our tour of duty and movies about the Vietnam War.

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173d Airborne Brigade and other related Vietnam web sites, veteran benefits, resource information links and important information.

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