Gary Hutchison Memorial Chapter 1028

NOW

Bill Harding

The Way We Were

Crew Chief / Door Gunner, Bill, next to UH -1F Hornet Gunship, Nha Trang, June 1967

Bill served in the Air Force from 1964 - 1968.  He was with the 20th Special Operations Squadron known as the "GreenHornets" which participated  in projects Sigma and Omega.Other operations included: Daniel Boone, Prairie Fire, and Shining Brass. The Green Hornets also supported GreenBeret recon  teams in the Central Highlands, Laos, and Cambodia.  On Thanksgiving Day 1967 they assisted in the Dak To battle for Hill 875 by providing gunship and Medivac support for the 173rd and other units.


 

Vietnam Veterans of America

THEN

It's been decades since we served. But to many of us, it seems like only yesterday.  Today we are old and slow; but once we were young and swift.  For those who never knew us then; and for those who can't remember when, take a look back at‚Äč  the way we were:

Patch after 1968

Original Patch 1967
"Don't let the Little Bastards get you Down"

UH-1F Huey Gunship, 1967

Rubbing shoulders with Thai Army grunts, 1966

Green Hornet Sgt.Ron Wilkerson with 7.62 minigun.

Montagnard Tribesmen recon team.

Green Beret SFC Jerry "Mad Dog" Shriver prepping his team prior to insertion into Laos in 1967.  Shriver went MIA in 1968.

Bill preparing for a mission to Dak To, November 1967.

An Air Force NCO eating C-rations!

Sgt .Jim Ludvig

THEN

Left door gunner Sgt. Bill -- ready for action.

5th Special Forces Green Beret recon team prior to insertion into Laos by Green Hornet Huey.

Bunker duty, NKP Thailand, 1966