In a message dated 8/23/2013 8:02:38 A.M. Central Daylight Time, SOG1RLNOE@aol.com writes:
Hello Frank, I do remember this situation with the Five O Duce and I do remember her from Vietnam on that mission. The reason I remember her was because my brother was KIA'd with Det A 502 in 67 and I thought it very odd that I was boarding that bird (502) in Quan Tri for the Co Roc mission as it was the first bird to return from putting some of our troops at Khe Sahn after refueling. Frank, from my memory you were on this bird, see http://www.macvsog.cc/co_roc_mountain.htmI followed this story some years ago to the point the bird was destroyed and thought that was the end of the story, sure glad it isn't and there may be another life for her. I will get this story out and ask all of those within the SOG and SF community to come aboard and lets make this a reality. This bird, the last of her era with such a history can be restored and preserved.This might be a good joint venture project for both the SOA/SFA as organizations to support, if not, their members might want to jump in and assist us in this effort.For many of you who flew with the 101st for insertions/extractions, you might have been on this same bird as well.In a message dated 8/22/2013 11:58:14 P.M. Central Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:Robert,A CCN crippled war bird needs the MACVSOG brothers help.The Co Roc Mountain story you wrote did not include a heroic battled ship Huey, that flew many CCN missions including the Co Roc Mission and needs all of our help to be revived. The aircraft number; UH-1H #67-19502 and is called the Five-O-Deuce (502).We now know that on the Co Roc Mission, it was either the ship you were in or it was right behind you. Each Aircraft Commander (AC) flew their own ship and it was either, WO1 Dennis Beattie's aircraft at the time, whose aircraft you were on, or it had been turned over to me and became my ship and I was flying it right behind you. Either way it became part of the Co Roc Mountain mission and CCN History during one of those difficult times for both the team and the crews.
It later survived Vietnam and twenty plus years after the Vietnam War, the 502 ended up being salvaged from destruction by a Comanchero named Robert Carr (who was a captain at the Charlotte County Sheriff's Aviation Department) at the time. Carr with permission of his then current commander, got in touch with a few retired Comanchero's who volunteered to restored the 502 at their own expense--and did so to a beautifully, magnificent flying monument for all those who served in Vietnam. More information on 502 can be found at: http://comanchero502.com/ Because of Five-O-Deuce's war history it was chosen to participate in a 10,000 mile flight, across the country, in the hope of healing lots of Vietnam Veterans and money was raised to produce a live movie throughout this mission called the "Shadow of the Blade". www.intheshadowoftheblade.comSoon after permission was given to participate in this flight, an election was held and a new commander was elected to the Charlotte County Sheriff's Aviation Department. Five-O-Deuce ended up destroyed intentionally by a sadistic, leftist's, communistic commander and his second in command at the Charlotte County Sheriff's Aviation Department before the Shadow Of The Blade mission could take place. To make a long story short; Captain Carr testified against these two crooks, in a corruption case, 20 some years prior to the 502 being destroyed and they were prosecuted and found guilty. Somehow these two crooks were able to get the records sequestered and ended up running for sheriff and getting elected some 20 years later. With their position and power they set out to destroy Captain Carr and when they were unsuccessful--they attempted and almost succeeded in destroying forever the Five-O-Deuce and did it disgracefully.
The 502 is currently located in parts at the Pratt Museum at Fort Campbell, Kentucky…just sitting and waiting for someone to bring her back to life….that someone is the Indiana Air Search and Rescue organization (IASAR) You can find them at http://iasar.org/ https://www.facebook.com/pages/IASAR-Indiana-Air-Search-and-Rescue/335157712476 Pay them a visit, they are well recognized and deserving to take care of the historic Five-O-Deuce.
We would like SOG members to please, take a moment to contact the Chief Curator at the US Army Center of Military History asking them to partner with IASAR so they can revive and preserve the Military History of the "Five-O-Deuce". I would hope that you would forward this request to your many friends and family and encourage them to send a message to the Chief Curator. Great men got to appreciate a great machine and 502 served CCN exceptionally as many aircraft have. However, this is one of the last of the Mohicans and a big part of the legions of MACVSOG as well--so please--we need everyone who appreciates the Huey to take a few minutes and save her…
WE NEED LETTERS OF SUPPORT!You can help us by writing a letter in support of Indiana Air Search and Rescue (IASAR) and their team of Veteran and aviation volunteers to take possession and ownership of the 502 from the Pratt Museum in Ft. Campbell. IASAR will use their resources, funding and team to put the 502 back in the air for future generations.Please write to:Chief CuratorUS Army Center of Military History102 4th Avenue Building 35Fort McNair, DC 20319-5060Thanks You,Frank A TiganoComanchero 11SOA 1754-GA