Here is an excellent photo montage of the 1st Battalion, 187th " Rakasan's", 11th Air Assault Division, Ft. Benning Ga. Photos show training activities prior to conversion to the 1st Cavalry Division and deployment to Vietnam. You may see yourself here. Down the left column is a copy of photos from D Company of the 187th. Many of these soldiers deployed to Vietnam as part of D Company 1/12th, and you will recognize many of your Brothers in Arms. These photos attest to the intensive tactics development and training in the new concept of helicopter warfare. (Click on photos to enlarge)
D Company Barbecue, 16 November 1964
Could almost be in Vietnam. Part of "Sky Soldier 1" exercise
Ready to "Stand in the Door"
Between Chute and PAE Bag
Lt Col Harlow Clark (CO 187th) and Capt. Gergulis attend D Company Barbecue. SSG Frank O'Dell with the meat skewer over his shoulder
S/SGT Perpetua giving a class on the 81 mm Mortor 13 July 1965. (He was KIA 17 Dec,1966)
Mortar Training Discussion. Larry White on left.
Practice Exiting a Chopper
SMaj Shannon Sept 18, 1964, near Ridgeway N.C. General Abrams visit.
Col. George S. Beatty, CO 1st Air Assault Brigade, discusses tactical situation on drop zone, Camp Mackall N.C. 18 Nov, 1964
Sgt Rubio, Sgt Oyler, and Sgt Atkins (from C Company).