Category Archives: Rattlers and Firebirds

Rattler Firebird Reunion 2014

I just returned from the 2014 reunion of Vietnam’s finest, the Rattlers and Firebirds of the 501st Aviation Battalion and 71st Assault Helicopter Company. This year’s reunion was in Fort Worth, Texas. It’s always great to visit, in person with … Continue reading

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Salute to Firebird Nine One and Crew

This post is dedicated to my brother, Capt. Herbert C. Crosby, MIA Vietnam for over 37 years. He was a gunship pilot with the 71st Assault Helicopter Company, Chu Lai, Vietnam, 1969-70. He and his crew were listed MIA 10 … Continue reading

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Remembering Firebird Nine One and Crew

Today, January 10, 2013 is the 43rd anniversary of the loss Firebird Nine One and crew. It’s been 43 years of one of life’s bitter events, a tragic casualty of war. Four families and countless friends and comrades spent years waiting, wondering, … Continue reading

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Rattler Firebird Reunion 2012 – New Orleans

The Rattler Firebird Reunion in New Orleans this year! Great event, as always. 71st Assault Helicopter Company Firebirds from Summer ’69 era with Flamingo 91 far left. Firebirds Dan and Marylou at the banquet. Marylou with guest speaker Joe Galloway. Marylou, Joe … Continue reading

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Remembering Firebird Nine One and Crew

January 10, 1970 Standing tall in honor and memory of Firebird Nine One crew: Capt. Herbert C. Crosby, WO3 George Andrew Howes, WO1 Wayne C Allen, and WO1 Francis G. Graziosi, all U.S. Army.

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Firebird Nine One Crew Drawing by Massachusetts Artist

This pencil drawing was given to our family at the funeral of WO George A. (Andy) Howes earlier this month in Arlington, Virginia. The drawing was done by artist Gina Johnson of Woburn, MA. Gina has sketched many military members … Continue reading

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Facebook Page for Andy Howes

View the In Memory Facebook page for Andy: Facebook: In Memory of George Andrews [Andy] Howes Lots of information, photos, video of Knox, Indiana Welcome Home services.

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