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Audio Files -Vietnam

Our collection of audio files. Many of these audio sounds are from our Discovery Channel Special “Vietnam’s Helicopter Heroes”


marine_helos_rvn.wav3m09s1.44mb About Marine helicopters in Vietnam. The importance of the helicopter in the war.
shufly.wav27s216kbApril 15, 1962, first squadron in Vietnam.
popasmoke.wav48s382kbRoger Herman (HMM-361) explaining what "POP A SMOKE" means.
uh34d.wav50s391kbRoger Herman (HMM-361) describing the Sikorsky UH-34D helicopter.
jim_farley.wav5m07s 2.34mb Jim Farley (HMM-163) talks about the events behind his photo (taken by Larry Burrows) on the cover of Life Magazine April 16, 1965
huey.wav59s464kb Marion Sturkey (HMM-265) talks about the vulnerability of the helicopter in a combat zone and Alan Barbour (VMO-2) talks about the introduction of the UH-1E "Huey" gunship helicopter.
basic_rules.wav15s175kbMarion Sturkey (HMM-265) gives his basic rules for flying in combat.
pucker_factor.wav22s174kbMarion Sturkey (HMM-265) describes the 'pucker factor" experienced while flying in combat.
the_bond.wav29s229kbRoger Herman (HMM-361) talks about the bond between the Marine grunts on the ground and the aircrews in the air.
ch46_ch53.wav40s318kbThe Marines introduce the CH-46 "Sea Knight" and the CH-53 "Sea Stallion" into the war.
khe_sanh.wav2m36s1.19mb Dick Rosser (HMM-164) talks about the 77-day seige of Khe Sanh and the non-stop helicopter missions flown to keep the Marines supplied.
medevacs.wav53s421kbRoger Herman (HMM-361) talks about the importance of the medevac missions and the saying "The Best Medal is a Live Man's Smile".
cobra.wav1m27s683kbIn 1967, the Marine's deadliest helicopter of the war, the "Cobra" gunship is introduced.
evacuation.wav45s357kbGerry Berry (HMM-165) recalls picking up the Ambassador during the evacuation of Saigon in 1975.
evacuation2.wav53s416kb0800, April 30, 1975... The helicopter war was over. Gerry Berry talks about the evacuation and how it could not have been done without the helicopter.
sturkey.wav42s330kbMarion Sturkey (HMM-265) talks about the bond and the loyalty found in Vietnam.

3m57s3.7mbby Michael Ryerson; They came in low and hot, close to the trees and dropped their tail in a flare, rocked forward and we raced for the open doorways. This was always the worst for us, we couldn't hear anything and our backs were turned to the tree line. The best you could hope for was a sign on the face of the man in the doorway, leaning out waiting to help with a tug or to lay down some lead.
mission #1
3min3mbThis mission is a troop insert into an area about two miles west of LZ Baldy. Turned out to be a base camp. As you can tell on the tape, gooners with packs and rifles were skying in all directions when the 46's landed on top of 'em. Grunts found rice caches, medical supplies, packs, gas masks, etc. Huey crew got several, but tally for the insert is unknown. I know the cobra's had a pretty good workout.
mission #2
6min6mbThis mission covers another insert near the Liberty Bridge, which I believe was near our base at An Hoa. A chu hoi led the grunts to a VC propaganda leader on this one. A medevac situation developed on this insert when four grunts were wounded by a booby trap, and another was injured somehow. Grim Reaper 14 was the ground unit call sign requesting the medevac. Note that the phrase "POP-A-SMOKE" was used several times.
Below you will find the audio for two missions in the Arizona Territory, both troop inserts (mission 80/88) which happened the same day, June 18, 1970. The huey (command & control) crew logged 11.3 hours that day. It was piloted by Major Sharr, co-pilot unknown, crew chief was Dwight Williams, gunner was Mike Sprinkle, and ground unit commander (Campus Queen call sign) onboard was a colonel who’s first name was Bill. The audio was taped by Dwight Williams.A list of call signs on the first and/or second insert include: CHATTERBOX (HMM-262?) – 6, 10, 14, 15, 24, 41 and 56. SCARFACE (HML-367) – 4, 5, 6, 11, 20, 32, 39, 41, 56. DIMMER (HMH-463?) – 1. And COMPRISE (HML-167) – 3. Keep in mind that some of the call signs were flight leaders, so other aircraft are probably involved. For instance, Chatterbox 15 was a flight of three. Also note that the audio is not in real time, the guy who made it shortened-up the time between transmissions.

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****WARNING***** The audio below contains material which may not be suitable for squeamish individuals.