unit history information
for 155 AHC

For date 670827

155 AHC was a US Army unit
CIDG was a Vietnamese Army unit
Primary service involved, US Army
Darlac Province, II Corps, South Vietnam
Location, Duc Lap
Description: The 155th Aviation Company unit history states that six lift and four gunships extracted 180 CIDG and Special Forces troops from Duc Lap in Darlac Province. As the transport flight lifted out of the Duc Lap LZ on the first lift, hostile fire was received. Two 155th aircraft were hit and one returned immediately to the airfield. The other aircraft, commanded by WO Steve Owens, was forced down into a clearing in the jungle when it lost oil presure. The aircraft was receiving fire when it touched down in the clearing from an enemy force in the tree line. One of the passengers was wounded by the fire. The remainder of the flight followed WO Owens into the clearing and their passengers secured the area within ten minutes. Two hours later the damaged aircraft was removed, but the CIDG commander decided to take the opportunity to stalk the enemy and remained on the target which had been inadvertently offered him. WO Owens said of the action, "It was close, but how many times can you get shot down and have your own line company follow you in? We were receiving heavy fire on the ground. Had it not been for the quick reaction of those CIDG, my crew would not be alive today."
Comments: WO1 Owens, Steve; AC; ;

The source for this information was 1967 Unit History of the 155th AVN by SP4 Hunter

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