Army Reporter information
for 145 CAB

For date 680525

145 CAB was a US Army unit
18 ARVN DIV was a US Army unit
Primary service involved, US Army
South Vietnam
Location, Bien Hoa
Description: The following is an edited version of an article titled "Avn Bn's Medevac Saves 50" dated 25 May 1968. "I'm sure glad I got you working for me today." Those were the words of a captain in charge of the Direct Combat Support aircraft at Xuan Loc, as he expressed his thanks for the outstanding job of the 145th CAB was doing in evacuating casualties under intense VC fire. Two members of the battalion, WOs Russell Bowers and Robert Wislowski commanded the ships responsible for saving over 59 lives. Along Highway 20 between Dinh Quan and Luc Trung, an element of the 18th ARVN Div was ambushed by a battalion of VC. Heavy contact for the rest of the day pushed the VC back into the jungle leaving many casualties on both sides. During the action there were over 50 jet strikes. Light fire teams were also on station. Together they defeated the VC and allowed the ARVN unit to regain its strength. The VC were on one side of the road and the ARVN were on the other. Both fought furiously leaving many wounded in need of medical evacuation. The two aviators were on station quickly, going in under the enemy fire, retrieving the wounded and evacuating them to medical facilities. Together they made more than 10 trips into the area.
Comments: WO Bowers, Russell; pilot; ; WO Wislowski, Robert; pilot; ;

The source for this information was 6805AR.AVN supplied by Les Hines

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