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Our collection of audio files. Many of these audio sounds are from our Discovery Channel Special "Vietnam's Helicopter Heroes"
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FILENAME  LENGTH  SIZE  DESCRIPTION 
marine_helos_rvn.wav 3m09s 1.44mb About Marine helicopters in Vietnam. The importance of the helicopter in the war.
shufly.wav 27s 216kb April 15, 1962, first squadron in Vietnam.
popasmoke.wav 48s 382kb Roger Herman (HMM-361) explaining what "POP A SMOKE" means.
uh34d.wav 50s 391kb Roger Herman (HMM-361) describing the Sikorsky UH-34D helicopter.
jim_farley.wav 5m07s 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.wav 59s 464kb 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.wav 15s 175kb Marion Sturkey (HMM-265) gives his basic rules for flying in combat.
pucker_factor.wav 22s 174kb Marion Sturkey (HMM-265) describes the 'pucker factor" experienced while flying in combat.
the_bond.wav 29s 229kb Roger Herman (HMM-361) talks about the bond between the Marine grunts on the ground and the aircrews in the air.
ch46_ch53.wav 40s 318kb The Marines introduce the CH-46 "Sea Knight" and the CH-53 "Sea Stallion" into the war.
khe_sanh.wav 2m36s 1.19mb 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.wav 53s 421kb Roger Herman (HMM-361) talks about the importance of the medevac missions and the saying "The Best Medal is a Live Man's Smile".
cobra.wav 1m27s 683kb In 1967, the Marine's deadliest helicopter of the war, the "Cobra" gunship is introduced.
evacuation.wav 45s 357kb Gerry Berry (HMM-165) recalls picking up the Ambassador during the evacuation of Saigon in 1975.
evacuation2.wav 53s 416kb 0800, 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.wav 42s 330kb Marion Sturkey (HMM-265) talks about the bond and the loyalty found in Vietnam.

marine_helos_rvn.wav manindoorway.mp3 3m57s 3.7mb by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 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.

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. 
mission #1

3min 3mb This 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

6min 6mb This 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.