11th Combat Aviation Group - DaNang
- We Make the Difference
Presidential Unit Citation—23
Oct–26 Nov 65, Valorous Unit Award—1 May–29 Jun 70, Meritorious Unit
Commendation—Sep 65–Nov 66
was constituted 1 February 1963 in the Regular Army as 11th Air Assault
Aviation Group, and assigned to the 11th Air Assault Division.It was Activated 5 February 1963 at Fort Benning, Georgia. On 1 July 1965 it was reorganized
and re-designated as 11th Aviation Group; concurrently, relieved from
assignment to the 11th Air Assault Division and assigned to the 1st Cavalry
Division.It was relieved 5 May 1971
from assignment to the 1st Cavalry Division.The group was then assigned to 1st Aviation Brigade and moved back to I
Corps at Da Nang, where it was rebuilt with units remaining in Vietnam. It remained there until March 1973.
Then reorganized and re-designated 16 October 1987 as 11th Aviation Brigade.
Then reorganized and re-designated 17 November 1993 as 11th Aviation Group.
Decorations:Presidential Unit Citation (Army) for PLEIKU
PROVINCE, Valorous Unit Award for FISH HOOK, Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army) for VIETNAM 1965-1966, Republic
of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm for VIETNAM 1965-1969, Republic of
Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm for VIETNAM 1969-1970, Republic of Vietnam
Cross of Gallantry with Palm for VIETNAM 1970-1971, Republic of Vietnam Cross
of Gallantry with Palm for VIETNAM 1971-1972, Republic of Vietnam Civil Action
Honor Medal, First Class for VIETNAM 1969-1970
11th Group Org - November
Group Org – January 1973
48thAHC (Assault Helicopter Co)
HHC (Heavy Helicopter Co)
21stRAC (Recon Airplane Co)
62ndCAC (Corps Aviation Co)
SAC (Surveillance Airplane Co)
ASHC (A/228th ) (Assault Support Helicopter Co)
If your unit is not on this page, you will
find it by referring to the Brigade Org Chart for 1969 on the home page www.1stavnbde.com
48th Assault Helicopter Company by R.N. Appleby,
that were part of the 1st Aviation Brigade 11th CAG 1972 - 1973:
Headquarters and Headquarters Company – DaNang
48th Assault Helicopter Company - Blue Stars,
Jokers – see article
Valorous Unit Awards—1–20 Jun 66; 8 Feb–24 Mar 71
Meritorious Unit Commendations—Dec 65–Sep 66; 5 Sep 66–31 Mar 67
The company operated out of NinhHoa II Corps until 1971, then moved to I Corps Dong
Ha and PhuBai. They were
with 11th Group from Apr 1972 to Aug 1972. This unit served in Vietnam
from 1965 to 1972, transferring over from our 17th Group when the group
62nd Corps Aviation Company - Royal Coachmen – PhuBai, Da
The 62nd was in Vietnam
from August 1964 with our 212th Battalion in PhuBai. They operated in support of XXIV Corps. Then
they operated out of DaNang
from Dec 1971 to Mar 1972. This company flew high level officers and visiting VIP’s in their Huey’s, Kiowa’s
and U21 airplanes. The maintenance standards were extremely high as was the
attention to detail.
Meritorious Unit Commendations—1 Nov 68–31 Jan 70; 1 Feb 70–31 Jul 71
In country from 1966 to
1972, the 142nd Transportation Company supported numerous types of helicopters and
fixed-wing aircraft. Its specialists and technicians provided aircraft
maintenance and repair-parts support - for the aircraft and also their
armament. The 142nd served most of its tour as part of the 58th
Transportation Battalion (Allied Aircraft Maintenance and Supply) and came over
to our brigade during its final year.
Assault Support Helicopter Co. – Wildcats – with us Apr 1971 into 1972
Presidential Unit Citation—25 Aug 66–4 Apr 67,Valorous Unit Award—1–31 Oct 67
When the 1st Cavalry
Division stood down in Vietnam Mar 1971, a number of units remained in country. The 3rd
Brigade continued to operate with the addition companies of their 229th
Aviation Battalion.Six of the 1st
Cavalry helicopter companies came over to serve with our brigade in various
battalions for the remainder of 1971 and early 1972.A/228th was assigned to the 11th
Group.Companies A/227 and C/228 went to
our 52ndBn, 17th Group.
Companies B, C and D of the 227thBn went
to our 10thBn, 17th Group.
Company B/229 went to our 222ndBn 12th
Group. You can find them on the appropriate battalion pages of this site.
Troop (Air) 17th Cavalry – Sabre – with us
Apr 72 to Feb 73
Valorous Unit Award—31 Jan–19 Feb 68
1st Platoon - Presidential Unit
Citation—5–10 May 68
D Troop initially deployed to Vietnam as part of the 199th Light Infantry Brigade in October 1966.
InOct 1970 it was inactivated, then
reactivated in Dec 1971 using assets of D/3/5th Cavalry until Mar
1972. The troop was reactivated in April 1972 this time with assets from D/1/1st
Cavalry and was assigned to the 11th Group. It departed Vietnam in Feb 1973.
Chi - III
Corps - then to Quang Tri in I Corps with 1st
Aviation Brigade from Feb 1971 - Feb 1973. When the 3rd Armored Cavalry Squadron left Vietnam with the 25th Infantry Division, the Air Cavalry
Troop remained in-country. D Troop was re-designated F Troop (Air), 4th Cavalry
Regiment on 10 February 1971 as a separate Air Cavalry Troop, retaining the
CENTAURS unit call sign and logo.
F Troop CENTAURS initially flew in Support of the Second Brigade, 25th Infantry
Division. Then remained in Vietnam when the Division returned to Hawaii. F Troop was later assigned at various times to the
11th Aviation Group and the 12th Aviation Group, flying in support of South
Vietnamese military units. F Troop continued to accumulate individual and unit
honors while operating as an independent Air Cavalry Troop and was one of the
last U.S. Army units to depart Vietnam - standing down on 26 February 1973.