1st Air Cavalry Division
2nd Brigade

1st and 2nd Battalions 5th US Cavalry and 2nd Battalion-12th US Cavalry

United States Army, Airmobile Infantry

Vietnam and Cambodia

1st Cavalry Division Airmobile


Not Everybody Who Lost His Life


This is a very long front page with lots of links and information to dig through, glad you found us and welcome home.

Turn on Your Sound

The background song by the West Point Glee Club and found at the end of the movie "We Were Soldiers"

"The Mansions of the Lord"

To fallen soldiers let us sing
where no rockets fly nor bullets wing
Our broken brothers let us bring
to the mansions of the Lord

No more bleeding no more fight
No prayers pleading through the night
just divine embrace, eternal light
in the mansions of the Lord

Where no mothers cry and no children weep
We will stand and guard tho the angels sleep
All through the ages safely keep the mansions of the Lord

Words and music by Randall Wallace


We were grunts once and young

Bunker 65 Quon Loi, S. Vietnam

1st Platoon B Company 1st Battalion 5th US Cavalry


Stanley Regan Kimmel   KIA May 30, 1970 - Age 20 Summit City, CA  -You are not forgotten


Let every nation know.... that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of Liberty."

 John F. Kennedy- January 1961

Vietnam Service Medal

1st Cavalry Division Airmobile

   Here dead we lie because we did not choose to live and shame the land from which we sprung.   Life to be sure, is nothing much to lose; But young men think it is, and we were young.

By A.E. Housman and inscribed on a plaque honoring the men lost from the USMA Class of 1950, the plaque is located at the Korean Military Academy.

I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, 
and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours, to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of Freedom.

-- Abraham Lincoln, November 1864

2 Corinthians 1: 8-11
8  For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life;
 9  indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves in order that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God that raises the dead;
 10  who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us.  He on whom we have set our hope.  And He will yet deliver us,
11  you also joining in helping us through your prayers, that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed upon us through the prayers of many.


5th US Cavalry Purple Heart


2nd Brigade

1st Air Cavalry Division
United States Army, Airmobile Infantry

 2nd Brigade -Separate Memorial

1st Battalion 5th US Cavalry

HHC 1-5 and B Battery 1/77th Field Artillery

HHS Battery 1/77th Artillery

A Company 1-5

B Company 1-5

C Company 1-5

D Company 1-5

E Company 1-5

2nd Battalion 5th US Cavalry

HHC 2-5 and A Battery 1/77thArtillery

A Company 2-5

B Company 2-5

C Company 2-5

D Company 2-5

E Company 2-5

2nd Battalion 12th US Cavalry

HHC 2-12 and C Battery 1/77th Field Artillery

A Battery 1/30th Artillery

A Company 2-12

B Company 2-12

C Company 2-12

D Company 2-12

E Company 2-12

A special thanks to Bruce Swander- USMC, researchers for 2/12th and the other researchers in Washington, D.C. that have made these Memorials more complete.

Julia Compton Moore 1929-2004

1st Team Casualties in Iraq posted 4/7/04

Jack Smith ABC Newsman/PFC Jack Smith C 2/7 Dies at age 58

Pat Tillman- God Bless Him 


Austell and Mableton, Georgia Memorial

Mike's home town

Photographs  Some of these picture files are large, broadband is highly recommended.

  Delta  1-5
           A 1-5                B 1-5               C 1-5 
Echo 1-5 Site      
  HHC, Artillery 1-5 Alpha 2-5 Bravo 2-5
Delta 2-5 HHC 2-5 Things We Carried Delta 1/12

Echo 2-5

Charlie 1/5 Site                        D 1/5 Site  *New* 6 Bandaid C 2-5 site 77th Artillery Association

Charlie 2-5 Site                   1st Cav Medic Site            30th Field Artillery Site

Alpha  2-12 Bravo  2-12
Alpha 2-5 Site

Charlie  2-12


Delta  2-12

HHC 2-12

366th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force  WWII

Vietnam Helicopter Crew Member Association
"LZ-XRAY  Site

"Flying Circus" HHC 1st Brigade site

Psychological Effects of Combat-  LTC Dave Grossman

Everything you need to know about PTSD and Combat Trauma.

 The Vietnam Experience

Email Database for all Units Compiled by Dale Isbell Dale served with C 1-5 and D 2-5 1st Air Cavalry 1966-67


 Webmaster Mike Collins, Mike served with B 1/5 1st Air Cavalry October1969-October 1970.  He attended and successfully graduated from Ranger School in 1969.

Send submissions to mdavidcollins@gmail.com    If you want to send pictures via snail mail, Michael D. Collins  4130 S. Liverpool Way Aurora, CO 80013  Be assured that I will treat them as the treasures they are and will return them postage paid.


General Hugh F. Foster passed away on December 13, 2004, this remarkable general was truly a soldier's soldier, perhaps the only one I ever met and the best friend Mongoose Bravo ever had.  Hand salute, sir.

Official Obituary

Radar Spelled Backwards


Never Forget-Help Bring Them Home

As of November 7, 2001 there remain 1,948 Missing Americans in SE Asia

There are 8,200 Missing Americans in the two Koreas

There are over 78,000 Missing Americans from WW II

Killed and Wounded in Action SE Asia

US Armed Forces 58,202 KIA  304,704 WIA

Armed Forces of South Vietnam 233,748 KIA 1,169,763 WIA

Armed Forces of Republic of Korea 4,407 KIA 17,060 MIA

Armed Forces of Australia 469 KIA 2,940 WIA

Armed Forces of Thailand 351 KIA 1,358 WIA

Armed Forces of New Zealand 55 KIA 212 WIA

Puerto Ricans serving in the Armed Forces of the United States 345 KIA

Canadians serving in the Armed Forces of the United States 56 KIA

You Are Not Forgotten

Welcome Home 3rd Squad 1st Platoon, D 1/5

Nurse LT Lynda Van Devanter Buckley

71st Evac Hospital- Pleiku, RVN 1969-70

November 15, 2002

She described herself as an idealistic Catholic girl before she went over who thought, "If our boys were being blown apart, then somebody better be over there putting them back together again. I started to think that maybe that somebody should be me."



5th US Cavalry      


CPT Humbert Roque Versace

 "Mike's Titanium Heart Award"

PFC John Michael Dalton C 1-5

"Mike's Titanium Heart Award"

5th US Cavalry

SP5 Edgar Lee McWethy Combat Medic B 1-5

Leadville, CO

"Mike's Titanium Heart Award"

Read this

PFC Charles Thomas Moore D 2-5 Combat Medic

"Mike's Titanium Heart Award"

CPT Samuel Richard Bird B 2-12

 "Mike's Titanium Heart Award"  

Vietnam war

Jimmy Stewart's Gold Star mother, Mrs. Stitt at Stewart Field dedication ceremonies, Ft. Knox

SSG Jimmy Goethel Stewart B 2/12 May 18, 1966    

Middleport, OH    Age 23      Click the MOH to read citation

You are not forgotten


"Covey"- by Mike McCombs

"Fading Photographs"- by Mike McCombs

"Honor Among Soldiers" - by Joseph L. Galloway

"The Price of Duty" - by James Webb

"Heroes of the Vietnam Generation"- by James Webb

"When a One-Armed Man is not a Loser"- James Webb

The Gettysburg Address- Abraham Lincoln


1st Cavalry Coin found in Iraqi desert-CPT Edwin Winkler B 1-162 Infantry

Vietnam war

Mongoose Bravo 1/5 Newsletter

Chargin' Charlie 1/5 Newsletter


Vietnam Studies- Air Mobility 1961-1971 Lt Gen. John J. Tolson

The above link will take you off site

 Thank you for the memories, Bob

  "It's as if every one of [the soldiers] was his kid brother," Dolores Hope once said.

His 1966 Vietnam Christmas show, when televised, was watched by an estimated 65 million people, the largest audience of his career.

In 1997, Congress named Hope an honorary U.S. veteran, citing his decades of entertaining troops around the world. He was the first person to receive that extremely rare distinction.

When informed of the honor, Hope was uncharacteristically serious. "I've been given many awards in my lifetime," he said, "but to be numbered among the men and women I admire the most is the greatest honor I have ever received."


Much help is needed acquiring photos of our KIA's, possibly the easiest source may be high school yearbooks, if you live near a town where one of these men lived, your efforts to visit the local library and scan their photo will be greatly appreciated.

1st and 2nd Battalions 5th US Cavalry, 2nd Battalion 12th US Cavalry were the infantry battalions that made up the 2nd Brigade, 1st Air Cavalry Division, Airmobile during the Vietnam War.  The infantry has always been about walking and walking a lot.  The Vietnam war was no different and perhaps some of the worst terrain the US Army ever fought a war in.  The equipment, such as the "Huey" helicopter, M-16 automatic rifle, M-60 machine gun and Alice packs are still in use today.  I don't want to imagine the Vietnam war without them, the Huey saved men that would have perished in other conflicts with the "MEDEVAC" and allowed execution of battles at any place and at any time.  For the first time in the history of air re-supply, it became possible to deliver food, water and ammunition in substantial quantities to an exact location in a timely manner.  I also don't want to imagine that war without the men I served with, nor do I want to imagine these pages without their input.  Most Vietnam war casualty data bases only contain the division of assignment, therefore it is up to us to fill in the blanks on the Memorial pages.  To say this will be difficult would be an understatement, some of our brothers were known as "Smitty", "Pop", "Tex", Tennessee, etc., so without a lot of research as well as help from the living, we may never get all the men accounted for.  As of January 2002, there is about 70 Mb of reserve disk space for photographs ( That's a lot, about 1400 pics), all units of the 2nd Brigade are encouraged to submit photographs, writings and testimonials to this web site, this invitation very much includes family members.  If someone on the Memorial pages has a decoration such as a Bronze or Silver Star, Distinguished Service Cross, please let us know.  Personal comments for all the men on the Memorials will be added to their names at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Page, if you knew any of these men, I encourage you to do the same.  

 The Virtual Wall

Sons and Daughters in Touch 

The Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Wall Page

Please help support the Wall on the Web, visit their guest book for sure, not all of America has forgotten, as you will see.  Searching for a lost friend, go there, find them and honor them with your words.  The site is sponsored by 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. "Manchus"



Visit the Ranger Training Brigade Ft. Benning GA

Click the Ranger Tab

"As a company commander in combat...crawling around in the mud with an enemy machine gun hammering over my head...the crotch ripped out of my uniform..constipated...hungry...huge bug bites under my eyes...exhausted with days of intermittent sleep....I could always comfort myself by saying..."it could be worse....I could be back in Ranger School".          General Barry McCaffrey



4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment


    25th Infantry Division

          "Tropical Lightning"



 Original Air Assault Badge (Click Badge)

Combat Infantry Badge 

Combat Medical Badge 

Air Assault Badge


The Combat Infantry and Medic Badges are hyperlinks

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On Line Requests Are Now Available For Records, etc.

1st and 2nd Battalion 5th US Cavalry

2nd Battalion 12th US Cavalry

Awards and Decorations

1st Air Cavalry Division

 Presidential Unit Citation

Valorous Unit Award

(Click either device to view unit decorations)

2nd Brigade Distinguished Service Crosses, all Battalions

5th US Cavalry

Alpha 2-12 Purple Hearts 1965-66 Courtesy Don Popp

Alpha 2-12 Bronze and Silver Stars, ARCOM's W/ "V" Device 65-66

They Served, too.  Dogs and Handlers in Vietnam


5th Cavalry Commanded by LTC Robert E. Lee from July 1857- April 1861




5th Cavalry Unit History This link will take you to Ft. Hood.  Please come back soon

1st Battalion, 5th United States Cavalry Regiment was formed in 1855. From its inception, it was an elite unit, with the Secretary of War Jefferson Davis hand-picking its members from a dozen states. In its 144-year history, the Battalion has participated in nine wars and has been awarded 62 campaign streamers. 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry and itís companies have been awarded over 20 unit citations and boast 45 members of the battalion who have received the nationís highest award for bravery, the Congressional Medal of Honor.


 "My Son in Vietnam"

Harold H. Martin 1966 Saturday Evening Post Story  about B 2-5


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