114th Aviation Company
"Knights of the Air"
Unit History
Vietnam 1963 - 1972

 

 


The History of the 114th Aviation Company

The Company was first activated at Fort Sill, Oklahoma early in 1956 as the 64th Transportation Company (Light Helicopter). Members of the unit completed H-34 transition in July 1956. 

In August and September 1956, the 1st platoon was on temporary duty at Fort Carson and Camp Hale, Colorado undergoing cold weather and mountain flying training. While there, the platoon participated in Operation Cold Spot with two battalions of the 1st Infantry Division from Ft Riley, Kansas. 

On 6 December 1956, the 64th Transportation Company and the 544th Transportation Detachment (CHFM) were transferred to Fort Hood, Texas. 

On 1 February 1958, after little more than a year at Fort Hood, both the 64th Transportation Company and the 544th Transportation Detachment were again transferred; this time to Fort Knox, Kentucky. Soon after the transfer to Fort Knox, the 64th Transportation Company was deactivated and reactivated as C Troop (Air), 17th Cavalry. 

Effective 16 January 1963, under the provisions of General Order Number 6, Headquarters United States Army Armor Center, Fort Knox, Kentucky, C Troop (Air), 17th Cavalry was deactivated and reactivated as the 114th Air Mobile Company. 

On 8 February 1963, under the provisions of General Order Number 15, Headquarters United States Army Armor Center, Fort Knox, Kentucky, the 96th Signal Detachment (Avionics Maintenance) was activated and attached to the 114th Air Mobile Company. 

Effective 16 March 1963, under the provisions of General Order Number 33, Headquarters United States Army Armor Center School Troops, Fort Knox, Kentucky, the 83rd Medical Detachment was attached to the 114th Air Mobile Company. 

Effective 7 May 1963, the 114th Air Mobile Company, the 96th Signal Detachment, and the 544th Transportation Detachment were assigned to the United States Army Support Group, Vietnam, and officially arrived at Vinh Long, Republic of South Vietnam on 10 May 1963. 

In July 1963, the 114th Air Mobile Company at Vinh Long joined with the 93rd Transportation Company (Light Helicopter) at Soc Trang and became part of the newly constituted Delta Aviation Battalion (Provisional) headquartered at Can Tho, Republic of South Vietnam. 

Effective 4 June 1964, under the provisions of General Order Number 17, Headquarters United States Army Pacific, the 114th Air Mobile Company was redesigned the ll4th Aviation Company (Air Mobile Light). On 30 September 1964, the 114th Aviation Company (Air Mobile Light) was assigned to the 13th Aviation Battalion (Combat), the successor of the Delta Aviation Battalion (Provisional). 

On 2 July 1966 under the provisions of General Order Number 41, Headquarters United States Army Vietnam, the 114th Aviation Company (Air Mobile Light) came under the control of the 1st Aviation Brigade, United States Army Vietnam, and was redesigned the 114th Assault Helicopter Company. 

In October 1969, the 114th Assault Helicopter Company was released from assignment to the 13th Aviation Battalion (Combat) and reassigned to the 214th Aviation Battalion (Combat). 

On the 29th of February 1972, the 114th Assault Helicopter Company ended its' nine year tour of duty at Vinh Long in the Republic of South Vietnam. Departing the Republic of South Vietnam on 29 February 1972, the 114th Aviation Company was assigned to Panama where it served with distinction, including involvement in many mercy missions and disaster relief operations. The 114th was deactivated at Fort Clayton, Panama Canal Zone in October 1987.

During this nine years, the 114th Assault Helicopter Company participated in 16 Campaigns:

Vietnam Advisory - Vietnam Counter Offensive
Vietnam Defense - TET 69' Counter Offensive
Vietnam Counter Offensive - Vietnam Summer-Fall 69' Offensive
Vietnam Counter Offensive, Phase II - Vietnam Winter-Spring 70' Offensive
Vietnam Counter Offensive, Phase III - Sanctuary Counter Offensive
TET Counter Offensive - Vietnam Counter Offensive, Phase VII
Vietnam Counter Offensive, Phase IV - Consolidation I
Vietnam Counter Offensive, Phase V - Consolidation II



For its' performance during that nine year period,
the 114th Assault Helicopter Company has been presented
with the following unit awards:

Presidential Unit Citation, for action 27 August 1965 - 28 August 1965
Valorous Unit Award, for action 26 June 1964
Valorous Unit Award, for action 4 April 1965 - 6 April 1965
Meritorious Unit Citation, for action 1 July 1963 - 30 June 1964
Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm, for action 5 May 1963 - 30 June 1964
Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm, for action 1 March 1964 - 26 March 1967
Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm, for action 27 March 1967 - 18 May 1968
Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm, for action 15 December 1969 - 10 October 1970



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Created by Terry A. Dell, White Knight Crewchief 69-70' Republic of Vietnam 
in association with members of the 114th Assault Helicopter Company
 who served May 1963 to February 1972.

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