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Jim Ketcham scan - "On April 19, 1966, the unit was
'Doc' Holloway photo - 53rd Avn Det. Armorers, mid 1966.
'Doc' Holloway photo - One of the first eight pilots of "Guns A Go-Go",
Dan Rivera photo PFC Dick O'Connor in front of the GO-GO
Doc Holloway strapping in "Easy Money". About 30 minutes after
Here's what "Easy Money" looked like after the battle on Hwy 13!
Hwy 13 damage on "Go-Go Niner"
Doc Holloway and a fishing buddy display their catch.
Photo courtesy of the Aviation Museum, Ft. Rucker, Al
Crew member carries an FFAR Pod
Keeping the 40mm in good working order, became a daily task early on.
'Doc' Holloway photo - Mr. Joe Fields, head bandaged from a bullet wound
Sp/4 John Snyder standing by a .51cal NVA Anti-Aircraft Gun
The early 20mm Cannon
The later model 20mm
Crew member checks the Armor Plating under the left-side cockpit
A very young Dan Rivera, part of the original crew,
Crew members re-arming "Easy Money"
Photo by: David C. Adams - Loading .50cal ammo at An Khe with
Sp/4 Sifuentas, official Ammo Humper!
Dick O'Connor photo, sent by Dan Rivera "Birth Control" and her keepers.
Photo by David C. Adams via Dan Rivera Armorer/Gunner David C. Adams
Phot by Dan Rivera L-R: Frank Williams, Joseph McBride, and John Snyder;
The Dragon show's her Teeth
Left side 20mm and FFAR Pod
40mm Grenade Launcher
"Birth Control", #154, runs up on the PSP. Photo via Dan Rivera.
One of the Gunships, between missions.
The USS Corpus Christi, which served as a re-supply platform for
In the field.
Clarence Hall and Gary Downs beside the Go-Go Jeep at Vung Tau.
Ed Coberly manning the #2 position during a mission.
Crew members relax beside "Easy Money" between missions.
Another crew member naps in the shade of the big Gunship.
F.D. photo - Ramp Area
Jim Whitner and Sp4 Arroyro beside "Birth Control"
Jim Whitner photo - #151 straddled a large tree stump after being
Jim Whitner photo - #151 "Stump Jumper", after she accidently
Another look at #151.
Another look at #151
Here, you can see the Chinook that #151 hit
Here is a photo of J.D.Ely, Dan Rivera and Jose Arroyo, taken
Around the first of December 1966, the unit was redesignated
Jerry Barnes photo - "Easy Money" on the PSP at An Khe
F.D. photo - "Birth Control" on the PSP at An Khe
After the loss of #151, "Stump Jumper", testing was haulted
Another shot of #145 in the field.
#145 on the PSP at An Khe
Here you can see the "Co$t of Living" Artwork.
A close-up of the Co$t of Living" Artwork
Closer-up of "Co$t of Living", by Jim Frye
David Knight photo - #145 Zero's her 20mm's
David Knight photo - #64-13154, "Birth Control" on PSP at An Khe
An easy smile - Lt. Paul Hicks
The Front Office
David Knight photo - This is probably Pike Mayo (KIA 5 May 67),
Panoramic LZ shot
Go-Go Pilot Jerry Richards, doing what "Hookers" do best
David Knight photo - One of the Go-Go Jeeps.
Crew member works on the 40mm
David plays with the resident pooch
David stands by the "Go-Go Rock", by #145's parking slot at An Khe
#145 FE Gustafson
Gustafson fell off the helicopter while servicing it, which caused
The busy Flight Line at An Khe
A group of Go-Go Pilots relax at base camp
"Easy Money" passes over the Company Area at An Khe
Paul Jones photo - Distant view of Go-Go LZ Prep
The "Co$t of Living" artwork was soon removed, and #145 carried
#145's Aft Pylon, showing newly repaired battle damage.
"Easy Money" is seen lining up on her target.
David enjoys some pure Hawaiian tunes, compliments of FE Joe Talan
The Go-Go Jeep hauled the Pilots to and from the aircraft
David Knight photo - High over the green hills of Vietnam
Melvin Oneal (L) and Gary Rodrigues, on one of those days when
David takes a defensive position behind the Go-Go Rock <;-)
Gary and Melvin trying to coax a new Gunner into the ship!
The meanest Rock in the Cav!
They Called Them "Guns A Go-Go"
Artist depiction of a Go-Go Bird
2 Crew members relax inside one of the Go-Go's between missions.
"John B. Gunter, No1 Gunner, was firing on "Break Out", O'Neal
Crew members relax in the Company Area
Rich Blakeley man's the Ramp .50 on "Birth Control"
Another day closer to going home. - Rich Blakeley
Mike Meer photo - "Birth Control" crew
The "Stars & Bars" can be seen bleeding through the rushed
Mike Meer and John Lezotte with feathered friend
Up front in Flight
Assess battle damage
Assess battle damage
Blade change for "Birth Control"
Transmission change for "Birth Control"
Rich Blakeley and Paul Hicks enjoy a rare treat;
Bill Kee photo - Ammo on the Ramp
Blakely and Rodrigues loading Ammo
"Birth Control" at An Khe
One of the Go-Go Birds kicking up dust as she lands.
Pre-mission - "We were banking and I had to lean into this one."
BC Ramp Gunner Rich Blakeley, out behind the Gunners Hooch
Rich seems very pleased with the contents of his "Care Package"
Rich's long awaited ride on the "Freedom Bird" is now only
The Go-Go'ers prepping an LZ
You can again see the "Stars & Bars" on this nice shot of #145
"Birth Control" firing rockets during a mission.
David responds to a request to borrow a cigarette!
Crew members perform routine maintenance on the 20mm
Joe Talon stands by the Go-Go Rock
High over the I Corps Highlands
Looking down the #2 Position .50 onto the Golf Course.... David Knight
On the way to get Charlie
"Waiting for confirmation of mission results"... David Knight
David Knight photo - Firing on "Break Out".. (see the Tracer
"We had a target marked in the valley. While doing so,
"We were flying support for the Air Force jets. See the
One of the Go-Go's breaks out of a gun run over a lake.
In Flight over the jungle
"I'm firing and Joe Talan is the photographer."...David Knight
Meant to Kill... Holding the round in his right hand,
Meant to Heal...Boeing Tech Reps prepare to patch the bullet hole.
David Knight photo - Go-Go can also be selective, with clean hits
David Knight photo - "Okay, we fired a rocket or two, now tell
David Knight photo - We'd just broken out of our first run. The other
David Knight photo - Target marked with "Willie Pete"
"Easy Money" at An Khe
The C-130 that ran off the end of the runway at An Khe; note
The Company Area at An Khe
The new "Flash Supressors"
Flash Supressors on "Birth Control"
Flash Supressors; These things were about as affective as tits
Inside during a mission
Crew members relax
Rolling Hot - photo by Jim Frye
"Birth Control" at LZ Pony
Richard Stoessner photo - Lt. Hicks (KIA) sits at his archetype
Richard Stoessner photo- Lt. Hicks and Maj. Stoessner's appreciation
"Co$t of Living" at LZ Pony
David Knight holds the Company Standard as he prepares to go
Joe Talon defends the Go-Go Rock
We were rolling hot on a target in this picture,
A good shot of "Birth Control" in her early days
"Someone please help me with the ID of this photo?"
It was while engaged in this action, Aircraft Commander
Photo by: Mike Labriola - Here is Joe and I having a quick drink
Example of each ballistic we carried
"Co$t of Living" prepares to leave on another mission
The photo was made in a field (it later became LZ Dog) across from
While on the ground, checking battle damage one day, this woman
"Birth Control" crew members checking battle damage while re-arming
"VC Lunchbox": two Crew Members re-arm the Ramp .50. (taken the
#145 on the PSP at An Khe
Then on the 5th day of May, 1967, everything changed!
While participating in action near Bong Son, one of the 20mm
The wreckage was recovered to An Khe
The Go-Go Artwork on the forward Crown somehow survived
Wreckage at An Khe
There sure wasn't very much left of the Old Girl
Part of #145's Pod - photo by Bill Kee
Crew members at An Khe, take a moment to reflect on their
More of the wreckage
Preperation for the Memorial Service at the Company Area
CWO Ed Weidenbach was new in the unit. He was co-pilot aboard
"From Hawaii, Joe Talan. It's easy to be friends with a happy,
Melvin Oneal points out the bullet hole beside his station!
In Loving Memory of: 2LT PAUL J. HICKS - CW2 EDWARD J. WEIDENBACH