Monument dedication for the 281st Assault Helicopter Company

Posted by DarthDilbert at 10/01/2009 04:11:00 PM

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- A monument honoring the 281st Assault Helicopter Company will be unveiled and dedicated Saturday, October 17, at 5:00 p.m. at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum. The public is invited to attend.

The 281st Assault Helicopter Company (AHC) was instrumental in the strategic reconnaissance missions that were the mainstay of the 5th Special Forces Group (ABN), Special Projects and Special Operations units. It is considered to be the legacy unit for today’s Special Operations Aviation units and was the only Aviation unit attached to the 5th Special Forces Group (ABN) during the Vietnam War.

The 281st Assault Helicopter Company was constituted in 1965 as the 281st Aviation Company and activated at Fort Benning, Georgia. Under Operation Control (OPCON) to the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Nha Trang Vietnam the unit performed tactical air movement and support of troops operations. The 281st flew over the entire II Corps area and became renowned for their gun cover protecting American and allied troops.

During its operational life in Vietnam, the 281st became the first organized Special Operations Helicopter unit in the United States Army. This prestigious unit was decorated for Valor and Meritorious Service by the United States Army, the United States Navy and the Republic of Vietnam.

The Museum
Located in downtown Fayetteville, the Airborne & Special Operations Museum is part of the U.S. Army Museum System and tells the story of Army airborne and special operations units from 1940 to the present. Museum hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon – 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday; open Federal holiday Mondays. For more information call 910.643.2774 or visit the website at

Airborne & Special Operations Museum


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