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Contact Us

with Comments, Questions, Input, Corrections, Requests

About Us, CIVO, Roster Accuracy, Board of Directors, Website Mission, Website Attitude & Pitch, Centaur Society, Site Map, Copyright

For website comments, questions or issues pertaining to this Website contact Bruce Powell at email:

powellcentaur at gmail.com

 

To provide Centaur historical information or request to be listed on the Centaur Roster contact our Unit Historian and Roster Maintainer, Dale Dow:

daled at kansas.net


or write to: Dale Dow, 3332 Effingham St, Manhattan KS 66503-2100

Contact Dale Dow for any Roster corrections or updates

 

 

 

 

About Us

We are the Vietnam War "Centaurs"

We served in combat from March 1966 to February 1973

A Centaur is any individual who was assigned to D Troop (Air) during the period March 1966 to 13 February 1971 or to F Troop (Air) from 13 February 1971 to inactivation in February 1973.

Any LRRP's (Long Range Recon Patrol) assigned before 12/20/1967 to the 25th Inf Div, is a "Centaur LRRP".

Those attached to the troop for duty, like the Artillery Forward Observers and the cooks and medics assigned to HHT are also considered to be “Centaurs” even though they may have had their own unique call signs.

Units in Vietnam used radio code names to identify themselves. D Troop, which later became F Troop, used the radio code name “Centaur.” Adding a number to it made it a “Call Sign.” For example, “Centaur 6” was the Commanding Officer, “Centaur 40” was a Platoon Leader, etc.

All described above are, by definition, lifetime members of the “Centaurs In Vietnam Organization” (CIVO).

Centaur Roster Accuracy

Our organization, CIVO, strongly enforces our rules of membership. Plan on providing evidence of your qualification.

Even those with forged DD214's have been found out and dealt with. We have no patience with Honor Thieves.

 


D Troop

D Troop(Air) was the TO&E Air Cavalry Troop of 3rd Squadron, 4th United States Cavalry Regiment. The Squadron included the Headquarters Troop, three Armored Cavalry Troops and the Air Cavalry Troop (D Trp).

The 3/4 Cav was the reconnaissance and reaction force for the 25th Infantry Division.

D Troop was based at Cu Chi, the Division and Squadron HQ base.

They conducted operations as an integral unit with the Squadron within the Division Area of Operations in III Corps, west and northwest of Saigon and also conducted operations under the direct control of 25th Infantry Division.

F Troop

D Troop (Air) 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, that had also 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. They initially based out of Lai Khe (later Long Binh), then Da Nang in 1972 and Tan My in 1973.

F Troop stood down on 26 February 1973.

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The Centaurs In Vietnam Organization (CIVO)

The Board of Directors Statement declaring the CIVO Organization:

 

We are a like minded group of self appointed individuals ("The Board") who coordinate to make all of our decisions. Our titles are chosen as we see fit; the number of Board members is not limited; no man on the Board out ranks the others; we may periodically ask for limited donations to fund our projects, keeping the balance of moneys on hand to less than $5000; we define our base membership as all men that served as Vietnam Centaurs; we maintain an active website which states our purpose and mission, and we hereby declare ourselves to be an official organization of the United States of America.


The CIVO Board of Directors

click the photo
Board

 

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The Centaurs In Vietnam Website Mission

 

Gather, record, & provide a modern presentation of the history of the Centaur unit in Vietnam.

 

 

Primary Goals

 

Recruit Centaur Vietnam Veterans to assist and participate in the mission.

Insure the recorded data is clear and accurate.

Insure our story is written by the men who lived it

Honor our fallen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Website Attitude and Pitch

The design of a website determines how it is received by the viewer

9 January 2012 by Bruce Powell  

Attitude:

A website can express/portray an attitude just like a person.

A good website, through its careful use of interface design, inspiring graphics, concise and clear wording, and general lack of useless drivel, presents a positive attitude. It portrays the "Elegance" of unusual effectiveness and simplicity; it inspires action; it gains credibility, it befriends the user; it calls the user back.

The site design needs to be so clear that no guessing or research is required to find out what this website is about and what it is trying to accomplish.

Pitch (or Presentation):

Most every site is pushing or pitching something. To have success with their website they must decide what that is and how best to sell it.

We are primarily pushing "Participation"; getting more Centaurs into our projects and attending reunions.

Our pitch needs to focus on "Participation" and help bring people, not contribute to driving them away.

We are bombarded daily with somebodies "Pitch" about something. It can be very irritating. People are often turned off even before they know who you are or what you are trying to accomplish.

We have to be carefull with our "Pitch". Many Centaurs spent decades trying to forget Vietnam or just trying to get over the stress; then we show up beating the drum, wearing a Cav hat and dozens of pins; and sometimes looking like death warmed over; Not a good approach. Our hand sticking out to welcome them may be seen as another hand wanting you to put something in it; wanting their money or their time.

Since the website may be the first thing our lost Centaurs may come upon. It needs to be good. It needs to define that "hand" as being one of welcome and friendship. We need to establish an exciting website that sets an elegant and respectful example. One that tells the story; jogs the memory; respects the fallen; and through its existence and presentation makes you want to be a part of it. Makes you think "I want in"!

 

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The Centaur Society

SocietyLogo Society The Centaur Society is an informal group of Centaur Vets that have agreed to work together to help gather data to record the Centaur Legacy. It was clear that when more people addressed the details of a story, more information and the quality of information increased. Each new small piece of information often stimulated the memories of other Centaurs, providing more pieces of the puzzle, and ending up with a complete and reasonably accurate story.

Society members are identified on their MyPage (their homepage) with the red and white Centaur Society logo.

 

 

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Copyright

Copyright © 2016, by Bruce A. Powell for the Centaurs In Vietnam Organization. All rights reserved.
Text, graphics, and HTML code are protected by US and International Copyright Laws, and may not be copied, reprinted, published, translated, hosted, or otherwise distributed by any means without explicit permission.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Site Map

(Pages that are not yet completed are not linked.)

Homepage: ........................................................
(contains many rollovers and buttons with more information; for example, rollover the red circle on the map to see the 25th Inf Div Area of operations preview then click and you will be taken to the full map page.)

Roster:.............................................................
•••Intro: (Explains our Roster system)

•••Centaurs: (all known Centaurs, regardless of status, are listed)

•••Friends: (a list of those non-Centaur people who have contributed to the Centaur Legacy)

Centaur Society:....................................................
•••Intro: What the Society is and a link to its history

•••Wanted: This "Wanted" section is for finding names for photos that we have or photos for names that we do have but are not on the Roster. It also links to "Who is considered to be a Centaur"

•••DVD: Precursor to the website this DVD was sent out to all Centaurs that we had address for in 2011. It was about the 1967-68 Centaurs.

•••Book: The book, Centaurs In Vietnam, was published in 2008 and told of the first year of the Centaurs..

•••Help: Volunteer to help with one of the Website pages or projects. Donate money to help defray expenses..

•••Join:

In Memoriam:.......................................................

•••Intro:

•••KIA:

•••Deceased:

Reunions:...........................................................
•••Intro:

•••3/4 Cav:

•••Centaurs:

History: ..........................................................
•••Units:

---------Intro:

---------Awards:

---------Maps:

---------Tactics:

---------Enemy:

---------Supported:

•••Organization:

---------Org Charts:

---------Hq & Opns:

---------Scout/Guns:

---------Aerorifles:

---------LRRPs:

---------Maintenance:

---------Mess Hall:

---------Supply:

•••Equipment:

---------Aircraft:

.......................AH-1G Cobra

.......................UH-1C Heavy Weapons" Hog"

.......................UH-1D/H Slicks

.......................OH-23G Light Scout "Raven"

.......................OH-6A Light Scout LOH "Loach" "Cayuse"

.......................UH-1C Heavy Scout

---------Weapons:

---------Ammunition:

---------Vehicles:

---------Maint Equip:

---------Mess Equip:

---------Avionics:

---------Protective:

Timeline: .........................................................
•••Intro:

•••Outline:

War Stories:...........................................................
•••Video:

•••Essays:

Photo/Audio/Film:......................................................
•••Photos/Slides: Photo Albums and Slide Shows are listed by author's last name.

•••Audio: A few audio (reel to reel) taped messages are available. Much more work to do to complete this section

•••Film: A few 8mm and Super 8 films from Nam are shown. Much more work to do to complete this section.

Help: ................................................................
•••Answers: Lists Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

•••Links:

•••Glossary:

Contact Us: ..........................................................
(contains Links at the top to About Us, CIVO, Board of Directors, Mission, Attitude, Society, Copyright)

•••CIVO: The Centaurs In Vietnam Organization

•••Copyright: