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Info Sheet - Gaylen N. Randell

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CW2 Gaylen Randall 1965 - 66

I was assigned to D Troop 3/4 Cav in February of 1965 with the 25th Inf Div and deployed to Vietnam from Hawaii on the USS Gordon. I was part of a large group of officers levied from Ft. Benning. About 14 of us were classmates in flight school along with a large number of majors. Captain Delvy was the troop commander when we arrived but lost his command to the senior major. He asked to stay in the troop to deploy to Vietnam which is another story. My first platoon leader was Major Prosser, the second was Major Squires. We arrived in Vung Tau on April fools Day and were moved by air to Cu Chi. Some of my fellow WO1's in that troop were (Lorraine F. "Patrick") Armstrong, Iler , Dismer, Spears and Sipple. We were assigned to an aircraft and crew as copilots. My AC was Captain Rodgers in the Aerorifles. He was killed when he was assigned to a unit in Saigon. The infantry platoon leader was 2LT John Alto. He was a very good man. The aircraft I flew was a UH-1D model slick with the last two tail numbers of 59. CPT Rodgers and I named it R&R. Our call sign was Centaur 32. The troop commander asked to be reassigned and we received Major Peterson as a new Troop Commander. Our tour was extended by a month because the division was slow in infusing and reassigning personnel; so it was May before I got home. It was a very long and difficult tour in many ways for me.