Mad Dog Gunship 028
Your Time Has Come

Jon Jay, a 240th Brother that flew with the Mad Dogs in 68 and 69, recently took a vacation to Disneyland with his family and stopped by Long Beach, California to see an old friend of many men of the 240th Assault Helicopter Company. Jon took some pictures and the quality is outstanding! I only wish he and his family were in some of the snapshots he took. As to saying anything about 028 and all the men of the 240th AHC, whatever I could add would be entirely inadequate as Jon's words sums it up better then I ever could. Thanks, Jon, for this beautiful contribution to our the 240th websites.

Joe 'Ragman' Tarnovsky

Hey guys:

My family and I just got back from a trip down to Disneyland last week and on the way out, I made it a point to go by Long Beach and see my old friend. I hadn't seen her for 32 years so my feeling were pretty much mixed with high emotions. As we neared Houghton Park, I was trying to determine in my mind what she would look like after all this time. We got to the appropriate place and parked. As I got out I could see a brief outline mixed in amongst the trees of 66-15028. As I got closer, I could see that she had changed, a new paint job, new decals and markings, no engine or transmission, armament had been removed, tailboom was repaired, etc.

As I walked around and under her, a person couldn't tell that she'd been in a war as all the bullet holes were patched. My mind went quickly back to Saigon, Tan An, Tan Tru, Vung Tau, Dong Tam, etc., as I thought about the "memories" I had flying aboard 028. So I was able to have a short reunion with an old friend, enjoyable, but short. Didn't think I'd ever see 028 again, but I have now enjoyed the opportunity!

I do think back along with seeing 028 and think of you who flew also with her. I thought about you specifically Joe when I read the dedication plaque as a statement you made a while back. "They Chose To Serve, Not Run".

I have great respect for each one of you and others that "Chose to Serve".
Here are some photos of our old friend.
God bless,