I Love A Rainy Monsoon Night
Here's Carl LeDoux. Carl got to the 240th AHC in
August of 68 and stayed until April of 70. Carl flew as a doorgunner with the
Greyhounds and was also a Kennel Keeper. It is guys like Carl that kept the
Mad Dogs and Greyhounds in the air! Thanks, Carl, for a job well done.
Carl took this picture of a Mad Dog Gunship shortly after he arrived
at the 240th in August of 68. This ship has the pentagon/green stripe
tailboom markings when the 240th was still part of the 214th CAB.
Carl took this picture in early 1969. He and another Kennel Keeper,
standing on top of the Huey, are working on this Mad Dog Gunship. The 240th
AHC had the best Maintenance Platoon in all of South Vietnam.
Carl snapped this photo of a 240th Huey which was sling loaded
underneath a CH47 Chinook back to Bearcat. More work for the Kennel Keepers!
Here's a picture of the Unscheduled Maintenance Board. Picture was
taken in July of 69. Quite a few Hueys in for combat damage. Looks like 207,
021, 878 and 204 were being worked on. Our Kennel Keepers worked hard and
long hours to meet the demand of having available Hueys for the next days
The Greyhounds and Mad Dogs sure kept the Kennel Keepers busy. Look
at all the helicopters in for maintenance. To the men of Kennel Keepers, the
Greyhounds and Mad Dogs render a salute of respect and admiration!
Carl says he flew with the gentleman in the picture as his
doorgunner, and he recalls his last name being Lincoln. If anyone out their
recognizes the crew member in back, please drop us some email. He's a good
soldier, whoever he is, I see he is reading his army manual.
In addition to playing the 12 string Fender acoustic electric
guitar, regular 6 string and writing a script which has the chance of being
made into a movie, Carl is still in the flying game. Here he is at the
controls of his ultralight. This bird flies at a top speed of 60 mph and will
land on anything flat under 60 feet. Carl can land in less than 60 feet of
runway, but he likes to carry a little power on his landings and not drop in
at or near stall speed.