My Little Deuce Coupe Huey

Photos from
Mel Snyder

One of my biggest regrets while serving in the 240th AHC, was that I didn't spend more time with my Greyhound brothers of White and Blue Flight. Many of us had our own little cliques in the Greyhounds and Mad Dogs and from what I remember, we generally stayed within that group. That's not to say from time to time we didn't get together but the crew chiefs and doorgunners of the Greyhounds and Mad Dogs were very busy, often after flying all day, having to perform 25, 50, or 75 hour PE's down at the flightline. Everyone's schedule was different which made getting together at night all that more difficult. The personal pride that we all had for our particular platoon, Greyhound Blue Flight, Greyhound White Flight or the Mad Dog Gun Platoon was self-evident, and we all strived to make our platoon the best, which resulted in making the 240th AHC the best helicopter outfit in Vietnam. Having said that, even though we all had immense pride in our perspective platoons, not one of us would have hesitated to risk our lives for a 240th brother in another flight platoon. So this Mad Dog would like to say to all the Greyhounds of Blue and White Flight, I have the utmost respect for all of you, the Greyhounds performed their duties with bravery, dedication and determination to ensure the success of the mission. Many times you would risk your lives in hot LZ's and if need be, you wouldn't hesitate to come in and pick up some downed Mad Dogs! God bless you, Greyhound Flight Crews, you were the best to fly the skies of South Vietnam!

Joe 'Ragman' Tarnovsky
240th AHC
UH-1C Mad Dog Gunships
July 69 to October 70

All the pictures on this page were sent to us by Greyhound Mel Snyder. We don't have all the names of the men that Mel sent pictures of, if you recognize someone and know their name, please let us know. Here a Greyhound flight crew is taking a well deserved break. From left to right, we think this is Leforce, Henderson and we don't know the name of the third gentleman. Help us out if we are wrong and you recognize someone. Thanks.

For those of our generation that chose not to serve in Vietnam, many were back on the block cruising around in 57 Chevys, GTO's, Corvettes and other future classics and muscle cars. Our ride was the UH-1C and UH-1H Huey helicopter and what a ride she was! We washed and waxed our Huey's, kept them clean and in good running order. I, nor any other Greyhound or Mad Dog ce/doorgunner I know, wouldn't trade places with those that stayed behind for nothing! Does anybody recognize the pilot in this photo?

Left to right front row: No name for the tall gentleman with glasses and his hands on his hips; Ken "Newbe" Sollenberger; Mike "Fat Chance" DeAngelis; Mark Dowdy. Back row: No name for the gentleman looking down; Rodney Clark; and we don't know the name of the gentleman on the end. Ken Sollenberger and Mark Dowdy were the armorers for the weapons on the Slicks and Guns and they did a magnificent job of getting everything in working order!

Mel took this picture and by using a magnifying glass to view the name tag, it looks like a pilot named Mr. Butler. If anyone recognizes this Greyhound pilot, or the gentleman sitting in the AC seat, please let us know.

There's Mel Snyder on the left, loading up his M60 ammo for the next mission, and we don't have a name for the pilot on the right. Mel got in country in mid/late April of 1969 and after an in-country orientation at Bien Hoa, was sent to the 240th AHC at Bearcat. Mel flew with the Greyhounds for 6 or 7 months and one day during a mission, was wounded by shrapnel from a Mad Dog rocket that was fired too close to the Greyhound Slicks as they entered an LZ, and he spent a couple of days in the hospital. After he got off of his crutches, Mel came back to flight duty, was assigned to the Gun Platoon and bringing Dave Miller with him as his doorgunner, Mel flew until May of 1970 with the Mad Dogs. Mel says that in the HBO Documentary, Dear America, Letters Home from Vietnam, he appears in the movie for about 20 seconds when they show Pleiku where he was in the hospital.

Please help us out if you can, we need a name for this 240th Brother.

I can't make out the person on the far left of the photograph but to me, it looks like Adrian Pearson, one of the armorers. Standing to the left of our future barbecue is Captain Bailey, Mad Dog 34. Standing to the right is Mad Dog ce/doorgunner, Steve Watts.

Looks like Dave Kennedy on the left, SFC Treisch, Mad Dog Platoon Sergeant in the middle and we don't have a name for the gentleman on the right. This picture looks like it was taken on the second floor of the NCO barracks behind the orderly room.