|50 years have passed, but we have not forgotten...
Welcome to this website... first created in 2008 and last updated in 2020... and dedicated to
the officers and enlisted personnel who served with Heavy Marine Helicopter Squadron 462 at Phu
Bai, South Vietnam during the period of August 1968 - September 1969. The content is based
substantially upon the tour book that was produced while we were in country. Lt. Ed Hinkle was in
charge of that project and to him and his staff I will be ever grateful for capturing the essence of our
tour so memorably.
A major portion of this website is devoted to the memoirs of squadron mate Lt. Roy
Stauth. Throughout his 30 easy to read chapters, he describes our tour with such
detail, insight, humor and emotion, that you will feel as though you are actually
reliving the entire experience from beginning to end.
We have had two squadron reunions during the past fifty years. The first was held at
Pensacola in 2009 and the second one was held at San Diego in 2018. Both were well
attended by former squadron members and spouses. Photos of these events can be
viewed by clicking on the links at the top of this page.
It is with great sadness that I report the passing of our esteemed commanding officer
Colonel Ron Nelson in May of 2019 at the age of 87. A memorial service was held by
the colonel's family at Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego and was attended by
three of our former squadron members: Dave Taylor, Joe Versaggi and Mike Webb.
Click here for details
Information was recently received regarding former squadron member James Cripps,
who perished at sea in 1982 while piloting an F-4 Phantom. Read more in an e-mail
from his former crew chief SSGT Ed Liddle by clicking here.
I hope you enjoy browsing through this on-line tour book. If you have any comments
or suggestions for improvement of the site, please send an e-mail by clicking on this
button: Semper Fi - Brian Taber, Editor
|Standing, L to R: Mike McCullough, Brian Taber, Bob Solbeck,
Miles Hodges, Roy Stauth. Seated: Dennis Shockley
Dave Taylor made a return trip to Vietnam in November of 2018, along with family
members. Click on the photo at left to read his narrative and view photos.
LtCol Ron Nelson 1Lt Joe Versaggi
1Lt Mike Webb
Capt Tom Neff
Maj Bill Kahler