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Outlaw Logo

Outlaw Logo
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Anderson

Anderson
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Anderson and Crew

Anderson and Crew
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Day Operations

Day Operations
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Day Operations

Day Operations
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Day Operations

Day Operations
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Slicks in LZ

Slicks in LZ
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Maverick Lead

Maverick Lead
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Bergquist Gunner Injured

Bergquist Gunner Injured
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Bushwhackers Enroute

Bushwhackers Enroute
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Mavericks Return

Mavericks Return
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Protecting Vinh Long

Protecting Vinh Long
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Protecting Vinh Long

Protecting Vinh Long
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Vinh Long base

Vinh Long base
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Mavericks at Sadec

Mavericks at Sadec
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Mavericks become Bushwhackers

Mavericks become Bushwhackers
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Former Maverick & Outlaw Lead

Former Maverick & Outlaw Lead
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Memorial to Outlaws

Memorial to Outlaws
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Quartermaster International Initiative

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Do you remember Viet Nam?   In mid-1964, prior to the massive buildup of US forces in Viet Nam, a small US Army Huey helicopter company was hurriedly organized to respond to a critical support need in the Mekong Delta region of South Viet Nam.   The unit was activated and required to be in Viet Nam within 34 days!  Personal affairs had to be arranged.  Families were disrupted.  Many of the members were young, between 19 and 22 years of age.  The unit radio call sign was “Outlaw” and the nearest village was named Vinh Long.  After a year in combat, most members returned to their homes and began to build their lives.  Twenty-five years later, some of those original members began locating each other, and a reunion group, the Vinh Long Outlaws Association (VLOA) was formed and registered as an IRS 501(c)(19), a war-veterans organization (tax-exempt).
           
To learn about the Outlaws, you will find an extensive history of the unit on this website.  First, look at the History Page.  See how and when the unit was formed.  Look at the Easter Sunday tab to read of an epic combat operation in which the Outlaws were engaged on that day.
            While members pay their own way to the biennial Outlaws’ Reunions, the group primarily maintains contact with each other
through its quarterly VLOA Outlaws Newsletter, excellent web site, and Facebook page.
            The primary source of VLOA income has been our biennial reunion’s Silent Auction and 50-50 Raffle Tickets.  The somewhat minimal proceeds cover the cost of the quarterly Outlaws Newsletter for the next two years, annual renewal of the Outlaws Website domain names, annual webhosting costs, and various incidentals necessary for successful Outlaws Reunions.  Because of the pandemic, the VLOA has not been able to meet for over three years with no source of
income, other than a few membership applications. &a

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JOIN THE VINH LONG OUTLAWS ASSOCIATION!

The Vinh Long Outlaws Association (a 501(c)19 nonprofit, tax-exempt organization) was formed from personnel previously assigned to aviation units with lineage to the original and all succeeding Outlaws, Mavericks (later called Bushwhackers), and Roadrunners that deployed to and operated out of Vinh Long, Vietnam, and to a more recent unit that bore the same Outlaw call sign and fought in Iraq.

The 62nd Aviation Company Outlaws was formed on 6 August 1964 from assets assigned to the 11th Air Assault Division (Airmobile) at Fort Benning, Georgia, and was truly the vanguard of the huge U.S military buildup in Southeast Asia.  After arriving at Vinh Long in September 1964, the Outlaws and its armed platoon Mavericks immediately conducted 30 days of in-country training prior to release for full combat operations through the IV Corps Tactical Zone, essentially responding to request throughout the Vietnam’s Delta Region.  The 150th Transportation Detachment Roadrunners provided aircraft maintenance and technical supply support.  The 28th Signal Detachment provided maintenance on communications equipment, and the 25th Infantry Division attached infantrymen to the Outlaws/Mavericks/Roadrunners as doorgunners.  In December 1964, the 62nd was redesignated as A Company 502nd Aviation Battalion, and retained all equipment, personnel, and call signs previously assigned to the 62nd.

A Company 502nd Aviation Battalion was deactivated in September 1966 and the 175th Aviation Company activated in its place, from personnel and equipment formerly assigned to A/502nd and retained their call signs.  On 2 November 1967, the 175th Aviation Company was redesignated as the 175th Assault Helicopter Company and retained that designation until deactivation in February 1972 in Vietnam, but the armed platoon Mavericks were designated as the Bushwhackers in January 1971 on deployment of AH-1G Cobra helicopters.  The 175th Outlaws were reactivated in May 1972 at Fort Knox, KY, operated there for two years, and then deployed to Germany for operations until their deactivation in December 1977.

In September 1987, the Outlaws were reactivated as B Company 1st Battalion 158th Aviation Regiment from Fort Hood assets, and redesignated as B Troop 1st Battalion 158th Avn Rgmt Outlaws in 1996.   In 2001, the Outlaws were deployed for Iraqi Freedom II in Iraq, and continued the call sign Outlaws, thereby continuing the name and tradition of Outlaws combat aviation begun in August 1964.  Please visit our History Tab for more details on the history of the Outlaws, Mavericks, Bushwhackers, and Roadrunners or to join click here.

 

Sincerely,

Bob Allen
National Director

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