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Jim Methvin

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138th Aviation Company `70

138th AVN Co patch 138th AVN Co patch designed in late '70, early 71, replaced the "Skull and Crossbones" patch, I believe.
The original Left Jab crew Left Jab
This photo is courtesy of Steve Radisch(MSG, Ret), it is of the original Left Jab crew, taken at Monmouth County Airport, NJ, in late  May'70.

Roster Below
Left Jab Roster In between last guy standing on the right and third guy in from the right, the older looking guy is WO Archie Bailey.

This crew went to the 138th, arrived in Oct '70, first Left Jab mission was in Dec'70
Left Jab Aircraft Left Jab Aircraft taken probably June of '70, Monmouth County Airport, NJ.
American Electronics Lab Hangar, Monmouth County Airport Photo taken on 2 Mar, 1970, while I was still at Fort Meade.  Taken in the American Electronics Lab Hangar, Monmouth County Airport, NJ.
Dawn over Southeast Asia, 7 Jan 71 Dawn over Southeast Asia, 7 Jan 71.
Phu Bai Airfield, coming in on the downwind leg, looking West Phu Bai Airfield, coming in on the downwind leg, looking West.
Honf Cor or Hon Co, translation 'Grassy Island' Honf Cor or Hon Co, translation "Grassy Island," we called it "Tiger Island."
Look familiar? Look familiar?
Taken 12 Feb 71, Phu Bai Airfield, SVN Taken 12 Feb 71, Phu Bai Airfield, SVN.  Al Ellison in the foreground, CPT Byron F. West, with his head in the wheel well and CPT Mike Marker(KIA,BNR) in the cockpit.
Prepping for a mission, pre-flight Prepping for a mission, pre-flight, wish I knew who was behind the wing.
Group Shot From left to Right:  Bill Graybeal, Bob Higgins (WO, RET Monterey, CA), Irv Chun, Rick Castanias(Professor, U of CAL, Berkley, CA), Rick Hentz(KIA,BNR), U/I, Manny Bringas
Group Shot Left to Right: U/I, Bob Higgins, Irv Chun, Rick Castanias, Rick Hentz, Mannie Bringas, Frank Mraz.
Billy D. Tapley, Tom Strawn(KIA,BNR), Mannie Bringas, and Gary Anderson Photo:  Left to Right:  Billy D. Tapley, Tom Strawn(KIA,BNR), Mannie Bringas, and Gary Anderson This is the last 138th Photos I have, I have aerial shots of Laos, off the coast, etc, you want 'em?


The mission was flown on 7 Jan 71 into Laos and Cambodia out of Phu Bai via Pleiku.  The game is to match up the photos and the map. Laos Map
Northern most photo. Northern most photo
Second photo, a little farther south. Second photo, a little farther south
Name that town?  All photos were taken from a Left Jab aircraft, 138th Avn Co, on 7 Jan 71. Name that town?
Haven't figured out if this one was north or south of the town. Dennis Buley says, "Didn't you tell me the town was Attopu (sp?)?" Haven't figured out if this one was north or south of the town

138th Deactivation Ceremony

April 10, 1999

Cake from the deactivation ceremony of the 138th MI Co (AE) Cake from the deactivation ceremony of the 138th MI Co (AE), 10 April, 1999.
My favorite military command: Mill Around in Formation.....Ready....Mill!! My favorite military command: "Mill Around in Formation.....Ready....Mill!!"
Playing of our National Anthem, Orlando, FL, 10	April, 1999 Photo taken during the playing of our National Anthem, Orlando, FL, 10 April, 1999.
Passing of the Company guidon Passing of the Company guidon.
And that's the end of the 138th AVN CO/MI CO, 1966 - 1999 And that's the end of the 138th AVN CO/MI CO, 1966 - 1999.  It was a sad day.


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