Reached The Rank Of Sergeant

Reached The Rank Of Sergeant

Boot Camp San Diego ’69, trained as a jet engine mechanic, arrived in country Sept. ’70 assigned to the HMM-364 Purple Foxes, never got to work on one engine… assigned as a door gunner, and crew chief in training, reassigned to HMM-165 at Futema MCAS and qualified as crew chief, after an overseas tour I was assigned to HMX-1 from ’71 to ’73, served 4 years, and reached the rank of SGT E5.

Both photos are before and after… ’70 at Marble Mt. Viet Nam, second photo is at Pop A Smoke Helicopter/Tilt Rotor Association at Miramar, CA. That helo flew in Viet Nam, and retired in the fall of 2015 and is on display at the air and space museum at Dulles Air Port, VA.

Semper Fi my brothers, live life to the fullest every day!

Chuck Pflughoeft, Sgt

Static helo display at Pop A Smoke Assoc in Miramar, CA

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  • Jim ‘ Sneaky’ White

    I started as an 0331 when I reenlisted I went aviation became a 6611 (Aviation Electronics Tech, went to New river and there X-trained as a H-34D crew-chief. Went to Dom Rep, when I returned went to HMM-262. Became a crew-chief in 46s (A&D). In Nam 66-first months of 68. Received a DFC from Gen Krulak and an interr-service transfer into the Army. Flew helicopters for them 1st out flying Scouts (OH-6As & OH-58s) out of Dong Ha, then 39 months flying Cobras for MAC-V-SOG, with a slight interuption flying Scouts (OH-6As) for the CAV during LOM SOM 719. then got out and returned to SE Asia flying (34s) for ‘civilian company.’ Now just an old retired man riding my Harley.


  • Sgt. Glen D. Bray

    In 1967 Trained in Lakehurst, New Jersey as a Parachute Rigger, then assigned to Santa Ana, Calif 1967-1969 Went TDY to El Centro, Calif. made training film on how to build a portable Par-a-loft to be shipped to Chuly, Then back to Hams 36 LTA Santa Ana in the Air Wing, (Made Sgt. In 1969), Vietnam 1969 – 1971 – Mag 16 Marble Mountain. Helicopter Crew Chief on CH-46 & CH-53. Then back to Bethany, OK


  • John Sigman

    Phillip, I think you and I were in H&MS-16 together in ’69. I was a 46 C/C. Lt Murray was our Huey pilot.


  • Roger Miller

    I think I knew chuck we could never pronounce his name I also got in country in September 1970 I went to hams -16 power plants I did fly door gunner with 463


  • Charlie Stage

    I was with 1st MAW MWCS-1 in Danang 70-71. I took a few trips with a couple of different Helicopter Squadrons while I was in country, all off Marble Mountain. My memory is not so good, I do not remember what ones they were. I left the “country” and became a jet engine mechanic on the “Harriers”. Go figure isn’t it just like the CORPS to put us not where we want but where we belonged all along. SEMPER FI brothers.


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