December 11, 1961 : First U.S. helicopters arrive in South Vietnam.

Introduction

The ferry carrier, USNS Core, arrives in Saigon with the first U.S. helicopter unit. This contingent included 33 Vertol H-21C Shawnee helicopters and 400 air and ground crewmen to operate and maintain them. Their assignment was to airlift South Vietnamese Army troops into combat.

Article Details:

December 11, 1961 : First U.S. helicopters arrive in South Vietnam.

  • Author

    History.com Staff

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    History.com

  • Year Published

    2009

  • Title

    December 11, 1961 : First U.S. helicopters arrive in South Vietnam.

  • URL

    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-u-s-helicopters-arrive-in-south-vietnam

  • Access Date

    December 11, 2017

  • Publisher

    A+E Networks