December 11

This Day in History

Vietnam War

Dec 11, 1961:

First U.S. helicopters arrive in South Vietnam.

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.

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