Troop D, 1st Squadron, 101st Cavalry – 1978

Trp D 1-101 - 0001

1978 – Troop D, 1st Squadron, 101st Cavalry was organized from the 51st Assault Helicopter Company becoming aligned with the 42nd Infantry Division located in New York.  


     The new Troop consisted of a HQS Platoon, a Recon Platoon, a Gun Platoon, an Observation Platoon, and a Maintenance Platoon.  The adding of an Observation Platoon brought with it an additional 10 ea. OH-58A’s increasing the total number of OH-58A’s within the state. MAJ D. Edward Baxley was the Troop Commander and 1SG Dewey Bullman was the First Sergeant. 

Annual Training in 1978 –  

1978 - Annual Traing

     1980 – Trp D participated in an aviation recruiting drive at Columbia Mall. The recruiting drive was a three day event running from Friday morning when the mall opened until Sunday when the mall closed. The Recon Platoon did a rappelling demonstration on Saturday afternoon and was a huge success. Many lead cards were generated and actually one or two new recruits and some prior service were signed up.


  1984 0912 - 0005 - Parking    1984 0812 - 0001 - AT 84

       May 1983 – Troop D, 1st Squadron, 101st Cavalry traveled to Camp Blanding, Florida where the unit successfully challenged the Pinecastle Electronic Warfare Range in Pinecastle, Florida.  The mission for the gunships was to move forward while being guided by OH-58 scout aircraft and attack predetermined targets while not being detected by avoiding Naval Radar.            


  Don Landmesser     Donnie Plaque   

     These plaques are displayed in the Eastover Armory foyer in remembrance of CW3 Don Landmesser and SSG Donnie Thornton.


     January 1986 – During the first drill weekend after the 12 Dec 1985 chartered flight, Arrow Air Flight 1285, crash that claimed the lives of  248 soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division on their way from the dessert to Ft. Campbell for the Christmas holidays, SGT Tony Denning was instrumental in a moment of silence observance and taking up a collection that was sent to the families.   (Note: Just over one year earlier, a young man working as a custodian at AASF became so impressed with the military that he join the Army an became a combat medic.  SP4 Calvin McWhite was on flight 1285.)  

     2 Oct 1986 – Troop D, 1st Squadron, 101st Cavalry was reorganized as 51st Aviation Battalion (Attack Helicopter). Click Here

Troop D had three commanders and two first sergeants:

MAJ D. Edward Baxley             1SG Dewey Bullman

MAJ Randal M. Robinson         1SG Carlyle Wood

MAJ Mark V. Rhett                     1SG Carlyle Wood

The following photos are from the Recon Platoon:  

1978 Recon Platoon