Military History

Information found here traces the military history of the Martin-Haile family.  Our ancestors participated in a majority of the wars and military campaigns of the United States. I have collected biographies and military unit histories from various resources to record the history of the sacrifices made my these men and women, as well as all men and women who have served this country.

Revolutionary War

Civil War

World War II


August 7, 1967– Battle of Ni Binh

August 7, 1967 was a monumental day for me.  I had been “in country” for less than 30 days and had not yet been into a “hot” LZ under enemy fire.  This day would change that and change it drastically. Posted here are stories of my day, as well as stories from others who participated in that […]


August 7, 1967 – After Action Report

Documentation provided by Wayne “Crash” Coe with help from Robert N. Gibeault Note from Robert N. Gibeault We are preparing to write the definitive story of the Ni Binh battle.  I have interviewed E-4’s to general officers and have photo’s taken during the event.  I am looking to interview any people that were involved that […]

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Black Virgin Mountain (Nui Ba Den)

The Black Virgin Mountain (Nui Ba Den) rose from the rice paddies just a few miles from Tay Ninh. Tay Ninh airfield elevation was about 200 feet above sea level and Nui Ba Den rose to around 4000 feet.  It was as if someone had just placed this mountain out in the middle of the […]


January 1968 – FSB Burt and The Hourglass

1. FSB Burt was located astride Route 244, probably at about XT500805. Route 246 runs northwest through Bo Tuc and then Katum. 2. According to radio logs from the 187th AHC, The Hourglass was due north of FSB Burt at XT500890. It was about 4 Km south of the Cambodian border. It’s probably the clearing […]

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August 7, 1967– Feedback

A year ago I received a call from a aide to 199th LIB, G-2 regarding this LZ.  He informed me that the day before him, his captain, and a Kit Carson were in a jeep and had passed through Ni Binh village which was known to be Catholic and friendly to the US forces. After […]


August 7, 1967 – Razorback 33

 January 4, 1991 Dear Bob: I read with interest your letter to the editor and account of the action your unit was involved in near Bien Hoa. I became quite emotionally affected, as I was caught up in that same action – and your account brought back some memories long ago buried in my mind. […]

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No Tail – No Fly

Thu Douc 7 August 1967 The Blackhawks   We called ourselves the Blackhawks, but the Army called us the 187th Assault Helicopter Company in Tay Ninh Vietnam.  My call sign was "Blackhawk 54", or "Crash" Coe to my pilot buddies.  WO David Webster was my co-pilot and SP4 M. Martin "Magnet Ass" Jansen was the […]

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Tommy H. Martin

Service Record Entered US Army service: June 1965 Vietnam, 187th Assault Helicopter Company, 1967-1968 TAC Officer, Fort Wolters, Texas Vietnam, 180th Assault Support Helicopter Company, 1970-1971 Warrant Officer Advance Course, Fort Rucker, AL 242d Helicopter Company (Medium), Ft Wainwright, AK 120th Helicopter Company, Ft Richardson, AK 724th Maintenance Bn, Hunter AAF, GA 205th Aviation Company […]


180th Assault Support Helicopter Company

This page is dedicated to WO1 Ronald Jansinski, KIA, 1971.   I served as Big Windy 18, from 1970-1971.  It was my second tour and I served as one of the Maintenance Officers.  I was a CW2 then. The 180th ASHC was located at Phu Hiep when I first arrived, but was later transferred to Tuy […]