Viet-Nam Service Ribbon

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The Mohawk is a U. S. Army surveillance aircraft that saw service from 1959 until just after the Gulf War in 1996.    It has two 1400 horsepower turboprop engines.  These are essentially the same engines that were used in the UH-1 Huey Helicopter that also saw service in Vietnam.  

The large device below the fuselage is a SLAR (Side Looking Airborne Radar)  This radar could detect the movement of trucks and other equipment many miles away.

Why am I on Mohawk Street?  As a U. S. Army soldier, I served in the 73rd Aviation Company in the Republic of Viet-Nam from April 1968 to April 1969.  My job was (Avionics) to repair radios and other electronic equipment aboard the Mohawk.  

The reunion was for anyone who served in an OV-1 Mohawk unit anywhere in the world.

Here is a Mohawk that I photographed while stationed at the 73rd near Vung Tau Viet-Nam.  This one does not have SLAR, but instead has high definition photography and infra-red cameras aboard.  

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