2019 UPDATE..........We are working on this right now. The 2019 Reunion will be held in the Ft. Campbell area. 2020 Will somewhere in the North. I am also looking at a return to the Boeing plant in Philadelphia. Just a peek at what is in the future.

R. Brown


We are looking for another “lost” Hillclimber.  A Vietnam veteran who served in the Delta named Frank Yungwirth has an old Zippo lighter in his possession and he cannot remember where he acquired it. 

He had no idea how to go about looking for the individual whose named is engraved on the Zippo.  He was steered to our site because the 147th ASHC is also engraved on the lighter.  The 114th AHC is also present.  Most likely this “Chuck” was in both outfits.

We don’t have any Chuck listed who was in the Hillclimbers before 1969.  Also, anybody from the 114th AHC Association and their website who can supply any help would be appreiated. 

If anybody has any idea who may have been the original owner of this lighter, please contact rrbrown@147thhillclimbers.org

zippo lighter


11/28/2013: The move from Sacramento California to San Antonio Texas took place in February of 2013. I have learned a few things from all of this. One: I will never voluntarily move again. Two: Physically I'm not twenty-five anymore. This adventure killed us. We are now engaged in a massivie remodeling effort. I don't want to sound macabre here, but frankly this is the "death house" and as such we will make it exactly the way we want it. We have been working everyday for the last ten months on the house. I am just now beginning to get back to the site. Bear with me. We will be fully up and running in the next few months.


02/01/2014: This PDF file chronicles the history and development of tandem rotor helicopters up to the present day Chinook. Fabulous article. Thanks to Frank Grose for supplying this to the site.

Chinook Legacy-January 2014

*October 13, 2012*

The following email was received today (10/15/2012). I am very sadden, as I'm sure we all are, by this news:


Dear Friends,

On behalf of the entire family, I am very sorry to
have to inform you that my dad, John Caron passed away at home Saturday
night October 13, 2012.

Dad was with family, in no pain and comfortable
when he died. He had been brought home Friday afternoon as he wished and
cared for by the family with the assistance of Hospice. His hip
replacement surgery in August stressed his kidney and heart and he was
unable to recover.

A Memorial Service will be held at 14:00 on Monday,
October 22nd at the Drake Road Chapel, Allnut Mortuary, 650 W Drake Rd,
Ft. Collins CO.

A Military Interment will be held at a later date at
Fort Logan National Cemetery.

If you would like to see a copy of Dad's obituary, it will be posted at the link below in the next few days. Memories and comments can also be left at that web site.

I apologize in advance if you receive multiple emails or this email in
error. Sorting out Dad's email addresses has been "interesting".

you for your friendship and concern. We know we are in your thoughts and

Chris Caron

PDF Obituary for John Caron


I will post more information as is becomes available. R. Brown

This link will take you to a review of The History Channel presentation called "Vietnam In HD." It is written by Rodney Brown and is not intended for the easily offended. You can visit this link at The History Channel website store and buy this documentary here.

This is an interesting link to a story about the recovery of a Hillclimber Chinook that crashed into a canal during the Vietnam War. It is told by the people who actually did the recovery. Download PDF here.

There are new publications being added to this page. I have decided to take as much historic Hillclimber Association material as I can find and get it onto the site. Shortly I will move it off the "Notes" page and create a separate "Publications" page to house this information. I should also tell you that I am currently working on the first ever Hillclimber Yearbook from 1970. Since these books generate alot of interest I'll put it up as I'm working on it so you can see the progress.

First Hillclimber newsletter

This is the first ever Hillclimber Press newsletter. There is an ad in here for the first Hillclimber reunion in August 2000.

Fall 2000 Hillclimber newsletter

This is the first Hillclimber newsletter put out after the first Hillclimber reunion in Dallas in August of 2000. At this time only 101 Hillclimber veterans had been located and twenty-one of them attended.

Paul Berg article link

This article is a very well written account of how the "lost" Hillclimber history was originally recovered. It was really an accident as these three pages point out. I will cover more of the story when I put the Publications page up shortly.

Hillclimber Notes link

There are two types of newsletters that the Hillclimber Association puts out: One is named the "Hillclimber Press" and the other one is called "Hillclimber Notes." This is an example of "Hillclimber Notes" from 2004. Many of the articles originally appeared in The Honolulu Advertiser and are reproduced here with permission from the paper.

Newsletter from B Company 214th Aviation Regiment 2001

This is a newsletter from the current unit that is about eleven years old. It actually predates the events of 9/11 and shows a period of history when the Hillclimbers were at peace.

1970 Hillclimber Yearbook link

This yearbook comes from Diane VanNostrand. She is the sister of Hillclimber Mike TenEyck. The original text, typos and all, are preserved in the restored version of this book. The format of this PDF file is in "book format" style. The home printer friendlly version will be posted shortly. My time is currently being taken up with restoring the 1978 Hillclimber yearbook. For a home printer friendly version download here: Printer friendly version.

1972 Hillclimber year book

This is the first Hillclimber yearbook to be displayed on the site. I have a connection to two more - 1971 and 1978. They will be up as soon as I secure the images.. This file is approximately 8.5 megs and will take a minute or so to download if you have a high speed internet connection. If you are using dial up, then allow more time.

These books are a real snapshot of time and give names and images to our history.

The yearbook icon above will take you to a "book format" type document. For a home printer friendly version download here: Printer friendly version.

1972 Hillclimber year book

This yearbook comes to us from William Rung who is featured in this book. The file size is 10.2 megs so allow for the necessary download time. I will post more information about this book in the near future. For a home printer friendly version download here: Printer frienly version. Large file. Allow extra time to download or save file to your computer.

Link to CH-47A model handbook

3 /11/10: This is an eight meg download of a publication that Sy Berdux keep among his war related items. It is an early ground unit commanders' utilization handbook for the CH-47 A Model. This could well be the first attempt at such a publication. The primary purpose for the Chinook was as a transport vehicle for the "Honest John" rocket. The truth is that the CH-47 was a "throw away" transport system for that missle. The idea was that in the event of a war with the Soviets, the CH-47s would fly east out of West Germany and put the limited range Honest John within range of Moscow. What they were going to do for gas for the return trip was never made clear. The Chinook wound up being used in the secondary rolls that had been designed to help get the funding justified before Congress. A similiar funding situation existed with the Space Schuttle program and the "Ozone hole" that needed to be studied according to NASA and other scientific interest groups. This was the crisis dejour at the time and Congress had to save the world. Interesting that since the Space Schuttle program has been ended we never hear anymore about the "Ozone hole." The Ozone hole and the fact that we were all going to die from it was always in the news during late August and September just in time for that years Congressional budget negotiations.

Hillclimber 17 image

18/12/10: "Hillclimber 17" has been found! THE ORIGINAL ENTRY IS BELOW. The update is below the line.

This Zippo Lighter is from late 1969 to 1970. It belonged to a CW2 Pogo, aka Hillclimber 17. Since no CW2 Pogo shows up on any Vietnam Veterans lists and is also not listed by the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association rosters we are assumining that "Pogo" is a nickname. This lighter is now in the collection of a menber of the Swiss Army General Staff. LTC Rolf Gerster collects these lighters and has several in his collection. His website can be reached by going to www.gersters.ch.

Since we don't know who CW2 Pogo was we are asking for help in locating this former Hillclimber. He may already be listed on the Hillclimber member's roster, we just don't know. If anybody has any ideas, then please send an email to rrbrown@147thhillclimbers.org


CWO Richard R. Jackson was Hillclimber 17 with the nickname of "Pogo." He passed away 15 February 2010. He was the half brother of Joseph Pisano. I'm sorry that the news could not have been better.

There has been an interesting development with this case. CWO Jackson has a nephew who contacted me and maintains that he had no brothers, either full or half. At this point all I can think of this situation is that soldier's have this habit of referring to each other as brothers and it is not a stretch that some soldiers would use the word "half" as a term of endearment.