Scramble The Seawolves
Airs Monday, May 27, 2019 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Credit: Courtesy of Arballo Entertainment
From meager beginnings, the most effective and offensive Navy squadron, Helicopter Attack Light Squadron Three Seawolves, was established inside the Republic of Vietnam in support of Task Force-116, Operation Gamewarden in 1967.
The Navy Seawolves were an all-volunteer squadron of approximately 3000 brave young men. Nine detachments, consisting of two crews, four men each, were strategically located throughout Military Regions III and IV, Mekong Delta.
Over their 5 year existence, The Battle of VC Lake, September 1970, is remembered as one of the most intense combat events that included multiple Seawolf detachments, Sealords and Dustoff 86.
Hear the raw emotional account of this battle from those that survived and witnessed their Seawolf brother's parish.
The HA(L)-3 Seawolves would become the most decorated Squadron in the Vietnam War, arguably in all of naval aviation history with five NAVY Crosses awarded, 31 Silver Stars, 219 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 15,964 Air Medals, countless other Medals, and received multiple Presidential Unit Citations, yet their story is virtually unknown to most.
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