Robin Bartlett

Band of Brothers

The Cav patch…that big, beautiful yellow patch, the largest patch of all the Army’s units, was designed by Col and Mrs. Ben Dorsey when he first served with the 7th Cavalry at Ft. Bliss, Texas. Mrs. Dorsey originally explained that the patch had to be large enough to be seen through the dust and sand […]

Helicopter Combat Assaults (Charlie Alpha)

Jumping Off Helicopter for Combat Assault

What was it like to go on a helicopter combat assault with the 1st Air Cav Division during the Vietnam War? As a platoon leader with A Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Cav, I went on more than 60 “charlie alphas” during my tour from 1968-69. Sometimes we made two assaults per day. This photograph gives […]