Army’s 183rd Reconnaissance Aviation Company to hold campus reunion
The U.S. Army’s 183rd Reconnaissance Aviation Company will hold its annual reunion and memorial service at The Citadel on Friday, Oct. 3.
Also known at the Seahorse Company, the 183rd was formed at Fort Hood, Texas, in 1966 and immediately deployed to Vietnam where the aviation unit flew various missions, from medivac trips to enemy reconnaissance. Two Citadel graduates were among those soldiers in the original unit - Mack Gibson, ’55, and David Woods, ’64. Both will be on campus this weekend.
More than 125 veterans, their families and guests will arrive on campus via a motorcade that will feature 40 Rolling Thunder motorcyclists from South Carolina’s Rolling Thunder chapters. A national organization, the Rolling Thunder publicizes and educates the public on prisoner of war and missing in action issues.
Events are free and open to the public.
- Noon to 1 p.m. – Tailgate lunch.
- 1 p.m. – MIA missing man table formation at the Holliday Alumni Center.
- 1:30 p.m. – Motorcade, including about 40 Rolling Thunder motorcycles will enter campus through the Hagood Avenue gate, then circle Summerall Field and end at Summerall Chapel.
- 2 p.m. - Memorial service in Summerall Chapel.
- 2:30 p.m. – Walk to MIA/POW flagpole on the north end of Summerall Field, and wreath laying ceremony in honor of the 183rd’s last MIA, Maj. Rodney Strobridge, who was shot down in 1972 by surface-to-air missile near An Loc, Vietnam. Bugler will play taps.
- 3:45 p.m. – Corps of Cadets military dress parade with flyover by several Cessna 01 Birddog Aircraft, Summerall Field.