These photos and story were provided by SP5 Terry Welshans.  He was a member of the 557th Light Maintenance Company out of Cam Rhan Bay and provided support to the 92nd and others at Bao Loc from June 1968 thru early 1969.  Terry was one of the great guys who made sure we had food (ice cream), ammo (rockets), and other necessities (laundry)(shower point).
Stallion in flight
SP5 Welshans in the bunker at Bao Loc
The river, somewhere east of Bao Loc
Low Cruise at 98 Knots
Forward Support Supplies
Compond Gate at Bao Loc
92nd AHC at Bao Loc
Stallion 466 on the supply pad
3 Stallions turning final
Flares during Jan 68 attack
About 2:30 am on Jan 25, 1969 the 57th NVA Regiment attacked Bao Loc main camp, hitting from the north and south west at the same time.  They came across the east end of the airport, up the little valley between the ARVN training base (we were
just to the south of that, along the north side of the airport).

They blew up the 3/503's main bunker on the road that went east into the
center of the base camp.  They really tore up the place with mortars and a
lot of intruders were throwing chi-com grenades all over the place.  The
north side was hit with RPG rounds at every bunker.  They came up our side,
hitting our wire all along the east side.  I was in the southeast corner
bunker with an M-60 and 4 cans of mini-gun rounds with a dozen LAWS on the
side.  Sure does help when you run the ammo dump!  We shot the place up
pretty well and kept them down at least 50 feet below the berm.

The 92nd's Sidekicks took off as soon as they could, went east and got a
game plan put together, then came back and shot up the NVA pretty well.  The
one slide of aerial flares was taken that night.  About an hour into the
fight an AC47 and a flare ship came over and started chewing them up and
spitting them out.

The next day we were busy picking up the pieces.  A lot of the 3/503
vehicles were badly damaged, the maintenance tent was destroyed, too.  There
were unexploded grenades all over the place.  I sure am glad the quality
control was pretty low on those things.  I got a few fragments when one went
off near by.  Some of them are still in my arms and hands as they are quite
painful to remove and I told the doc to leave them in if wouldn't hurt

"A big thanks to the great guys of the 92nd for hauling our ash and trash all over the place, and special thanks to the guns for pulling our fat out of the fire."