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The ARVN version of the Aerorifle Platoon Blues

Randy Love

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Randy Love (Feb 2019):
"Browns" were what we called Vietnamese Rangers or Vietnamese (ARVN) doing the work of an "American" Aero Rifles platoon in Air Cav units. What the command was trying to do, during Vietnamization Program, was replacing our American Blues (Aero-Rifles) with Vietnamese Browns!! So our Pink or Red Teams would have to count on those Browns to come in and get them if they were shot down! It was a BS idea !! ......

Birdman Harlan Sparrow "may" have been involved with that MOCK downed aircraft drill to see how those Browns would react.

I was on the C&C bird orbiting with the Pink Team on that days operation. We normally had two Pink Teams, one on standby and relief at the Base camp or Fire Support Base, etc; and one out in the AO. Rick Benner or any of the Blues in F Troop in 71 probably were involved, but most definitely Rick Benner could elaborate. PFC (Mike?) Olsen (Blues/Ranger) may have been there also. I can't remember who told me about it after we came in, but he was WAY TOO HOT for me to talk to him about it until later .

We did have some Rangers who were Browns with us for a while. If memory serves, ARVN Command was less than happy with those original Browns and sent us some more that they had trust in. I think they were very embarrassed by gutless response. Rick Benner tested that next Group and their Team Leader, and they did react and did repel. They didn't stay though. I don't know why. Rick might.