I was in the 539th Transportation Company from June 1969 to June 1970; I was stationed at Phu Loi Vietnam which is located 25 miles north of Saigon.. We were part the 520th Transportation Battalion. The Battalion's mission was the Maintenance and Supply of in excess of 1000 Army Aviation Aircraft throughout III Corps. Towards the end of my tour I was transferred to the Battalion's "glamour boys" "Pipesmoke.” Pipesmoke’s mission was to perform field extractions of crashed and combat damaged aircraft. When I was assigned to “Pipesmoke” they had already recovered 2700 aircraft from the field. Pipesmoke was our call sign which was taken from a commander who before my time with the outfit smoked a pipe. During it’s time of operation Pipesmoke performed thousands of operations for all branches of United States Forces and Free World Forces, to include the Army of the Republic of Vietnam, The Royal Thai Regiment and the Royal Australian Air Force. When we went on an aircraft recovery we usually went as a team of two. Our duo would consist of Huey who, along with its usual crew carried a team that would secure the downed aircraft and rig it for extraction. The second aircraft of the team was a Chinook that would carry out the extraction itself. On one of these flights I took my camera along and will post the results here. This may take a day ot two to complete the story; This is our Chinook. As can be seen from the images on the side she has carried out many extractions.