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Night Hawk Cancels The Darkness
This site was last updated: 2/15/15
Reprinted from: Fire Base 173
As darkness falls over northern Binh Dinh Province, the enemy moves out from the daytime cover to roam about the valleys and the mountains with a little freedom. The ever-
Swooping down from the sky above the lush valleys is a "Huey Slick" (a UH-
This weapon is "Night Hawk." Night Hawk is a new innovation in airborne search technique. By scanning the ground with the starlight scope, the crewmen can spot activity without letting the enemy know he has been seen. He soon does know, however, because spotlight snaps on and finds "Charlie" with his pants down. With the target spotted by the light, the .50 caliber opens up.
Night Hawk for the 173d Airborne Brigade is the brainchild of CWO Dale J. Morrison. Morrison works with the 173d Aviation Platoon, Casper.
The Salinas, California, native took his idea of Night Hawk to the head shed where it was greeted with enthusiasm. Several men from the brigade went scrounging throughout Vietnam, and they came up with the need equipment for the Night Hawk-
Morrison then took the materials and put them together on a Huey. he worked out the way to mount the scope on the spotlight so that the light, even when not on, would follow the track of the scope-
It was a lot of hard work, but it was worth it, as Night Hawk is another thing that Charlie must worry about, and for good reason; Night Hawk is interdicting the enemy during his best hours of clandestine operation.