This was an Army Helo. The small and nimble scout helicopter was very effective. I saw one working out south of the Birmingham Fire Support Base in northern Vietnam. It flew low and slow, trying to get the VC / NVA to shoot at it. Someone did shoot at it and four Cobra Gun ships came up from behind the hills and shot up the bad guys. Very impressive and the pilots who flew the LOACH had to be very brave. Actually all helo pilots are very brave.
The ‘Loach’ was one of the riskiest helicopter assignments in Vietnam