162nd Aviation Company - "Vultures" patch, 1st type
The 162nd Aviation Company (AML), later the 162nd Assault Helicopter Company, was one of the earlier aviation companies to arrive in Vietnam on 3 February 1966 at Phouc Vinh, just north of Saigon.
The first company patch was square with a flying vulture holding a helicopter. The company patch was simplified in December 1967 when the round Vulture and Copperhead patches were adopted.
The 162nd AHC served in Vietnam for a little over 6 years and 2 months. During this time the company built an unsurpassed record as an assault helicopter unit and was known as one of the best units in country.