US Navy Helicopter Attack (Light) Squadron Three Seawolves, Vietnam 1966-1972

In Memorium (President’s Message)

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the untimely passing of our Association Past President, squadron  mate and friend, Joe Crutcher. I will not provide details here other than to echo funeral arrangements provided by Joe’s daughter Shannon. Pat Samel (newly installed association VP) had also fallen ill with COVID, along with his wife Carol. Pat is recovering, and his wife has sadly passed.

As most know by now, many fell ill with an outbreak of COVID, post reunion in Branson. Some have succumbed and passed, others are continuing to recover slowly. Our most sincere thoughts and prayers go out to all.

Yesterday we received word that Bill Summers (newly installed association president) has died as the result of an automobile accident. We are truly heartbroken to hear of such a tragic loss, and send our love and deepest sympathies to those he’s left behind. As details and arrangements are provided, I will again, post them here as quickly as possible.

Ship's Store Temporarily Closed

Please realize that Mike Dobson has been incapacitated for the time being and hold off placing any orders with the Ship's Store. Please be patient if you have already placed orders for the holidays, as no orders can be/will be fulfilled until Mike gets back on his feet or other arrangements can be made to accommodate.


The Seawolf Association is looking for any personnel who were attached to HA(L)-3, HC-1, or FASU Binh Thuy. If you were, or know anyone who was, please contact us at (858) 524-9917. We do not have access to the official Navy records as they remain classified in the National Archives due to the covert nature of many of the operations, therefore, the only way we can locate fellow Seawolves is with your help.

On 3 January 1997, the Bureau of Naval Personnel authorized, retroactively, the awarding of the Combat Aircrew Insignia to Combat Aircrewmen who served in HA(L)-3. With this approval, we need to locate our doorgunners so they can be awarded these devices and accompanying certificate. To request the insignia, fill out and send in the attached affidavit.