HELATKLTRON-3 Seawolves

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

In Memorium (President’s Message)

by Rick Racich, Association Web Coordinator

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 …

Special Details and Funeral Arrangements

Below are the details of the funeral arrangements for Joe Crutcher provided by Shannon Arballo: Funeral Details It has been about week now since our Lord and Savior called him home. You see, our God had been preparing a home for my dad…a beautiful home, for the past 75 years. …


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.