Cobra 71-20998 Additional Detail
4th Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment (Brave Rifles)
On 16 October 1988, the Regimental Support Aviation Troop with other aviation units was re-designated as the newest element of the Regiment – the 4th Squadron. The “Longknife Squadron” consisted of HHT; three Air Cavalry Troops designated Nomad, Outlaw, and Pegasus; two Attack Troops designated Quicksilver and Nomad; a Lift Troop designated Stetson; and the AVUM Troop was designated Tomahawk.
Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm
HHT, 4th Squadron and Troops N, O, P, Q, R, S, T:
Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer Embroidered SOUTHWEST ASIA
By direction of the Secretary of the Army, the Meritorious Unit Commendation is awarded to 4th Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry for exceptionally meritorious conduct in performance of outstanding service. 4th Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry distinguished itself by outstanding meritorious performance for the period 23 September 1990 to 5 April 1991, while engaged in combat with Iraqi forces. The 4th Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry screened the eastern flank of the XVIII Airborne Corps and maintained contact with the enemy as the Regiment plunged over 350 kilometers deep into Iraq and the heart of the Republican Guard. In all actions and engagements, the troopers of the 4th Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry displayed the true Cavalry spirit, courage, and determination to find and defeat the enemy. The accomplishments of the 4th Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry reflect great credit upon themselves and the United States Army.
Dedication of Legacy 998
Legacy 998 flies in honor of CW2 Richard Stroh. On 23 March 1990, CW2 Stroh occupied the co-pilot/gunner seat of Nomad Troop Cobra 78-23076. While conducting gunnery qualification training, the aircraft experienced a compressor stall. As the engine surged, the #2 T/R driveshaft failed. CW2 Stroh died as a result of injuries received during the crash. CW2 Stroh is survived by his wife, Susan, and their son, Nicholas.