Welcome to the 221st Aviation Company “Shotguns”

This page is dedicated to the men who served in the 221st from its activation on 23 March 1965 to its deactivation 10 October 1971. The unit flew the L-19 or O-1 Bird Dog.

I apologize for any errors or omissions as the records keeping for this period of time were incomplete in many instances. Many hours of research have gone into this project. The information is public knowledge, so feel free to share it, however I ask you respect my effort. Full credit is given to the authors of all documents and pictures.

Please join and support the International Bird Dog Association (IBDA).
The membership is only $30 annually.
They preserve and perpetuate the Bird Dog. This is the airplane that we all know and love.

Click here to go to the IBDA website.




Chief Warrant Officer 3 Donald R. Smith recently changed duty stations.

Don was assigned to a Heavenly Home on October 22, 2017.

He is survived by his wife Karen of the home, and his brother Dennis.

Internment will be in the Houston National Cemetery 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive Houston Texas 77038.


Don was our beloved “Shotgun Blasts” Editor and our Sergeant at Arms for our Gatherings. He was a good friend and will be sorely missed by all. .


Latest News

December 2016 Shotgun Blasts (Final Edition)

posted on: 12-01-2016
Volume 8, Issue 12 (And Final Edition) - Contents: The Chaplain's Corner| Veteran's Day Continued | Last Combat Mission | A Layman's Understanding of the Christmas Story | Bucket List | You Can Leave The Military, But... | Thanks | The Folded

November 2016 Shotgun Blasts

posted on: 11-01-2016
Volume 8, Issue 11 - Contents: Veteran's Day | The Chaplain's Corner | The Bucket List | It's Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter | The Editor's Desk | Birthdays for November | Links | Parting Shot

October 2016 Shotgun Blasts

posted on: 10-01-2016
Volume 8, Issue 10 - Contents: The Chaplain's Corner | The Other Half |The Facebook Page | Living Legend | Attention to Detail | Irish Viagra |Birthdays for October | Links | Be Very Careful In the Morning

September 2016 Shotgun Blasts

posted on: 09-01-2016
Volume 8, Issue 9 - Contents: The Chaplain's Corner |Rio and Redemption |The Prayer Bears | Finkelstein and Jesus |September 17, 1787 |Older Women |The Editor's Desk |The Worth of a Dollar Bill |Birthdays for September |Links | Death by Guinness

August 2016 Shotgun Blasts

posted on: 08-01-2016
Volume 8, Issue 8 - Contents: The Chaplain's Corner | I've Got To... | The Editor's Desk | A Soldier's Flag | The Decision To Drop The Bomb | Birthdays for August | Links | Parting Shot

Birddog Unit Memorial

221st Memorial

The Birddog Memorial Monument

Veterans Memorial Park

The memorial is now in place.

Please take time to visit it at

Fort Rucker, Alabama



Thank you for the donations.
Your contributions will be will be put to good use and provide improvements to the site.
If you wish to make a contribution, my address is on the “Contact” page.
– Monte