Former Soldiers from B Troop, 7th Squadron, 1st Air Cavalry Squadron visited Gowen Field Oct. 21 to see a familiar piece of their history: the AH-1 Cobra that several of them flew in Vietnam, which now sits outside the Idaho Military Division’s headquarters building.

The retired Soldiers and veterans were in Boise to attend the squadron’s annual reunion, but for the small group, seeing the Cobra was the highlight of the weekend for the former pilots and crewmembers who traveled from across the country to attend.

“Seeing it put a little lump in my throat,” said Lyle Borders, who served in Vietnam as a warrant officer and scout pilot. “We saw some of the most intense combat of the Vietnam War.”

The troop was in Vietnam from 1971-72. The unit was based out of Vinh Long before being reassigned to Quang Tri, where the troop supported South Vietnam’s offensive campaign in the southeastern portion of Laos. During the operation, the U.S. Army lost 26 Cobras and more than 150 additional helicopters were damaged.