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MEDEVAC 15th Med\15th FSB
307B N Main Copperas Cove, TX 76522
email@example.com 11th Air
Assault & C 15th MED 1964, '65 & '66, replied regarding Gordon Russell: "Yes
he was with 15th MED when we went over in '65. Gordon and I e-mailed back &
forth and talked on the phone. My last e-mail from him was 1-23-12. He was
in 11th Air Assault at Benning before that ['65]. I did not know him back in
the day because I was only a PFC, then SP4. We connected a few years back
because we know a lot of the same people."
Don Hays firstname.lastname@example.org writes, Hi Mike, I was in Co. C, 15th
MED 1966, Ahn Khe. I just started getting the Saber a few months ago. I
always read the 15th MED section...hoping to see a story or picture that I
knew about. I noticed the little part about 'nose art' on the choppers. I
have around five hundred pictures of that year. I will check to watch for
nose art...it will give me something to do, as if I don't have anything to
do. Would like to hear from you. I know people who were with me, that I
would like to find, or see. (509)844-2047, thanks."
Benamou email@example.com e-mailed, "Hi Mike: I saw your Saber page.
Hope you still have the same e-mail. I served from June 1969 to March '70 in
C Co 15th MED in Quan Loi. Trying to locate friends still at large. I did
touch base with Bob Cannon from Long Beach. Hope to hear from you. Thanks,
(Frenchy) 29 Palms, CA.
"A great book is PATRICK BRADY: Dead Men Flying, Legend of Dust Off. I know
it is not MEDEVAC but one great read. Charles Kelly was one hell of a pilot,
the founder of Dust-Off..Have a great day. Doc."
A free read, for
those who don't know, is: DUST OFF: ARMY AEROMEDICAL EVACUATION IN VIETNAM
former Government Printing Office book, now out of print, but available free
online. This covers all U.S. Army aeromedical evacuation in Vietnam from the
beginning to the end of the war.
You can go to the 15th MED Assn.
Website and read the latest "President's Corner" by Art Jacobs. In part he
says: "When some of us came home from Vietnam, we only wanted to forget that
we were ever there, especially given the social climate at the time and the
opinion and attitude of many of our fellow citizens. Some of us were
bitter. Some of us were sad, depressed, or regretful. Some of us had wounds,
both visible and hidden. And some of us still battle those wounds and the
personal conflicts to this day.
"I’ve noticed lately that when I wear
one of my jackets that has a 1st Cav patch, that more and more people will
tap me on the shoulder and say, 'Thank you for your service.' At first, I
would be slightly embarrassed, caught off-guard, and finally mutter a meek
thank you. After one such encounter (a nice old lady who was a clerk at the
grocery store) I drove home thinking, 'What should I say when someone does
that?' Somehow just saying 'thank you' felt lacking, incomplete, and even
strangely inappropriate. I didn’t join the Army for anyone’s thanks.
"Like you perhaps, I joined the Army because I saw it as my duty to
serve, just like my father, his brother, and all my uncles who survived
World War II and Korea. In the mid-sixties with the Berlin Wall, the Cuban
Missile Crisis, Khrushchev saying the USSR would 'bury us,' and JFK’s 'Ask
not what your country can do for you' inaugural speech fresh in my mind, I
saw enlisting as simply my turn to do my part.
"Having re-hashed all
that logic and emotion in my head on the way home from the grocery store, it
came to me what I 'should' say and do, what I 'would always' say and do
going forward whenever people thanked me for my service. Now, I take their
hand to shake, look them in the eye, smile, and I say: 'It was my honor.
And, I would do it again! Thank you.'
"With some who have stopped me,
we’ve had brief and enjoyable conversations. I’ve found out that they
have fathers, relatives, and sons who have served, or are serving – from
World War II to Afghanistan and every war, conflict, or engagement in
between. For us, like those before us, we were called, and we answered.
There were many our age at the time that took another course, made a
different decision and did not serve. You may even have envied them at the
time (during Basic Training).
"I trust that with all the years that
have passed, you have discovered as I have that many of those men who did
not go to Vietnam actually 'envy' us. Just over 3.5 million served in
Vietnam during the war. There are fewer than 1.7 Vietnam veterans alive
today. Interestingly enough, the last US Census somehow shows that over 8.5
million Americans indicated that they were Vietnam veterans!"
2013 15th MED Assn. Reunion will be in Old Sacramento, CA April 17 - 21,
2013. Go to the Website for info or contact Jim Calibro
Telephone (916)446-0100. Ask for Jim.
If you don't see any notice in
this column, check the Saber "Other Reunions." The 1st Cavalry Division
Association 66th Annual Reunion will be in Killeen\Fort Hood, Texas 5-9
From Bill Walsh firstname.lastname@example.org , MEDEVAC and C 2-7
Cav Medic, "EVERYTHING I NEEDED TO KNOW IN LIFE I LEARNED AS A HELICOPTER
CREW MEMBER IN VIETNAM:
a.. Once you are in the fight, it is way too late
to wonder if this is a good idea.
b.. It is a fact that helicopter tail
rotors are instinctively drawn toward trees, stumps, rocks, etc. While it
may be possible to ward off this natural event some of the time, it cannot,
despite the best efforts of the crew, always be prevented. It's just what
c.. NEVER get into a fight without more ammunition than the
d.. The engine RPM and the rotor RPM must BOTH be kept in the
GREEN. Failure to heed this commandment can affect the morale of the crew.
e.. Cover your Buddy, so he can be around to cover for you.
made by someone above you in the chain-of-command will seldom be in your
g.. The terms Protective Armor and Helicopter are mutually
h.. Sometimes, being good and lucky still is not enough.
'Chicken Plates' are not something you order in a restaurant.
everything is as clear as a bell, and everything is going exactly as
planned, you're about to be surprised.
k.. Loud, sudden noises in a
helicopter WILL get your undivided attention.
l.. The BSR (Bang Stare Red)
Theory states that the louder the sudden bang in the helicopter, the quicker
your eyes will be drawn to the gauges. The longer you stare at the gauges
the less time it takes them to move from green to red.
m.. No matter what
you do, the bullet with your name on it will get you. So, too, can the ones
addressed 'To Whom It May Concern.'
n.. If the rear echelon troops are
really happy, the front line troops probably do not have what they need.
If you are wearing body armor, they will probably miss that part.
Happiness is a belt-fed weapon.
q.. Having all your body parts intact and
functioning at the end of the day beats the alternative.
r.. If you are
allergic to lead, it is best to avoid a war zone.
s.. It is a bad thing to
run out of airspeed, altitude, and ideas all at the same time.
garrison chow is better than hot C-rations which, in turn, is better than
cold C-rations which, in turn, is better than no food at all. All of these,
however, are preferable to cold rice balls, even if they do have the little
pieces of fish in them.
u.. Everybody's a hero ... on the ground ... in the
club ... after the fourth drink.
v.. A free fire zone has nothing to do with
w.. The further you fly into the mountains, the louder the
strange engine noises become.
x.. Medals are OK, but having your body and
all your friends in one piece at the end of the day is better.
z.. 'Pucker Factor' is the formal name of the equation that
states the more hairy the situation is, the more of the seat cushion will be
sucked up your asshole. It can be expressed in its mathematical formula of S
(suction) + H (height) above ground) + I (interest in staying alive) + T (#
of tracers coming your way)
aa..Thus the term 'S***!' can also be used to
denote a situation where high Pucker Factor is being encountered.
ab..Thousands of Vietnam Veterans earned medals for bravery every day. A few
were even awarded.
ac..Running out of pedal, fore or aft cyclic, or
collective are all bad ideas. Any combination of these can be deadly.
There is only one rule in war: When you win, you get to make up the rules.
ae.. C-4 can make a dull day fun.
af.. There is no such thing as a fair
fight-only ones where you win or lose.
ag.. If you win the battle you are
entitled to the spoils. If you lose you don't care.
ah.. Nobody cares
what you did yesterday or what you are going to do tomorrow. What is
important is what you are doing-NOW-to solve our problem.
ai.. Always make
sure someone has a P-38. Uh, that's a can opener for those of you who aren't
aj.. Prayer may not help . . . but it can't hurt.
ak.. Flying is
better than walking. Walking is better than running. Running is better than
crawling. All of these, however, are better than extraction by MEDEVAC, even
if it is technically, a form of flying.
al.. If everyone does not come home,
none of the rest of us can ever fully come home either.
am.. Do not fear the
enemy, for your enemy can only take your life. It is far better that you
fear the media, for they will steal your HONOR.
an.. A grunt is the true
reason for the existence of the helicopter. Every helicopter flying in
Vietnam had one real purpose: To help the grunt. It is unfortunate that many
helicopters never had the opportunity to fulfill their one true mission in
life, simply because someone forgot this fact.
ao.. If you have not been
there and done that you probably will not understand most of these."
Always remembering our 1st Cav troops on duty around the world; over and
Bodnar C 2\7 '69
SO THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE