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MEDEVAC 15th Med\15th FSB
307B N Main Copperas Cove, TX 76522
DClawson@wesbury.com MEDEVAC 1,
Jan 7, '69 - Dec 27, '69, then captain, now USAMSC major retired, called
to inquire if the recent column write up about '70 MEDEVAC pilot Henry
"Okie" TUELL was for an obituary.
I told him, "No." And, I updated him on everything. Don mentioned the
many in MEDEVAC he knew at the time, and that he was good friends with
then, LTC MCNANEY.
James BREEN firstname.lastname@example.org e-mailed, "Dear
Brother Mike, Howdy........Greetings from the Pocono Mountains of
Pennsylvania! I always read your column with great interest since you and
your brothers saved my tail way back on Feb. 11, 1967, during the
commie's violation of the TET Cease fire of that Chinese Lunar New Year's
Truce. With the recent shoot down of that Chinook in the Afghanistan
mountains I felt it proper to share my feelings with you dear brother.
This August issue of 'Military' features an article from a Vietnam
hero.....a chopper MEDEVAC pilot flying for the 173rd Light Infantry
Brigade in 1969. Captain Robert B. ROBESON, from Lincoln, Nebraska is
this hero. He submitted a story called: 'A Dust Off Pilot Remembers.'
Check it out online if you do not receive 'Military' magazine. Anyway
Mike........with this recent shoot down of one of our gorgeous Chinook
carrying thirty Navy Seals.......and eight locals.....my heart and
soul goes out to their families.....and this incredible loss for all of
America. But the short story by Captain ROBESON haunted me. Well written,
sincere, patriotic.....and so on. But......one thing....no sir....two
things were missing from his dramatic war story. Door gunners. Yes sir,
door gunners. This guy's story involved him dropping down into hell
itself......with no door gunners. The gooks had a field day just shooting
the crap out of him....and his aircraft. Lord.....Have Mercy!. I am
proud....that I served during a time....that the First Air Cavalry
Division saw the need to have each and every MEDEVAC....armed to the
teeth with two....count'em....two serious warriors manning their M-60
light machine guns. 7.62 mm tools of death as they shot out of the sides
of each chopper.
"And, also...during my tour with the First Air
Cavalry Division........it was almost.....almost unheard of to air
assault a hot lima zulu......without a huge chopper gun ship prepping
onto the landing zone prior to our assault. No way without it.
When....this did on occasion happen? Disaster. Pure disaster. Okay,
Mike......just thought I 'd tell you boys that I am grateful....and
appreciative for your intense service in our behalf. God bless you
fanatics! You guys rocked! James Francis BREEN, gunner, D 2/12th Cav,
First Air Cavalry Division, RVN, 1966-'67.
email@example.com e-mailed, "FYI, 15th MED Assn. President David
HUSER sent me an e-mail regarding a belt buckle that members of the
Association can buy. Click on link below to view e-mail and belt buckle
<http://www.15thmedassociation.com/ smf/index.php?topic=797.msg 2181>
Also forwarded is his letter: "Murray- I want you to send this e-mail
to our officers and past presidents. We can get the buckles for $179.95
if we order twenty buckles. The buckles will be 3 inches round, made of
German silver. The crest will be the color of the coin, and the lettering
around the buckle will have black inlay. The picture is black and
white and the four triangles on the outside of the drawing are not part
of the buckle. If we want to order twenty buckles, I think we need a
commitment of eight people that will buy them at Nashville. Please e-mail
me with your yes or no on the buckle. I will buy one to get the ball
rolling. It will take four months to make the buckles so get back to me
ASAP. David HUSER"
Tom (Heidi) HEIDENREICH
firstname.lastname@example.org of Melrose Park, IL, signed the Guestbook: "C
Co. 15th MED 05/1969 to 12/1969. I was a good friend of Mike WICK, KIA
rocket attack, A Co. 1/12 Cav 01/1969 to 05/1969.
our 1st Cav troops on duty around the world; over and out.
Bodnar C 2\7 '69
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