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Witness to War Foundation
The Witness to War Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization from
Atlanta, is interested in attending this year’s reunion in Colorado Springs.
They have helped preserve the stories of over 2,600 veterans across the
country from WWII through the Global War on Terror, and use these interviews
on their website, www.WitnessToWar.org
, where there are over 5,000 firsthand accounts from the veterans themselves
that the public can easily access and learn about the triumphs and
sacrifices of our armed forces. If you would be interested in participating
in a video interview, it is absolutely free of cost, takes around an hour,
and you will receive 3 DVD copies mailed to you in addition to having a copy
donated to the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project. For more
information or to sign up for an interview, please contact the lead
interviewer Martin Madert at
Martin@WitnessToWar.org or 770-628-0024.
Fall/Winter DUSTOFFer Newsletter Added
latest edition of the DUSTOFFer newsletter is now available for reading
and/or download. The newsletter is our way of keeping the DUSTOFF
Association members up-to-date on the events impacting DUSTOFF crewmembers.
So stay informed by peeking into the latest edition.
Two DUSTOFFers in Georgia Hall of Fame
DUSTOFFers are being inducted or already inducted into the Georgia Military
Veterans Hall of Fame.
2017 GMVHOF INDUCTEE
Craig Honaman (VALOR)
First Lieutenant, Army, Atlanta. In 1967,
as an Army Medical Service Corps “Dustoff” Helicopter Pilot and Aircraft
Commander in Vietnam, he was decorated for heroism on three occasions. The
theme in each of these citations was his focus, determination, and coolness
while under constant enemy fire as he conducted continuous and multiple
extractions of over 50 critically wounded Soldiers. Often, he had to
steadily hover at tree-top level as the wounded were being slowly hoisted up
through the jungle canopy. For his heroism, he was awarded the Combat
Medical Badge, 16 Air Medals for combat ﬂying, two Air Medals for Valor, and
the Distinguished Flying Cross.
2018 GMVHOF INDUCTEE
Andrew Palmer, Jr. (VALOR)
Captain, Army, Macon. On 3 June 1970 while serving as a Dustoff
Helicopter Pilot in Vietnam, he responded to a call to rescue five seriously
wounded South Korean Army Soldiers whose unit was still receiving intense
enemy fire. Three previous unsuccessful rescue attempts had been made by
another Dustoff crew resulting in that aircraft being shot down. Despite
poor weather conditions and a superior enemy force with heavy firepower, he
was determined to attempt this lifesaving mission. Through a hail of enemy
fire, he not only rescued the five soldiers but also the downed and
vulnerable aircrew. His combat awards are: 19 Air Medals and the Silver
Announcing the Annual Reunion
2-5 May 2019
#40 will take place in Colorado Springs, CO 2-5 May 2019 – with the Chuck
Mateer Golf Tournament to be held at the Fort Carson golf course. Details to
follow as they are made. Room reservations are open NOW!
See more information on the Reunion page.
Help Find Lost Association Members
We have an abnormally large number of Association members we can no
longer communicate with. When postcards are sent out, for instance to
announce voting for Hall Of Fame inductees, we've received cards as
"Undeliverable." Please take a moment to scan the
list of lost members and send us contact information if you find your
name or you know the where-about of someone on the list. [See
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