THE DUSTOFFer ONLINE NEWSLETTER
The following excerpts are from the Fall 1996 DUSTOFFer Newsletter. The complete newsletter, and all the stories are mailed to each DUSTOFF Association member. If you are not a member, become a member now and read the complete, intriguing stories.
THE DUSTOFF PARK DEDICATION
Dustoff Park (at Darnall Army Community Hospital, Fort Hood, Texas) is dedicated to all air ambulance units that proudly and honorably serve our great nation in times of war and peace. The Park is a place to reflect on the acts of those who put their lives in harm's way to save the lives of other.
AUSTRALIAN MEDICS SEND GREETINGS TO DUSTOFF ASSOCIATION
Thanks to e-mail, DUSTOFF has received communication from two Australian Army medics who served in Vietnam and were attached to our 45th Medical Detachment (AA) and 247th in 1968-70. The messages from Glen Mylne and Mike Byron (and the words to "Waltzing Matilda") made for an interesting article.
ONE OF A KIND
If you think that all our air ambulances were UH-1s you need to see this article about the 326th Medical Battalion in Vietnam. The Battalion was pulling numerous hoist missions that resulted in getting many aircraft shot up and crew members wounded. After many months of trying, Eagle DUSTOFF obtained an OH-6 from the division's 3rd Brigade. The story of what happened to aircraft 67-16254 is the stuff that makes history!
DEDICATION OF THE DUSTOFF HELIPAD
The helipad at the new Brooks Army Hospital was dedicated in memory of Roy Anthony (Tony) Westbrook. The story tells of the dedication of the helipad and the life of Tony Westbrook.
MEDEVAC IN THE ALASKAN BUSH
The compelling story of the mission of the 283rd Medical Detachment was told. The story tells of the dedication and professionalism of those having to fly in the challenging winter months in Alaska.
In this continuing column, the Silver Star (First Oak Leaf Cluster) awarded to WO1 Renis Fox, before his dead on 7 Oct 68, was displayed. WO1 Fox's aircraft was hit several times putting it into a tailspin and causing it to crash land. Upon impact, the aircraft burst into flames and in the ensuing holocaust, Warrant Officer Fox was seriously burned over a large portion of his body. In addition, (then) Captain McKellar's Distinguished Flying Cross citation was reproduced as well as the 'rest of the story.'