Back Issues of Newsletter
The following excerpts are from the
Spring/Summer 2002 DUSTOFFer Newsletter. The complete newsletter, and all
the stories, is mailed to each DUSTOFF Association member. If you are not a
member, become a
member now and read the complete issue.
Many thanks to Jeff Mankoff for his two
years of service and leadership in the DUSTOFF Association, and
congratulations to the Executive Council for planning an outstanding
reunion. We're already working hard to make next year's reunion even
The DUSTOFF Association continues to grow
and receive strong support of its members. We're currently over 1,700
members strong (821 life members), and 45 new members have joined since
November 2001. MORE
Early Mission in the Mekong River Delta
The following is from notes transcribed
from a 12 April 1964 Mission involving 1LT John B. Givhan, pilot, and CPT
James W. Ralph, DUSTOFF flight surgeon.
John Givhan: I was flying a CH-21C
("Shawnee" or "Flying Banana") helicopter for a combat assault mission way
down in the Delta. I was in the right seat (aircraft commander). Lt.
Robert 'Bo' Thompson,
was in the left seat (pilot). We had gone into a landing zone and let
troops off. We went in flying contour because we were drawing heavy fire
in the LZ.
A Fall 2001 edition of Retired Officer
magazine, had a notable article written by DUSTOFFer Pat Brady. The
foreword is from the editorial staff of the publication.
Sometimes we better appreciate events when
viewing them through the eyes of others. With this thought in mind, join
us on a journey to a distant land and revisit a controversial era of
American history. Major General Patrick Brady leads our excursion. This
story collects his observations and notes from two visits to Vietnam.
Share his insights as he meets a former enemy, visits old battlegrounds,
and encounters everyday Vietnamese people.
More from a DUSTOFF Pioneer
An article written by Arthur Veysey, of the
Chicago Tribune Press Service during World War II, has some interesting
information and commentary, featuring LT Louis Carle, who flew some of the
first helicopter ambulance missions.
With the 112th Cavalry in Luzon Mountains,
June 20 - For the first time in the Philippines
campaign, a helicopter today rescued an injured American soldier and
evacuated twelve more from a first-aid station in this mountain
LT Louis Carle, Carthage, Illinois, lowered
his helicopter to the bed of a river at the bottom of a 1,200-foot ravine
to pick up a soldier shot while on patrol.
Pat Brady's Rhetoric Sets the Tone for the Hall of Fame
Pat spoke to the honored guests and
awardees on the occasion of the Banquet at the 2002 Reunion and its
featured awards ceremony.
It is a great honor for me to be here.
Three good friends are being honored, and I flew with two of them. I
rescued one of them when he was seriously hurt.
As a member of the Medal of Honor Society
and a General officer, I have known personally and professionally some of
the great heroes and leaders of our time. But there are here tonight,
physically and in spirit, men who never got a lot of medals, or rank, or
became famous, whom I admire more.
You Might be a Soldier (or Related to One) if...
...you have more money invested in field
gear than in your car.
...you tell your kids to be home at 2100,
and they complain that it's only nine o'clock.
...you ruin the movie for those around you
by pointing out unrealistic military scenes.
calls everyone in battle dress Daddy or Mommy.
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