Dustoff: The Memoir of An Army Aviator

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17
Korea, Fort Rucker, and Switches Off

I opted for a one-year assignment in Korea with a return to Fort Rucker. Mike, Patty, and Jean were married by the time I left, so Ethel had only John to care for. She arranged to stay with her parents while I was gone. It was a perfect chance for John to get to know his grandparents, and they were delighted to have their daughter and grandson coming for an extended visit.

I had no idea what kind of assignment I'd be given in Korea until I received a call from Ron Perry. He was a captain when we were assigned to Special Forces in 1964. Ron was now a colonel working with the UH-60 Blackhawk program.

" Mike, I hear you're headed for a year's tour in Korea. I've got a friend over there who could use an experienced aviation safety officer. Are you interested?"

"Ron, I'm not familiar with the army's aviation setup in Korea. Who's the friend and why would he want me?"

"The commander of the 2d Infantry Division is Major General Morris J. Brady. He's had some bad experiences with his aviation units. He lost five aircraft and had three fatalities recently."

"Ron, that's not bad luck, that's a disaster. What's he been doing to correct the situation, and why do you think I could help him?"

"I know him and I know you. You're unforgiving bastards who have reputations for kicking ass when necessary. You both get things done." He asked me again if I was interested.

"Maybe. How does he feel about me being his aviation safety officer?"

" Mike, he's asked me for help, and I think you can do the job for him. If you agree, I'll let him know you'll take the assignment."

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Preface xi
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • 1 - A World of Turmoil 1
  • 2 - 1942 Kelly Field, Texas: Early 6
  • 3 - Laredo, Texas 11
  • 4 - The B-29 Superfortress 20
  • 5 - Tinian, Clark Field, Okinawa: 1945-47 32
  • 6 - The Best of Times, the Worst of Times 43
  • 7 - You'Re in the Army Now 62
  • 8 - January 1966: the Flight Over 92
  • 9 - Vietnam: 1966. 104
  • 10 - Military Operations Increase 137
  • 11 - Beating the System and Getting Short 171
  • 12 - My Plans Go Awry 183
  • 13 - Vietnam: the Second Time Around 196
  • 14 October 1969: An - Impossible Mission 228
  • 15 - A Father and Son Combat Team 269
  • 16 - The Medal of Honor 307
  • 17 - Korea, Fort Rucker, and Switches Off 317
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