Rick MichaelsonRic chieu hoi’d in his sleep yesterday morning early. It was unexpected and sudden with no warning. He will be sorely missed by all of us. He was my son-in-law’s father and I had just helped him win the big 100% banana with SMC S less than three months ago. I expect his wife Marcia will have to fight for her DIC.

I told her and I will tell all of you spouses. Make sure to get an autopsy when this occurs. When you have less than ten years under your belt on 100% permanent and total, you run the risk of VA telling you to buzz off. The only exception is if you pass from a service connected disease. The autopsy will provide the evidence VA requires.

Ric did a year with the 15th Aerial Port Squadron at An Khe in 1967-1968 and was there when they attacked in December and took out the C-130 on the ramp. He served faithfully and suffered a lot of the usual Agent Orange diseases we all do. It’s going to leave a big hollow spot around here for a long, long time.

Ric’s world in 1968:


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  1. hepper74 says:

    Thoughts and prayers going out to the family.

  2. Kiedove says:

    Our condolences to family and friends also. Too young to go. I guess when it comes to AO and other toxic exposures, one must expect the unexpected. The next generation of veterans have also been exposed to deadly toxic chemicals; hope they will do better than Vietnam veterans.

  3. Karen S. says:

    RIP, Brother. My condolences to the family. DIC is possible, I helped a widow get it last year, even though her vet husband died in 1987 because his death certificate said the magic words.

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