I received this from my dearest friend Patricia Lupole today-she who named us Asknod. It comes as I remember getting a letter from a fellow Air America Friend packing up PC-6’s over at the Air America Terminal on the flightline at Tan Son Nhut Air Base. He wrote it over lunch on the 11th while prepping the Porters for shipment back to Taiwan. Dale was spooked at the obvious ARVN “troop movements” around the perimeter as if to prepare for a final stand. He wrote that he couldn’t wait to beat feet for Clark Air Base and on to home.
I try mightily to suppress memories of all those I lost over there. I read today that they awarded Purple Hearts to all who were clobbered by Major Raghead at Fort Hood. Wherefore the Purple Hearts for all of those PICs wounded or killed who swooped in on the PDJ in old H-34s (unarmed) and scooped up my friends when they were shot down? How about a round of Air Medals for each and every one who risked life and limb with no thought of their own lives to rescue Air Force personnel?