Crawford Class of 1960
Vihn Long, Vietnam 1968–1969
Army Aviation 114 Assault Helicopter Company
Crew Chief and gunner
time in Vietnam was so strange. Less than a week after
flying combat air assaults I was home watching the war on TV.
It’s been very hard to come to grips with it all, but in 2019 I went
back to Vietnam. I was amazed -- my Vietnam no longer exists. I
think going back might help others to reach closure if they need it.
Me standing by my bunker in fatigues; me, on one of the few days off we had, in civilian clothes headed out for a stroll
We were providing two helo support to a Seal team on the
Vietnam/Cambodian border. During the day we took our helo to a
sand bar off the coast and swam. The Seal team water-skied up a
nearby river. That night we inserted and extracted them on ambush
of large group of Vietcong. (Right) We had just returned to our pick up
point after providing support for air assault for ARVN troops and their
advisors. We were on standby to provide medivac/resupply and
pickup of troops. We traded trinkets with the villagers and played with
the kids. Ten minutes later there was a battle in progress.
in the air supplying an outpost on a mountain top, We held the top
and we held the bottom. No one had been able to walk from one to the