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Latest DUSTOFF News

If it's been a couple of weeks since your last visit to our site, you may want to visit our Old New Page (or any of the past years located in the left buttons) and get caught up on what you may have missed.


Heroism and Valor

A recent invitation to give thoughts and reflections of the Heroism and Valor of those in Vietnam saving lives offered the opportunity it tell the stories of Dustoff. The group, the District office of the Social Security Administration, had an program for Memorial Day with about 200 in attendance. As their keynote speaker, I had a short time to say a lot and with a few "war stories" was able to get the perspective across of the slice of war to save lives. It was also noted the high risk, the dangers unique to Dustoff, and the ratios of casualties among Dustoff pilots.

Everyone in the combat theater has a unique role, but when boiled down of how the soldier is coming off the battle field, they are either "walking" off or carried out as WIA or KIA.

The program also had a POW/MIA ceremony, with the single place setting, single candle, red rose, with china and silverware. Presenting the explanation of all the symbolism was especially significant remembering my close friendship with Jerry Roe.

J. Craig Honaman
Dustoff 70, 57th Med Det, 67 - 68

The Legacy of Eagle DUSTOFF

With the recent inactivation of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade - the storied Eagle DUSTOFF air ambulance company (Legacy 50th Medical Company) also was inactivated. A group of former members of the unit put together this short legacy to share with DUSTOFFers. [Download the story in Adobe Reader (PDF) format (610Kb)]



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2015 Reunion Pictures

Some of the pictures from the 2015 Association reunion in Nashville have been  posted. There are lots more to go, but take a look at what's there now and be amazed at how good looking we all are!

159th CAB, C7-101 (50th Med)
Deactivation Ceremony

the 159th CAB (including C/7-101st - the old 50th Med Co AA) Inactivation ceremony will take place Thursday, 7 May 15, at 1030 on the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Parade Field at Fort Campbell.

A Vietnam Patient Reunion

Bob Barrett (L) and Mike DeFazio (R)

During the Vietnam War, Bob Barrett, like all of our Vietnam War DUSTOFFers, evacuated hundreds each month. Sometimes a small business card was dropped in the pocket of the wounded letting them know who had pulled them from the battlefield to life-saving care. Many went un-noticed. One such card surfaced last summer when, after over forty years, Mike DeFazio unpacked a duffel bag and donated the artifacts to a local museum. In the shirt pocket of his fatigues was a card that was discovered. It was from Bob Barrett indicating that Bob had evacuated him.

Mike Reading Card

At our reunion this April, Mike and Bob were reunited. It was quite an emotional time for Bob to see the results of just one mission flown so long ago. Mike returned from his injuries - he was within four minutes of bleeding out according to his surgeon. Mike married. Mike and his wife have three children, all of whom are now working in the service of our great Nation. In the words of MG Pat Brady "It's not just one man he saves, it's generations of children he saves." Welcome Home Mike and Bob!


Do We Have Your Current E-mail Address?

With the Army Knowledge Online move away from local e-mail servers to the new “mail.mil” e-mail, we are experiencing lost e-mail traffic with some of our members. If you have an e-mail address registered with the DUSTOFF Association that is either a “us.army.mil” or “amedd.army.mil” domain – please take time to send us your new “mail.mil” domain based e-mail address. [Read More]

Help Find Lost Association Members

We have an abnormally large number of Association members we can no longer communicate with. When postcards are sent out, for instance to announce voting for Hall Of Fame inductees, we've received cards as "Undeliverable." Please take a moment to scan the list of lost members and send us contact information if you find your name or you know the where-abouts of someone on the list. [See List]

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