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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!
Paul A. Bloomquist Inducted
Into AA Hall Of Fame
Bloomquist was inducted into the Army Aviation Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN
on 30 Mar 15.
Throughout his short, but brilliant career, LTC Paul A. Bloomquist
represented the very highest traditions of Army Aviation and strongly
promoted the DUSTOFF spirit. Graduating from the Helicopter Officer’s Course
in 1954, his initial assignment was with the 54th Medical Detachment
(Helicopter Ambulance) in South Korea.
After he returned to the U.S., his keen aviator skills were called on during
a massive snowstorm that blanketed much of the northeast, in the winter of
1958. Flying a UH-19 helicopter in extremely hazardous conditions,
Lieutenant Bloomquist logged 55 rescue missions and made 62 drops of food,
medicine, and emergency supplies to travelers, farmers, and villagers cut
off by the heavy snow and earned his first DFC.
It was during his initial tour in Vietnam that CPT Bloomquist distinguished
himself as one of the Army’s finest military officers and premier aviators.
He kept extending his stay in-country, and during 21 months of daily combat
flying, was cited for heroism several times. Among his four Distinguished
Flying Crosses, a Bronze Star, three Purple Hearts, thirty-six Air Medal
citations, one of his DFC actions exemplifies the kind of courageous and
dedicated pilot he had become. [Read
Full Citation] [See
James C. Wingate Inducted
Into DUSTOFF Hall of Fame
Wingate was inducted into the DUSTOFF Hall of Fame on 28 Mar 15 during the
2015 DUSTOFF Association reunion at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville,
TN. Congratulations to Jim for his life-long dedication to serving our Army
and DUSTOFF. [Read Citation]
Former Medic Award Recipient
In Need Of Your Help
(Springer) Wunderlich received the Medic Of the Year award in 2008. But upon
her return from her second deployment in 2010-2011, she became quite ill and
needs all the help the DUSTOFF community can afford.
A fund has been
established by her friends and family and will be used specifically for
the purpose of taking care of ordinary living expenses and outstanding
medical bills. If possible and appropriate, please forward
this link to
anyone you would like to share with.
Military Order of the Purple Heart Observes George Washington's Birthday
Military Order of the Purple Heart is proud to observe the 283rd anniversary
of the birth of the nation's first elected President, General George
Washington. As the Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, it was
General Washington who created the Badge of Merit on August 7, 1782 to
recognize the bravery and meritorious service of the common soldier on the
This year, patriot members of the MOPH will gather at the statue of George
Washington on the steps of Federal Hall in New York City, the first Capitol
Building of the United States of America, which marks the spot where George
Washington was inaugurated as the nation's first President. On this
occasion, the City of New York will present the MOPH with a proclamation
designating the city as a "Purple Heart City," as an expression of its
support and appreciation for its native sons and daughters who were wounded
or killed in combat by the enemies of the United States of America,
defending the very freedoms that make this nation so great. For their
service and sacrifice they received the Purple Heart Medal.
Mike Novosel Article In
Army Aviation Magazine
Army Aviation Association of America's (Quad A) December 2014 Army Aviation
Magazine dedicated the inside back cover to Army Aviation Hall of Fame
inductee Michael J. Novosel.
"Chief Warrant Officer Three (later CW4), Michael J
Novosel was a 'man for all seasons.' As a DUSTOFF pilot - that almost
legendary breed of helicopter flier whose record in rescuing wounded men
during battle is one of the proudest chapters in the Vietnam War - he was on
of the best.
A lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve when the
Vietnam conflict began to broaden in the early 1960's, Novosel lived
comfortably, but felt that he could be of help to his country in some
capacity. Finding the USAF over-strength in its senior grades, he obtained
four years' military leave from his employer, Southern Airways, and joined
the Army Aviation Program in June 1960 as a warrant officer.
His desire to help was quickly answered when, as a member
of the Special Forces in 1965, he evacuated wounded civilians to hospitals
when the U.S. intervened in the Dominican Republic civil crisis. He was
credited with evacuating more than 2,200 wounded persons and "extracting"
some 5,500 wounded soldiers and Vietnamese in all. His 60 Oak Leaf Clusters
to his Air Medal, his three Distinguished Flying Crosses, and his Purple
Heart denote a remarkable man.
At age 48, he became the oldest member of the Army to win
the Medal of Honor, the award being made for his repeated bravery in the
face of heavy Viet Cong gunfire while he extracted 29 wounded South
Vietnamese soldiers during 2 1/2 desperate hours of flying on 2 October
Always displaying the technical competence of the true
professional, Novosel was a life-long member of AAAA who dedicated his life
to aviation, to the military services, and to his country. He died April 2,
2006 at age 83."
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
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
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