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The following excerpts are from the
Fall/Winter 2002 DUSTOFFer Newsletter. The complete newsletter, and all
the stories, is mailed to each DUSTOFF Association member. If you are not a
member, become a
member now and read the complete issue.
DUSTOFFers. This has been a fast-paced year both in our Association and in
our Army. With the threat of war with Iraq looming on the horizon, our
DUSTOFF units remain at the ready to serve our fighting forces with
dedicated support. Please keep our deployed servicemen and women in your
prayers for their safety and health.
Plans for the 2003 reunion
are well underway. Your executive council has worked hard to get the best
deals possible at the Marriott NW here in San Antonio so our reunion will
be a comfortable and fun time of meeting with comrades and their spouses.
Crewmember of the Year
On 8 April 2002 at 0625Z, a
nine-line MEDEVAC request for 5 patients with injuries sustained from a
grenade blast was received by the 50th Medical Company. At 0640Z the
aircraft departed Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. Approximately 40 minutes
after take-off, contact was established with call-sign Playboy 90, who
advised of enemy activity. After landing, SGT George Hildebrandt departed
the aircraft to evaluate the patients, while SGT Forwood provided aircraft
While on the ground, SGT
Hidebrandt and SGT Forwood reported hearing small arms fire from the right
side of the aircraft.
Rescue of the Year
crewmembers of the Rescue of the Year crew are Pilot in Command CPT
Michael A. Stone, Co-Pilot CW2 Ezekial J. Coffman, Medic SGT Frank l.
Caudill, Crew Chief SPC Jose Peru of the 57th Medical Company stationed at
Fort Bragg, North Carolina. At approximately 0910Z on 27 July 2002,
DUSTOFF operations received a 9-Line MEDEVAC request for numerous
casualties located in the vicinity of Ab Khail. Elements of U.S. Special
Forces, 1/505th PIR, and Afghan militia fighters were conducting a search
of the village of Ab Khail. The search was intended to locate weapons in
the village. The crews of DUSTOFF 36, Wings 11 (a Quick Reaction Force
UH-60), and two escort AH-64s (Widowmaker 23 and 26) were launched
at 0920Z for pickup.
The Early Years
DUSTOFFer Bobby Mock writes
about the day Kelly went down.
On July 1, 1964, I was the
one to get the message from the CO of the 121st. It’s strange now that
these very short moments in our lives are still so clear. I was sitting in
our little operations room in front of our hooch when he rushed in. His
exact words were, “Kelly’s down.” Then he turned on his heels and ran out
of the room. It was not until about a half hour later that the word came
that Kelly had been killed.
I immediately got on the
land line trying to get the operations shack at our headquarters to report
the news. I even tried the radio. After about ten minutes of trying, I
went through to the orderly room and found out that the whole group had
gone to lunch.
Heroic Pilots & Crews - Medevac
Greg Linscott, a member of
the U.S. Army way back in the Vietnam War era, provided an eloquent thanks
to an unknown crew he’d encountered in 1968.
Belated thanks to the
pilots and crewmen who MEDEVAC-ed our dead and wounded out under withering
enemy fire in late May 1968 in the Thien Phuoc Valley (Happy Valley),
somewhere out west of Tam Ky.
My unit, D, 1/52, 198th
Light Infantry Brigade was ambushed by an NVA unit in the early morning
hours. Casualties piled up fas. Any approaching helicopter was pounded
with enormous volumes of enemy fire, and all attempts to assist were
As the battle wore on, our
situation became tenuous. Several fly-over ammo drops were successful, but
we were desperate to get the wounded out so we could maneuver.
DUSTOFF Memorial Paver Campaign
With a goal of raising just
over $10,000, DUSTOFFers have adopted 76 of the over 250 names on our
memorial boards and raised just over $3,200 (as
of publication of The DUSTOFFer). The list of names was mailed to all
Association members in the Hall of Fame ballot. The cost to adopt a paver
is $40. Undesignated donations are also welcome. Send your adoption
selection and donation to the Association’s mail box with your choice.
Make your checks payable to DUSTOFF Association and write “Pavers” in the
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