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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Man in the Door . . .the UH-1 Huey Door, that is . . .

This is a great tribute to our door gunners and crew chiefs, whom none of us can praise enough...They saved our bacon everyday, and when we were done with a 15 hour day, they still had to pull a post flight sometime holding a flashlight in the mouth..In spite of this film, be aware that the Army had 3800 Hueys in Vietnam.

THE CREWCHIEF AND DOOR GUNNER WERE VERY IMPORTANT PARTS OF THE UH-1 HUEY IN COMBAT...THEY GAVE THE PILOTS THERE MORNING COFFEE, DONUTS AND AN OCCASIONAL JOKE OR TWO - OTHER-THAN-THAT, THE PILOTS OF THE UH-1 HUEY'S IN COMBAT OWE THERE LIVES TO ALL OF THEM. ENJOY THIS SMALL TRIBUTE TO ALL OF THEM...

I thought this would bring back memories.....

http://www.youtube.com/embed/qH2vbYs6ebc

Oh Yes! It does bring back memories, some great & some that brings the return of running tears. These are great action shots & I appreciate the forward.

Our Crew Chiefs & Door Gunners will always be the "Tall Men in the Saddle" for me; they hung in there with us through thick & thin in those "Reynolds Wrap Tanks" called
Huey's.

Funny~ we never had coffee & donut service. Our missions were "Immediate Scrambles" to pull some PBRs, SEALS, 5Th Army Special Forces Guys out of Harms Way.

Any time we sat down for Chow @ any odd-ball location I would always pay for the Crews food & drinks. But then ~ I don't recall any STARBUCKS joints out in the Rice Paddies or the Jungles we operated in & out of . . . do you? GOD BLESS every one of our Crewmen . . . they are the men who have made AMERICA what it is & what it stands for !

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