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Of all the Medals Upon our Chest From the Battles and War we knew, The one admired as THE VERY BEST
Is the one of Infantry Blue. It is only a rifle upon a wreath,
So why should it mean so much?
That gives it that Magic Touch. To earn this special accolade
You faced the enemy's fire
Whether you survived or not
God dialed that one desired.
For those of us who served the cause
It is the

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69- Airmobile Insertion & Extraction in Vietnam for the Combat Infantrymen

In this episode, we describe the airmobile insertions and extractions from the point of view of the combat infantrymen during the Vietnam War.


As you will hear in this audio episode, there were problems, dangers and challenges for the combat infantrymen when they were delivered to the landing zone (LZ) and dropped off to begin their mission (usually from 7 days to as much as 50 days or more) in the jungles, rice paddies or mountains of Vietnam (including some parts of Laos and Cambodia).

In addition to falling down from a hovering Huey chopper within the 2-seconds of time before the helicopter lifted and left (so that the next chopper coming in could also insert the infantrymen), the terror that was felt by the infantrymen was tremendous — since they were basically sitting ducks or appeared to be the targets in a “turkey-shoot.”

Since the Vietnam War was the testing ground where airmobile operations on a grand scale were perfected (more so than the Korean War), the benefits of such knowledge that was gained by shedding blood now have proven to save lives since the ’70s, and especially in the Middle East with today’s troops.

As you will hear in this audio episode, the respect that I have and will always deliver eternally will be to the two brave and courageous men that have literally saved our lives — the combat medic and the helicopter crews during these airmobile assaults and operations. The latter include the pilot, co-pilot, crew chief and door-gunner. For, without their sacrifice and courage and help, we would probably not have survived.

The photo in these show notes comes from Vietnam Magazine, the April, 2015, issue, pages 52-53.


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Copyright (c) 2015,  Combat Infantrymen’s Association. Photo copyright (c) 2015, Vietnam Magazine, April 2015, issue, p. 52-53. All rights reserved.

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