You can try convince me otherwise, but really, it’s a green #fish or at least agree with me that it’s a #fishy#chinook
Nothing but smiles and big fish @waltdarren living the dream!!! Caught in rivers inlet last year 🎣
“The life expectancy of a door gunner is 30 minutes after take off.” - Common saying among US helicopter crews in Vietnam.
“We flew tree top level in an attempt to draw enemy fire. We would drop smoke, engage the enemy with our Hueys, Ranger gunships and a light infantry squad. On every mission my body was overtaken by an intense and overwhelming adrenaline rush. The biggest adrenalin rush was on a rescue mission where we were shot down.
It was on one of my last rescue missions when a pilot named Captain Bartholomew and I were dropped into a lz or landing zone, to try and extract a downed chopper. The pilot of the downed chopper reported that the chopper was flyable. We did manage to start and get the aircraft airborne but we started receiving fire, took several hits and lost power and hydraulic fluid. We had to auto rotate and we crash landed, just missing a river by a few feet.
When we hit the ground my right knee slammed into the console causing an injury that still gives me problems over forty years later. I threw my M-16 to Captain Bartholomew, kept the 45 acp between my legs. No, it wasn’t some sort of phallic symbol hanging there. It was just handy and when I ran out of ammunition for the M-60 I could just reach down, draw the automatic and have another seven rounds to throw at the enemy.
As a door gunner, shooting from above always caused an uncontrollable adrenaline rush. No matter how hard I tried, my legs and knees would uncontrollably bounce out of control! When I got shot down and was shooting at the v.c. while I was on the ground hiding behind a very small bush my adrenalin rush was off the scale of any fear or anxiety I had ever felt, it was a level of fear I wasn’t used to.
The fear of being a KIA on the ground or the possibility of becoming a POW was a fear factor all it’s own. Not knowing my destiny was a roller coaster ride but all I could depend on and cling to was my belief of my buddies up above trusting in them to get us out of there in the best possible condition.” - Ernest P. Garcia, US Air Cav, Vietnam. ♠️