The fact that no American lives were lost in the raid is amazing. Image: Son Tay Raiders ass'n. In his post flying assignments he served as a Deputy Base Commander at Zaragoza, Spain and Hurlburt Field in Florida. Although the launch order had not yet been given at the time of a noon briefing at Takhli on November 20, all personnel were issued sleeping pills and ordered to rest from 1 p. The search for Jacob Walden will take you through a page-turning journey, one which will leave your jaw dropped when you find out what happened. Buckner claims that after these scopes had been installed their accuracy on the nighttime firing range rose from around 40% to over 90%. It goes without saying but; we would not, under any circumstance, be upset if you would refer us to everyone you know.
More than 100 aircraft and many support and planning personnel were involved. Dick Meadows is lying prone on mattresses installed on the floor of the aircraft. Did the mission result in benefits as Admiral McCain predicted? The good weather, however, would prevail on 20 November--not 21 November. When we were first told where we were going, we all had an opportunity to withdraw from the mission. Working together meant brainstorming innovations—from resizing the size of the non-standard ammunition magazine pockets on the standard-issue vests to running down equipment at the local hardware stores.
One of our officers, Captain Dick Richard Meadows, had what he referred to as the Meadows Mile. Weather and moonlight were important considerations. Two days later, Generals Manor and Blackburn and Colonel Simons went to the White House and briefed Henry Kissinger, President Richard M. It was dark, and we thought they were the enemy. Primarily ground combat weapons, primarily small arms and man-portable crew-served weapons. The raid was an attempt to rescue prisoners of war being held at the Son Tay camp, roughly 23 miles from the North Vietnamese capital of Hanoi. Blueboy's immediate target was the guard tower at the camp which was quickly neutralized.
Regaining his composure, Special Forces Capt. The ground force would consist of fifty-six Army and ninety-two Air Force personnel, but still only a handful knew what their destination was to be. Simons, Blackburn and I flew to Saigon for this purpose. However, Sergeant Noe Quezada was shot in the back of the leg. The raiding party left their Thai base at 11:25 pm that evening and had an uneventful flight, meeting up with their helicopter transport. On 6 August, by telephone, I was summoned to the Pentagon and instructed to report to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at O800 hours on 8 August.
The Navy committed 59 aircraft from three carriers of Task Force 77 in the Tonkin Gulf to a planned diversion in the direction of Haiphong, to draw the attention of the North Vietnamese air-defense network. If you look at the initial plan, Greenleaf's touchdown was to take place 30 seconds before ours. Another invaluable member of the unit was Col. Two days later, President Richard Nixon sent a letter of confidence to the command unit, now they just awaited the green light for the operation to commence. The presence of the cold front, however, indicated that conditions in the objective area on 20 November would be good and possibly acceptable over Laos for navigation of the low-level penetration flights.
Since we couldn't get enough altitude to drop any heavy stuff, we started strafing it. Hopefully you'll now be better informed, enlightened and maybe even inspired. Vietnam: What was your training like? Then there was Master Sgt. His giant helicopter, laden with machine gun ammunition and six-barreled 7. Buckler: Not until we boarded the chopper after the raid. His military experience includes being Honor Graduate from the U.
Joseph Murray suffered a bullet wound on the inside of his thigh which proved to be minor. So accurate, in fact, they had a little bicycle parked in the prison compound. Reprinted with permission of the publisher,. There was a tremendous vibration. Excerpted from by John Gargus. Incidentally, they were never detected until the very end when departing North Vietnam. He had a real soft streak that made his ability as a teambuilder so unique.
There we tried to set the record straight by presenting the purpose of our efforts and, within the bounds of security, explain the conduct and results of the mission. One other thing I remember vividly is that when the helos went in, they were to take out the guard towers with their mini-guns 7. It is now on display in the Cold War Gallery of the in Dayton, Ohio. We indicated the mission was feasible, outlined our concept and reported we would be ready to execute on the night of 21 October. Simons, in turn, organized a mob in Tehran which stormed Gazre prison. I rubbed it between my fingers, and it began to unfold. Early warning radars would be scanning to the east, while we approached from the west.