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Lest We Forget - Armistice/Remembrance/Veteran's Day 2021
« on: November 11, 2021, 02:04:53 PM »
The "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918.  Whether you call it Veteran's Day, Armistice Day or Remembrance Day, November 11th is a time to put aside politics and pay tribute to all who died for their country.  It is also a perfect time to thank the Veterans in whatever country you live in.

With thoughts of Mitch the "Phantom Phixer" and Larry, "Ghost".

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Re: Lest We Forget - Armistice/Remembrance/Veteran's Day 2021
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2021, 05:10:20 PM »

Thanks Veterans for your service.

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Re: Lest We Forget - Armistice/Remembrance/Veteran's Day 2021
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2021, 08:04:41 PM »
It's never too late to properly recognize a veteran ...

The "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918.  For mitch, the Phantom Phixer, who kept the F4s flying. For Ghost, we remember, always.

"If you are able, save for them a place inside of you and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go. Be not ashamed to say you loved them, though you may or may not have always. Take what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own. And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind."

Major Michael Davis O'Donnell
1 January 1970
Dak To, Vietnam

Mike was shot down a few months later, on 24 March 1970.  He was attempting to extract 8 members of MACV-SOG LRRP RT Pennsylvania, 14 miles inside Cambodia in Ratanokiri Province, after they declared a Prairie Fire.  "You take them in - you get them out!" was the creed the Bikinis aircrews lived by.  Red Three's last transmission before his Huey burst into flames was "I've got all eight, I'm coming out."

O'Donnell received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.  His "gentle heroes" poem was recited during the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in 1982, and rolled by in the closing credits of the 1987 movie "Hamburger Hill".

Listed as KIA 7 February 1978 (Presumptive Finding of Death).  Remains repatriated on 12 April 1995.  Identified on 20 June 2001.  Came home to Arlington National Cemetery in a group burial on 16 August 2001.  Panel 12W Line 040  (The original cross was changed to a diamond)

RIP, 2nd Lt. Cyril Richard "Rick" Rescorla, Platoon Leader, B Co 2/7 Cav.  "Hard Corps One-Six" survived the Broken Arrow in the Ia Drang Valley, November 1965, only to face another hell in New York City on Sept 11th. In charge of Morgan Stanley security, he was advised by Port Authority police that there was no need to panic and evacuate when the first tower was hit.  "Bugger THAT!" he said, and he began the orderly evacuation of the 2,700 employees on the 22 floors of WTC 2 and another 1,000 in WTC 5 across the plaza.  He had most of them out to safety by the time the second plane hit.  He went back up the stairs of the flaming South Tower one last time to search for stragglers, and was last seen in the 10th floor stairwell, headed up, as the tower collapsed on him.  To date, no trace has been found of his body.  Rescorla is memorialized at the South Pool of the National 9/11 Memorial on Panel S-46.  A bronze statue based on that iconic photo of him at the Ia Drang is on permanent display on The Walk Of Honor at the National Infantry Museum at Ft. Benning, GA.

In remembrance of a hometown hero, Airman Robert Louis Zwerlein USN

On 29 July 1967, as a result of an electrical malfunction, a Zuni rocket was accidentally fired across the flight deck of the Forrestal into a plane waiting to take off. Zwerlein was on the port side of the flight deck at the time as a plane captain, making a prelaunch aircraft check of the A-4 Skyhawk piloted by Lt Cmdr John McCain (who would be shot down over Hanoi three months later). The jet fuel from the damaged plane ignited, beginning a chain reaction that exploded bombs and other ordnance aboard the carrier. He was among the 134 men killed in the Forrestal disaster (another 161 injured), the worst loss of life on a US Navy ship since World War II.  Of the 73 aircraft, 21 were destroyed and 40 were damaged.

He died on 01 August 1967 of the burns and injuries sustained in the fire.  He was 21.

Listed on the Wall at Panel 24E, Line 65

Bobby was a third generation member of the volunteer Port Washington Fire Department, Protection Engine Company No. 1. He is believed to be the first native son killed in Vietnam.  Under his Schreiber HS yearbook picture is written “For a Sailor should never be shy”.
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