first published on November 22, 2015 by Josh
Below you will find an interview, and recovered radio transmissions, from UH-1 pilots flying an intense combat mission to evacuate infantryman from the battlefield. Halfway through the first video, one of the helicopters is hit. Their calm under pressure is unreal, and it speaks volumes about these pilots.
Talk about calm and bravery. These pilots sound like they’re out on a Sunday afternoon drive through the park. Here’s the real picture though: They’re flying low and fast, dumping rockets, mini-guns, and small arms fire into 2,000 angry NVA soldiers. Meanwhile slick pilots are landing nearby to evacuate soldiers on the ground who are in a pretty bad way.
The pilot of the aircraft that was struck goes by the call-sign of Pigpen. His real name is Dr. Mark Garrison. Here is his recollection of the events that unfolded on this combat mission.
If you are interested in reading more about this man, you can check out his book “Guts N’ Gunships” >>>HERE<<<.