News article after we found Columbia Eagle, I'm slouching on the left of the pic
Fill us in guy what was the deal, i couldn't quite get it.. this is the 121 right?
find the ship that had a mutiny on board. At the time we were at Utapao Thailand. We were not the ready crew but got launched anyway. We found the ship, the mutineers called MAC-V and told them to get us backed off or they'd shoot, we backed off. Stayed on station until we were on fumes, declared an emergency and landed back at Utapao. The ship steamed into Cambodia. I was told we were orbiting the ship inside Cambodian airspace. We only had some odd junk in our chow box, threw together what we dubbed Cambodian Stew, not great but it sufficed.
Do you remember how many lbs you had when you got back to Utapao.. If i remember Utapo you almost had to declair an emergency to get straight in.. the A/F definitly had priority over us..
Ho Chi Mihn, had to find a gap between the big ugly muthas
Holy shit cutter you was in that!! Read some of it cannot make all of it out though. My hat is off to you...but please if you would print the article so we can read all of it...and yer pic so we can see yer pretty face!!
sorry about that, i couldn't get a thing the first time, cept some lop that was slouched over on the left side of the crew..laugh'n at my own humor.. sure sign of senility.. I've got it now.. this was some sort of mutiny on the bounty thing huh.. I see Rear Adm. Rapp commended VP-1's crew for outstanding ... something.. What finally happed to the Eagle..
held for a long time in Cambodia then sent back to the U.S. for more time in the cooler. I don't know if all the bombs and stuff were left aboard the ship or if the 'bodians took it.
post a better copy later.
these are the stories we need to pass on that make up who we are.
greg you have a pm
The Pueblo deal, I really don't think he had a lot of options as i remember... and sure paid a price for it. Can't remember how much of the burn locker they got thru, but i don't remember any major change in crypto so thinking all the sensitive stuff was burned..
keep his crew alive since his ice covered gun was no match for the N. Koreans gunboats.
Never the less, it is my opinion that the U.S. Military should have neutralized the N. Korean capability to get Pueblo into port.
I really don't know what to say. I do know that some memories are hard to bring up but it is the hard ones that make or break us to make the nation we are supposed to be so thank you....
sorta says it.
have had it so much easier than my ground pounder colleagues in the M.C. and the Army and even the Navymen in river patrol and corpsman duty with the Marines. It got hairy sometimes but at least we got home, too many did not. Greg's squadron lost 2 planes in the area we operated in. It's sad to think about the guys and their families.
you got the James dean thing going don't you? By the way very impressive article. Something to be very proud of and I'm sure there is more but the world knew about that one!!!!
so, Via con Chevrolet, or buenos tacos, whatever. G'night
I'm getting off here myself...weather moving in and aint got the chickens or ducks up...nite all
I don't think greg has left yet and we might get to see his wife lay down the law!
Wow...That's a story now..hats off to you! I was only Iowa National Guard, but I remember hearing the stories from helicopter pilots. there were also a lot of NCO in my Huey unit. many were Vietnam veterans ...always listened, they had some stories. Hats off to your generation that went and served...not so much to the hippies and the dip pies or the politicians that fought the war for the generals!...no win situation...what a mess...glad you made it back.and the highest respect to the ones that didn't..you guys were awesome!