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American cleverness vs. communist cruelty
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American cleverness vs. communist cruelty

Captain Wayne Waddell deemed his chances of survival slim to none as his F-105 Thunderchief fighter-bomber plummeted out of the skies near the Chinese border with North Vietnam. Perilously close to the ground, he ejected, the chute deployed, and Waddell hit the ground in less than three seconds. Evasion attempts failed. Captured and incarcerated, the Air Force pilot would remain a POW in North Vietnam for the next five years and eight months.

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Posted: jun. 27, 2015 12:24 p.m. | Updated: jun. 28, 2015 5:00 a.m.
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Welcome to Honoi Hilton
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Welcome to Honoi Hilton

July 5, 1967: Near the North Vietnamese/Chinese border.

Awaiting his turn to roll-in from 14,000 feet, Air Force Captain Wayne Waddell kept calculating his odds of penetrating all four layers of anti-aircraft fire. His aircraft, the Republic F-105 Thunderchief, nicknamed the ‘Thud’, was the workhorse of the bombing campaign against North Vietnam early in the war. The largest single-seat single-engine combat aircraft in history, the ‘Thud’ weighed 50,000 pounds and carried a 14,000 lb. bomb load, twice that of the B-17 and B-24 heavy bombers of World War II.

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Posted: jun. 20, 2015 12:27 p.m.
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Vietnam vet among America's Best
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Vietnam vet among America's Best

Excerpts from “Twelve Days in May” by Jerald W. Berry - May 6, 1970, LZ (Landing Zone) Fox, Binh Duong Province, Cambodia, with Company C, 3rd Battalion, 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division.

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Posted: jun. 12, 2015 4:50 p.m. | Updated: jun. 14, 2015 5:00 a.m.
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Flag Day for how long?
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Flag Day for how long?

Today is Flag Day. How many older generation Americans can remember the history of Old Glory? How many Americans will be cognizant that this Sunday is in fact Flag Day? How many educational institutions, self-proclaimed elitists, and politically correct activists will consider the mention of Flag Day as ‘offensive’ to the disenfranchised, the envious, or to foreign students?

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Posted: jun. 13, 2015 4:41 p.m. | Updated: jun. 14, 2015 4:00 a.m.
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Bigger and bigger bombers
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Bigger and bigger bombers

December 23, 1944, Podington, England: Two of eight “Recommendation for Award” excerpts for Captain Raymond V. Clay, 92nd Bomb Group, 326th Bombardment Squadron, 8th Air Force.

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Posted: jun. 06, 2015 12:57 p.m. | Updated: jun. 07, 2015 5:00 a.m.
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