01 March 2007
I wondered if I should post on the subject of Bruce Crandall receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor at all, then decided I should, 'cause you need to hear my two cents.
And yet, I'm at a loss for words.
I saw the movie.
Viet Nam Veterans will all be moved by it, but I've seen enough movies to know you have to take them with a grain of salt... (the tactics used by the gunship similar to the one I flew, near the end of the movie, are completely wrong and would never have happened that way!) One of these days, I look forward to reading General Moore's book and learning the straight scoop.
I know this much:
The Landing Zone was receiving so much fire, the Infantry Commander closed it down.
Bruce Crandall continued to fly into the closed zone for three days.
He landed in that zone 22 times.
He knew each time he started his approach that he was likely to take a bullet, yet he refused to abandon his comrades.
That, Ladies and Gentlemen, is unimaginable courage.