4:38 | Mac Armstrong took certain things away from the Vietnam War. The shortcomings that the U.S. faced during this conflict helped to inform future conflicts that we were involved in.
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Mac Armstrong tells of his upbringing in Louisiana and his decision to join the ROTC at Louisiana State University. While stationed on the West Coast, a comical series of events led him to meet his wife.
Mac Armstrong remembers time during training as they prepared to go over to Vietnam. While flying over the jungle, Armstrong and his partner had a hairy encounter that was resolved by some quick thinking on his part.
While managing equipment in the Air Force, there are a multitude of things that can go wrong with the various aircrafts. Learning from these mistakes was essential for them in going forward.
A Chinese soldier managed to return an Air Force Class Ring back to the family of the fallen soldier, Pat Wynne, who Mac Armstrong knew from his time in Vietnam. This gave them closure on how he passed while flying over North Vietnam.
Mac Armstrong recalls his time working in the Pentagon during Desert Storm and some of the decisions that they had to make. Having to navigate the intricacies of the Middle East during that time period was difficult but Armstrong and his team but they did an efficient job.
Mac Armstrong took plenty away from the mistakes made during the Vietnam War. These are the lessons that he implemented while in the Pentagon during Operation Desert Storm.
While on leave in Quantico, Virginia, Harvey Taylor decided not to re-enlist and go back to Vietnam. When he returned home, he realized that there was a lot of disrespect for Vietnam vets back in the States. Over time, he realized that he had a lot of things repressed from the war.
Growing up in Texas in a family with military history, Brice Barnes had a desire to enlist to help the world be a better place. Going into the Vietnam War, he understood and sympathized with the idea that the U.S. was looking to help the Vietnamese be better off.
Enlisting in the ROTC program at his college, Joe Ponds got his introduction to military service. At the time, race relations made it difficult for African-Americans to succeed, so he found himself especially sharp on his training. After he graduated with his pilot's license, Joe Ponds went into flight school.
Brice Barnes remembers having to talk sternly to some of his soldiers in order to ensure order within camp. After an incident at the Tet Offensive, he went through what he calls the longest day of his life, as he had to deal with an incredibly complicated situation.
Brice Barnes remembers his first operation providing security for Medical Civilian Action Program and the bartering he did with some Vietnamese children. After the Tet Offensive, he remembers having to deal with a lot of the bureaucracy that came with the ongoing war.
For new soldiers in Vietnam, more training was imperative to get them ready for the changes they would face in country. During a mission, Brice Barnes found a huge weapons cache that they were worried might be more heavily guarded than they expected.
After getting new orders to fly a combat helicopter designed to draw enemy fire, Joe Ponds started to patrol the Vietnam-Cambodia border. Later in life, he found out that his patrols may have led to intel that resulted in the invasion of Cambodia.
Brice Barnes remembers having a dinner with a Vietnamese Chief during the Tet celebrations, which led to a good relationship throughout the war. Coordinating with local agriculture was important for him as he tried to get help for the Vietnamese people.
Early Christmas morning, Franklin Mendez and his battalion loaded up to head to sea from Okinawa. Seeing the size of the Navy fleet he was in, he started to realize that it wasn't just a training exercise and that they were heading somewhere with a purpose.
After his first deployment, Brice Barnes was stationed in Thailand and then retired as a civilian in the Army National Guard. During Desert Storm, his unit was mobilized to provide support for training for that conflict.
Kramer must rely on his resilience and inventiveness to overcome the challenges of Khe Sanh Combat Base. After a precarious landing, his unit spends several months under intense artillery fire in a dusty, war-torn camp with limited food, water and sleep.