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COMBAT STORIES FROM Vietnam

Dave Oliver | 37th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron - Air Force

10:49   |   The Air Force rescue crews flying the big helicopters known as the Jolly Green Giants began to get respect among the pilots of other services because they excelled at retrieving downed airmen. Pilot Dave Oliver was on one such mission, which was going badly, when the commander asked if was he willing to go in without waiting for backup. The situation was dire for the men on the ground so the answer was affirmative. He would be awarded the Silver Star for this action.

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