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David Samuels | 135th Assault Helicopter Company, 145th Combat Aviation Battalion - Army

6:45   |   As a new co-pilot, you had to fly with a number of different pilots and they had two nicknames for the newbies. You were either a Cherry Boy or you were a Magnet Ass, depending on how much fire the aircraft took on a mission. David Samuels was flagged as a Cherry Boy, so he was much in demand. Despite that, on one mission, the ship was forced down by an RPG.

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