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5:55   |   Growing up in a family of all boys, Brian West went to college in Illinois but couldn't avoid the draft so he decided to enlist in the air wing of the Marines. After going to flight school, Brian left Chicago for Vietnam nervous for the future.

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Videos ( 5 )
  • Brian West  |  Vietnam  |  HMM 363  |  7:24

    Brian West arrived in Danang as a First Lietenant, offloading in torrential rain, a metaphor for what was to come. After getting stationed at Marble Mountain, Brian West settled down into his company and started flying.

  • Brian West  |  Vietnam  |  HMM 363  |  9:18

    Learning how to fly over Vietnam was difficult to master, but Brian West started to get the hang of it. West remembers the mission he was on when he was shot over Phu Bai.

  • Brian West  |  Vietnam  |  HMM 363  |  5:57

    Brian West and his company had a few different ways to pass the time in between missions. Keeping spirits high was essential to staying sane while abroad.

  • Brian West  |  Vietnam  |  HMM 363  |  9:08

    In Da Nang about to fly out to head back, Brian West and his company gets hit by a rocket attack which shakes them up. Once they get in the air on the way home, he remembers the feeling of relief that rushed over him as they knew they were safe. Following his tour in Vietnam, Brian began instructing a new group of pilots in Pensacola where he had an interesting experience on New Year’s Eve.

  • Brian West  |  Vietnam  |  N/A  |  5:15

    Brian West remembers his most heroic flying story from his time in Vietnam.

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