114th Aviation Company Association
"God's Own Lunatics"
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donít know if there is anyone here today who does not
thrill to the sound of those blades. That familiar
whop-whop-whop is the soundtrack of our war, the lullaby
of our younger days. To someone who spent his time in
Nam with the grunts Iíve got to tell you that that
noise was always a great comfort.
It meant someone was coming to help. Someone was coming
to get our wounded, someone was coming to bring us water
and ammo, someone was coming to take our dead brothers
home. And eventually someone was coming to give us a
ride out of hell. Even today when I hear it I stop Ö
catch my breath and think back to those days.
I love you guys as only an Infantryman can. No matter
how bad things were, if we called you came. Down through
the green tracers and other visible signs of a real bad
day off to a real bad start. To us you seemed beyond
brave and fearless Ö that you would come to us in the
middle of battle in those flimsy thin-skinned crates ...
and in the storm of fire you would sit up there behind
that thin Plexiglas seeming so patient and so calm and
so vulnerable... waiting for the off-loading and the
on-loading. We thought you were God's own lunatics and
we loved you. Still do.
We are the fortunate ones! We survived .. when so many
better men gave up their precious lives for us. We owe
them a sacred debt ..to live each day to its fullest.
What they are saying Ö when you listen hard enough is
this: We are at peace; and so should you be, and so
should you be.
Joe L. Galloway July 2, 2000
Vietnam's UH-1 Huey Pilots taken from a talk by Joe Galloway given at a
VHPA Memorial Service at The Wall during the VHPA convention in DC.
Reproduced with the permission of Joe Galloway
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