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On April 6, 1967, 20-year-old Doug Hegdahl was knocked overboard by the blast from a 5-inch gun mount from the USS Canberra in the Gulf of Tonkin, 3 miles off the coast.
He swam until he was picked up by Cambodian fishermen who treated him well. He was eventually handed over to the NVA and sent to the "Hanoi Hilton" prison.
The interrogators first believed that he was a commando or an agent. His story of being blown overboard seemed unbelievable to the them, but after a few days he was able to convince his captors that he was of little value to them.
When asked to write statements against the US, he pretended to be unable to read or write. Thinking they had someone who would be easily turned to their cause, they assigned someone to teach Hegdahl to read. After he appeared to be incapable of learning to read and write, his captors gave up on him. Later, he came to be known as "The Incredibly Stupid One", and he was given nearly free rein of the camp.
Hegdahl memorized names, capture dates, method of capture, and personal information of about 256 other prisoners—to the tune of a nursery rhyme "Old MacDonald Had a Farm".
He also convinced his captors that he needed new glasses and memorized the route from the prison into the city of Hanoi, where he was taken to be fitted.
During his prison stay, Hegdahl disabled five trucks by putting dirt in their fuel tanks.
He was one of 3 POWs who were released on August 5, 1969, as a propaganda move by the NVA. Although the POWs had agreed that none would accept early release, they agreed that Hegdahl's release should be an exception.
He was ordered by the officer in charge to accept the release so that he could provide the info he memorized, to which he did; confronting his captors in the 1970 peace talks.
 

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Capt. Ted Williams Fighter Pilot 39 Combat Missions Over Korea
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On February 16, 1953, a Marine Corps fighter pilot from VMF-311 was flying his F9F Panther as part of a 200-plane strike force against Kyomipo, about 15 miles southwest of Pyongyang, North Korea. During the run on his target, a troop encampment, enemy ground fire knocked out his hydraulics and electrical system. Struggling to regain control of his aircraft, he gained altitude and headed for the nearest air base, which was K-13.
Fire and rescue crews at K-13 were alerted as the dark blue Marine jet was seen coming in low and fast, trailing smoke and a 30-foot ribbon of fire. Too low to eject, the pilot brought his crippled jet in, making a belly landing and skidding, with sparks flying, for almost a mile before finally stopping. The nose quickly burst into flames that threatened the cockpit. The pilot blew off the canopy and dove headfirst onto the tarmac, where he was quickly grabbed by a couple of flight crewmen and taken away.
It didn't take long for the Air Force pilots and ground personnel at the base to recognize that the tall, lanky Marine pilot who got out of the burning jet was Ted Williams, the Boston Red Sox slugger. He had been recalled to active duty and had arrived in Korea earlier that month. A lot of the guys got his autograph and several took photos, including the one shown here by George Robert Veazey, a pilot in the 36th FBS. He was Aerodrome Officer that day and saw Williams crash land his jet. It was a story to definitely tell the folks back home.
 

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Did you know James Earl Jones went to Ranger School?
A beloved and renowned actor, James Earl Jones has earned acclaim for his versatility, resonant voice, and eloquence. But before he voiced Darth Vader or starred in iconic films like “Field of Dreams,” James Earl Jones was in the Army.
After graduating high school, Jones went to the University of Michigan. He enrolled in the Reserve Officer Training Corps program there, where he excelled as a cadet. Jones was in the Pershing Rifles Drill Team and Scabbard and Blade Honor Society.
Jones commissioned in mid-1953, heading to the Infantry Officers Basic Course at Fort Benning, Georgia. He later attended Ranger school and helped establish a cold weather training command near Leadville, Colorado. He discharged from the Army as a first lieutenant. Just a few short years later, he starred in "The Great White Hope" and earned an Academy Award nomination.
Thank you for your service, James. Respect.
 

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Have to give major credit to officers that got that many men to into that formation with proper balance and form.
 

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MAJOR WILLIAM WHITE had initially served 11 years in the Marines as an enlisted man until 1941. He then switched over to the Army where he would earn a total of 10 purple hearts.
While fighting in Normandy with the 330th, 83rd ID on July 4th 1944, he was shot in chest by a German SMG. Later in the day, took grenade shrapnel to his forehead.
July 5th - Shot in right forearm.
July 6th - Grenade shrapnel in his right arm. Later in the day, took more shrapnel in the shoulder.
July 7th - Took more shrapnel on his right arm from a tank shell while fighting in Carentan. The wound was serious enough to get him off the battlefield.
He earned his first 6 purple hearts in just 4 days. White went into Normandy with 36 officers and 734 enlisted men, but four days later there was only a remnant of 90 men left to fight.
Major White received a 7th Purple Heart for wounds received from another grenade fragment in Luxembourg.
His 8th Purple Heart on December 10, 1944, when his unit was attacking the town of Strass, Germany. He took a machine gun burst in his stomach, which was serious enough to have his last rites read to him.
His last and 9th Purple Heart given in World War II was for shell fragments received while in combat on the Elbe River in Germany.
The tenth and last Purple Heart was given for battle fought in the Korean War. A rifle bullet went through White’s third and fourth front ribs, through a lung, broke the fifth back rib and ricocheted in his chest and came out his right elbow.
He managed to survive his wound, the war. Forgot to mention that he also earned 2 silver stars after single handedly taking out multiple MG positions, 2 tanks, 2 artillery pieces, killed 19 Germans and captured 31 prisoners.
 

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