Good Day my friend,
First, I hope your FLAG DAY weekend included some serious flag waving. At our home, Flag Day is everyday 24/7. Old Glory is definitely at home here. BTW, The Flag Day event in Simi Valley was fantastic.
Come Thursday, we will all step back some 50 years to get some insights as to what is was like to be an Army combat chopper pilot flying around Vietnam.
Matt has created an incredible Power Point presentation just for this meeting. And he does not just go into his Vietnam experience…his involvement in Desert Shield/Storm adds more insights and views about that operation that will be news to you.
Here is a teaser from a portion of his Power Point regarding Nam:
Lam Son 719 was a joint Vietnamese-US operation. Vietnamese ground forces and US Helicopters. Conducted between 8 February and 15 April 1971 purpose was to cut the Ho Chi Minh Trail from North Vietnam through Laos and destroy supply depots around Techpone Laos.
NO US FORCES OR ADVISERS ALLOWED IN LAOS. Results, 600 helicopters hit, 100 never recovered but destroyed in place. 1100 crew-members wounded. 108 pilots killed. 11 pilots are MIA today, all in a 45 day period. It was the biggest battle that Army Aviation has ever fought in and changed the tactics, training, equipment for the next sixty years for Army Aviation.
Vietnam through Gulf war Veteran, Col. Matt Jackson, Army (Ret) has an impressive bio: In 1968, this son of a sailor joined the U.S. Army as an entry level private. Twenty-five years later he retired as a full Colonel and accomplished helicopter pilot. Upon retirement from the military, he devoted the next twenty-five years to a career in the business world.
Matt Jackson is another one of those tremendous representatives of the great Vietnam Veteran Generation – one as great as any that ever heeded the call of duty from its country.
While in his real retirement, he began to write about his time in the Vietnam War. He writings were so well received he continued writing about his time in the War. To date he has authored three books titled the Undaunted Valor series. For anyone seeking a true picture of what it was to be involved in that War, I highly recommend that you to get a copy of all three books. They tell it what is was like from the perspective of combat pilot who was there in the middle of the combat.
You may also want to check out one of Matt’s newer books about the Gulf War.
Ken Mayer is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Time: Jun 17, 2021 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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I’m looking forward to seeing you on the small screen.
Take care and stay well,