God's Own Lunatics
"God's own lunatics," is the phrase coined by noted reporter and co-author of "We Were Soldiers Once, and Young" Joe Galloway. (The book later became a hit movie starring Mel Gibson.) Joe bestowed this title as a token of respect and admiration for helicopter crews in Vietnam, and their willingness to go anywhere, anytime, in support of ground forces. Galloway witnessed this first-hand during the Battle of Ia Drang in 1965.
In this print, artist Joe Kline has captured the teamwork, commitment, and devotion to duty required to complete the mission of extracting a Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol under heavy enemy fire.
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Vivid detail accentuates this black and white sketch by Thomas Maloney. This Vietnam-era print depicts a UH-1 inserting US Army soldiers into a hilltop LZ. Click on the thumbnail image to see a larger view. Then click your browser's BACK button to return here.
"Air Cavalry was drawn from an official U.S. Army photograph taken by SSG Howard C. Breedlove in Vietnam April 24, 1967. The men jumping from the helicopter were from the Rifle Platoon, B Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Air Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division. The photograph was taken on a hilltop about three kilometers west of Duc Pho in Quang Ngai Province during Operation Oregon, a search and destroy mission."~Tom Maloney
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