Tag: fall of Saigon
There was little deliberation and almost instantaneous action by Captain Chambers who ordered that all of the arresting wires drawn across the deck in order to reduce the speed of the landing jets be removed. He did not hesitate to order every available seaman on deck to move as many helicopters as possible to one side of the ship. Any aircraft impeding the ingress of the little Bird-dog and its invaluable cargo would be pushed overboard and into the sea.
I am writing these books so that Vietnam Veteranss can set their grand children on their knees and open the pages to an era, not of shame or failure, but of heroism, goodness, and Military victories, during the Vietnam War.
I was born a disabled boy in a poor and crowded family in Vietnam. More sadly, I was also born to hastily grow up in the circumstances of one of the most bloody and merciless civil wars in the twentieth century, a “century of sorrow.”
Bung Ly, the heroic pilot of the little Cessna O-1 Bird Dog, stood once again on the deck of the USS Midway and recounted the tale of his escape from Con Son Island and rescue by Captain Chambers and his exhausted crew.
The true story of Bung Ly and the amazing rescue of his family on the USS Midway is captivating children of all ages.
The men of Midway were made of flesh and blood, preferences and persuasions, courage and fear, and, on April 30, 1975, surging compassion.