Yes, that makes me a Republican.
"Luke, I am your father."
Yes, I know, the movie wasn't out yet....
This is aircraft commander Capt. (later Major) Ron Piche. I flew with him for several months when I was gunner for Major General Hay. A great guy that put up with a lot of my crap.
Yes, war is hell. All we do is fight, fight, fight- all day long. We can never let our guard down.
Bye for now, I have to fight some more.
Looks like something out of a movie.
My son Tony said I look gay in this photo. Hey! It was the style of the day. I thought I looked hot and irresistible. Notice the bulge.
I earned the Combat Infantry Badge (CIB) when I was in the infantry with the 2/16. I earned my Crew Member's Badge when I became a door gunner. I earned the Air Medal by flying all those heroic, dashing, brave, "disregard for personal safety", "above and beyond the call of duty" and fearless combat hours.
And General Hay himself pinned the American Stud Medal on me when I.... well, I don't want to brag anymore....
PHOTO GROUP THREE
The next time you meet a Vietnam vet ask him what he did there. If he says he was in the infantry, then buy that man dinner. No one had fought or lived harder than the infantry.
Only 25% of US forces in Vietnam were actual combat troops. The rest are support. That's about the average in any war and in any army.