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Landing troops in Vietnam in April 1962

While we were landing Army troops in Vietnam April 1962, I was flight deck corpsman. Because the piper cubs we had on board didn’t make but 1 off the ship, I was told to get on board one of the Marine helicopter should the troops need medical assistance. Well just off shore our helicopter went down. We were only about 100 feet up so only the captain got a minor cut on his arm. We hit hard and as a result I have had back problems since. I have put in for assistance from the VA and because they seem to have trouble getting the fact of the incident, I have been waiting for more than 3 years for a decision from the VA. If any of my shipmates have any info on the incident, PLEASE contact me. I need all the help I can get..

Richard Johnston at


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