Saber Article Index

2020 Sep-Oct

Like those who eulogized Brigadier General (Ret) Art Junot in the last Saber, I was saddened to see that he had died. But we are all on the list. So, remember, carpe diem. Or, as they say in Texas, “If you ain’t having fun, it’s your damn fault.” Judging from Art’s biography, he certainly lived life to its fullest. I was surprised to see so much I did not know about him.

When I had seen the photo of him in the Nov/Dec 2019 Saber when he had stopped in the 1st Cav Assn HQ for a visit, I thought he looked old. But it had been twenty years since I last saw him.

As Executive Director of the First Cavalry Division Association, Art let me write some things in the Saber. That was Scout Three-Zero, in 1992. In 1997 I attended the 1st Cav Reunion at Fort Hood and drove by the 1st Cav Assn HQ in Copperas Cove, TX, to see how it looked. I noticed a duplex across the street for rent. I was looking for a place to live, so I applied and was accepted. I lived there for the next five years.

While there, I started to use the internet and came across a website called Snore’s Funhouse. It turned out to be MEDEVAC crew chief Sherman Breedan, whom I had flown within Vietnam. He said he was trying to start a 15th MED Association. I told him he should write a column in the Saber. He said, “Why don’t you?” When I had mentioned that to Snore, he was not even a member of the 1st Cav Assn. I had to encourage him to join for the pittance of a fee.

I used to go across the street and talk to Art a lot, and I maybe mentioned that to him. Art said, “I need someone to write a 15th MED column.” Thus, I began this column.

Snore started his 15th MED Association and had their first Reunion at his house in Virginia. He ironically died not long after that.

Again, after reading Art’s biography, what surprises me is how much about his background I did not know. I used to have so many one-on-one conversations with him in the 1st Cav Assn HQ. He never mentioned his background. He was always just focused on the 1st Cav Association and getting the Saber out.

I happened to be in Copperas Cove for the last five years of Art’s tenure as the 1st Cav Assn’s Executive Director. Just as I was leaving town to move to where
I am now; Art was training retiring CSM (Ret) Dennis Webster to take his place.

I used to see Dennis on TV at the Ft Hood town hall meetings when he was Division CSM. He was always getting designated by the CG to take care of somebody’s business. So, for him to take over as Executive Director of the 1st Cav Assn seemed like a fitting retirement.

I got an email from B 1-8 Cav ‘66-’67 Veteran Clayton “Glick” Goings of Mt. Airy, N.C. He said he knew MEDEVAC crew chief James Minish very well but only learned of his death after reading this column.

Clayton says, “Jim cared for other Vets and did more for others than I could ever mention here. He lived by your motto, “So That Others May Live.” If any of your readers would like to share memories of Jim, contact me at (336)756-0403.”

‘70-’71 MEDEVAC pilot-MEDEVAC 2-and 15th MED Assn webmaster Ron Huether sent an email about a movie being considered made about the outset of U.S. Army aeromedical evacuation in Vietnam, and its first participants. That was the 44th Medical Brigade using the call sign Dustoff, around 1962.

The 1st Cav’s Air Ambulance Platoon, call sign MEDEVAC, furthered the concept when the airmobile division went to Vietnam in 1965. As well as being different units, the 1st Cav put M-60s on their MEDEVAC helicopters by order of CG H.W.O. Kinnard, which continued that way for their remainder in Vietnam. No other U.S. Army aeromedical evacuation helicopter units had mounted armament.

The out-of-print Government Printing Office book I frequently mention in this column: Dust Off: Army Aeromedical Evacuation in Vietnam by Peter Dorland and James Nanney is still available as a FREE PDF file from Run it on Google etc. for the quick and easy download of the complete story, all years, all units.

I got a telephone call from Earl Kinard in D.C. about whom I wrote in the Saber in 2019. Earl called in response to my last column. He sounds alive and well.

I had spelled his name differently in the then next issue when I again mentioned him. I found the Washington Post article about him, and it has this spelling above.
That article is still at: .

He said what I had written about him was not wholly correct. You can contact him to find out what I got wrong. There is no better accuracy than from the horse’s mouth. 1st Cav Assn pun intended.

The 15th MED Assn website also posted photos of the MEDEVAC crew members who did the first light evacuation of the urgent casualties on FSB David in June 1970. They are included here.

Hank Tuell
Greg Simpson
Jon Hodges
Dan Brady
Mike Parsons

Always remembering our 1st Cav Troops on duty around the world; over and out.
FIRST TEAM! Garryowen
Mike Bodnar 2\7 '69
MEDEVAC 1-7\70

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