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MEDEVAC 15th Med\15th FSB
307B N Main Copperas Cove, TX 76522
A MEDEVAC pilot whom they flew with and they
felt had helped them to get the job done and allow them to safely return
home was mentioned by MEDEVAC Medic Bill WALSH and gunner Rick GOODSON
who e-mailed the following: "COL Hank TUELL had an outstanding career as
an aviator, commander, and hospital administrator. His initial assignment
after flight school was with the 15th Medical Battalion in Vietnam. He
flew more than 1,000 combat hours, evacuating over 2,100 patients,
demonstrating tenacity and bravery under fire.
His combat awards include the Silver Star, six awards of the
Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Bronze Star, Soldiers Medal and
Purple Heart. He served two tours on the Surgeon General's Staff, as an
assignment officer, and later chief of the Career Activities Office. His
second great passion after flying was mentoring the young aviators and
Soldiers of the Corps. He commanded the 63rd Medical Detachment in
Germany, 571st Medical Detachment at Fort Carson, and the 56th Medical
Battalion at Fort Ord. Hank was selected as the first Chief of Staff of
the newly formed US Army Medical Command. His final assignment was as the
Garrison Commander, Fort Detrick, MD. One of the most decorated aviators
of the Vietnam era, Hank's quiet and humble dedication to the Army
Medical Department and its Soldiers is an example for all. Hank TUELL
was inducted into the DUSTOFF Hall of Fame on 12 November 2011."
My first flight as a MEDEVAC Medic in early January '70 was with Lt.
TUELL as copilot, known as "Young Okie," with the senior pilot of that
flight, "Old Okie," probably CW2 Phillip K. GIBBONS. They more than
likely took advantage of flying together because both were from Oklahoma.
That flight was just a quick hoist operation out of HQ Phouc Vinh where I
was learning the ropes. CW2 GIBBONS DEROSED the next month in February
'70. "Young Okie" then became the only "Okie."
They could also
mention "considerate" when listing Henry TUELL's attributes. He always
carried with him on his flights a #10 G.I. can-as well as his personal
shotgun-where he would deposit his chewing tobacco spit, avoiding sending
it out the window and possibly addicting the door gunners. I ended up
flying a lot with Lt. TUELL; enough to know.
firstname.lastname@example.org comments, "Gentlemen of the 15th MED Bn., my name
is John BRENNAN, and I am the author of, 'U.S. Army Helicopter Names In
Vietnam,' a book from Hellgate Press. The listed price is $31.95,
however; you may obtain a signed copy for $29.95, shipping included, by
sending a check or money order to: John BRENNAN, 17355 Via Annette, San
Lorenzo, CA 94580.
"P.S. Listed in the book are 23 copter names
attributed to the 15 MED Bn. P.P.S You are welcome to preview the first 20
pages by accessing the publisher's Website at
www.hellgatepress.com and clicking on the .PDF hyperlink.
also be signing books ($28) at the VHCMA St. Louis Reunion June 16-19. It
weighs in at 2 pounds, measures 8.5x10, contains 408 pages, and 40
Arthur Ray WATSON
Dinwiddie, VA, signs in with, "I was with A-Co, 15th MED Bn., during
1967- 1968. I remember Mr. CRESPI, as he was in my unit as a Staff
Sergeant. I was the Supply Sergeant for A-Co, 15th MED.
Director, 1st Cavalry Division Association, Dennis WEBSTER
email@example.com sends over, "I received word about the death of LTC
(Ret) Spencer J. CAMPBELL who served in C Company, 15th Forward Support
Battalion at Fort Hood and during Desert Storm. His obituary is at
http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2011/04/17/1087209?sac=Obits . He
died on 13 April. First Team!"
From Steve RICHEY, "I write an article
for the Saber now and then. I served in the 1st Cav in the 8th Engineers in
Nam, and now have a book out. I've enclosed the video of it, you might like
the music. It's for sale at www.createspace.com/3481071
"I'd appreciate you telling others.
Hell, it's worth the time to watch the video just to hear the music!!!
The book has eight exNam Cav veterans who decide to have a big
adventure. It's a good'rn! Thanks!
"We were the engineer company between
you guys and the perimeter wire in Phouc Vinh. I was there the night
incoming blew up five of your helicopters, and the frigging M-60 ammo
was cooking off, filling the air with bullets.
Was a lively night."
Always remembering our 1st Cav troops on duty around the world; over
Bodnar C 2\7 '69
SO THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE