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Copters Rescue 11 Stranded GIs
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By SGT. ROGER NEUMANN, Staff Correspondent
Stars and Stripes Newspaper, December 14, 1968
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Within 15 minutes, three HH43 “Pedro” rescue choppers from the 38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Sq. detachments at Phu Cat and Pleiku AB were on the scene to begin the nine-
Army chopper gunships pelted and silence enemy guns while the “Pedros” and an Army helicopter went in for the Americans. The Air Force crews rescued nine, and the Army copter pulled out two more.
Footnote: Casper 721 crew members Cliff White, Co-
Also on the scene was the crew of Casper 031. They arrived with the Brigade Flight Surgeon to help free Walt from the wreckage and later helped extract members of the rescue team. Crew members were Larry Kahila, Aircraft Commander and Terry Gallagher, Crew Chief.