H/T Old NFO@Nobody Asked Me.
This just in from a F8U Crusader Flyer, Dr. Dick Schaffert, (call sign “Brown Bear”). He is famous for an extended solo dogfight with four Migs back in the Viet Nam conflict.
Once a year he sends a letter (like the one below) to his Naval Aviator squadron mate who died aboard the USS Oriskany.
It’s a touching yet heartwarming story of the friendship developed between men who put their lives on the line for one another in combat.
His letter is too good to be overlooked.
Norm was killed on 26 October ’66. Exactly one year later, we were again back on Yankee Station. After flying my 4th mission against Hanoi in 3 days, I rose from a restless night to scribble a note to Norm. I folded it into a paper airplane; then walked back to the…
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