Greetings my friends.
Many years ago back in 1971 I was serving with the Australian Army Training Team in South Vietnam.
I found myself based on a small island off the coast of South Vietnam, called Lon Son Island.
My role there was as a Medical Advisor, and also a part of a team that became renowned for its role
in Australian Military history, for its role as the most highly decorated Australian Unit to have served in Vietnam.
Now the purpose of my post I would like to explain.
Sometime in the year of 1971, I found myself stranded in Nui Dat, Nui Dat was the base of all Australians in Vietnam, my little home town at that time of the war, was a little island called Lon Son, my home was actually an old French fort.
Somewhere in the mists of time, I got stranded at Nui Dat with no means to get back home to my little island off the coast.
With Australian ingenuity I decided to thumb a ride, much like a hitchhiker, I stood at the end of the tarmac, full pack, webbing and all accessories, shoulder holster, Armalite rifle and other paraphanalia of war.
Planes were taking off non stop , Choppers were taking off non stop, in actual fact history shows that out off Vietnam, a plane was landing and taking off every three minutes.
I watched as the planes departed, all on combat missions, all I wanted was a simple taxi lift back to my little island.
Out of the sky swooped the smallest helicopter I had ever seen, it was like a blown up ballon, it was a Bell Huey Chopper.
The pilot loaded me on board, a big American guy who had control of the Skies.
He asked me where I was goings and said no worries, it was on his way home.
A bubble helicopter with a great American Skypilot, was an experience.
He landed me back on Lon Son Island and assured me of any future help.
To this day that great man doesnt know how he helped me out, to this day this great man doesnt know the future my life would have on Lon Son Island.
He helped me when I needed it.
I would like to track down this great American chopper pilot and thank him for his assistance during this time.
Unfortunatley I have no way of tracking him down.
My good friend on WordPress, Gp suggested this blog.
The only way of finding my American friend is through the identification on his Chopper.
I attach some pictures of that time and the Chopper number plate, who knows, maybe somebody can fit the jig saw together.