Re: 1lt Steve Shields locator help
In the spring of 1972 when Steve & I were crazy young flyers cutting through the skies in our Cobras the Vietnam war was nearly over. Except for Special Operations guys the ground pounders had all pretty much been pulled out of the field and only a few other U.S. Advisors were still out in the boonies working with the ARVN. After getting their butts thoroughly kicked in the '68 TET the NVA decided they were ready to give one more big try to claim victory on the battlefield. It was left to the U.S. flyboys like Steve and I to try and thwart their efforts.
The Battle of An Loc was our line in the sand where we made our stand. Unfortunately many good flyers like Steve Shields lost their lives doing the job. The enemy also paid dearly and suffered a humiliating defeat once again. Our unit, F/79 Artillery and the 229th AVN. BN. got our 2nd Presidential Unit Citation because of the extraordinary bravery and dedication to duty by the participants. In was a fitting end to the war, the 1st time that they got Pres. Unit Citation was at the very beginning of the war in '65 at a place called the Ia Drang Valley helping save Col. Moore, Joe Galloway and the 7th Cavalry.
Fear is a reaction..........Courage is a decision
Last edited by Snakedriver; 03-10-2011 at 07:01 AM..