Thanks for the kind comments. I was fortunate in that I flew guns both tours and for most of my tours supported my old friends in the 5th SF in Cambodia, Loas and even up into North Vietnam. Everytime we launched it was because someone was in trouble and needed fire support so we got to mix it up with the NVA and VC more so than some other units. I guess that would account for my being shot down seven times. We never gave much thought to earning awards, they just seem to come along after the smoke cleared. Attached is a pic of one of my better landings.
Have a very Merry Christmas.