Scotty writes: "My service in the Vietnam zone was only a 6 month deployment with the Tridents of Patrol Squadron 26 in Nov '67 to May '68.
But it was a very active time, during which I collected two Air Medals for over 500 flight hours of combat support missions.
Send any additions or corrections to [email protected] The first attachment is from the July 2002 issue of the Smithsonian's Air & Space magazine regarding his involvement in developing the C-47 Spooky/Puff the Magic Dragon concept that became well known during the Vietnam Conflict.
The second item is the front cover of the June 2002 Experimenter showing Ralph flying a P-51 replica in celebration of Loehle Aircraft's 25th anniversary.
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Read the full story » Mower Parts just announced the opening of their retail store at 7130 Oak Ridge Highway in Knoxville, TN.Although he spent six years in the "Hanoi Hilton," an infamous North Vietnam prison after his plane was shot down during the Vietnam War, retired U. Members of the Hungerford's Tavern Chapter, Potomac, thought otherwise and nominated him for the Daughters of the American Revolution Medal of Honor, an award given to a U. citizen showing extraordinary leadership, trustworthiness, service and patriotism.Cronin received the award at the DAR Maryland State Conference in Baltimore on March 24.and Click Here for the details provided by most of those veterans.It is interesting reading with the shortest entry saying just "Marine" and several that go into a lot of detail of their service.Click Here for the second page Vern sent this: We had 63ers: Bob Wildman, Jerry Smith and Ollie Donelan in our HS-6 Squadron with much more difficult and daring rescues than mine.Proud to have served with above group- they were a class act! Michael Paul Cronin of Darnestown does not consider himself a hero.If you want to grow your own hydrangea plants, you can produce new …Click Here for the extensive list of our classmates who served in the Vietnam theater.I'm grateful and am an obvious target [for awards] but I wonder, 'Why me? Naval Academy graduate earned two Silver Stars, The Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, four Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts during his years in the Navy, George wrote. This picture of Robert Black and Charlie Minter standing before the actual F-8 Crusader flown by Tony Nargi in Vietnam. 2013 ceremony recognizing the 70th anniversary of the Intrepid's commissioning and a reunion of former crew members, including a number of plank owners.'" There are plenty of reasons why the group nominated Cronin, according to a letter from Kathryn George of the Hungerford's Tavern chapter. "Captain Cronin made a lasting contribution to American heritage through his service as Navy pilot during the Vietnam War, his courageous and valiant record as a U. POW, and for having conceived the idea and working to pass the War Crimes Act of 1996, which states that any war crimes committed to or by a U. Since Charlie's Dad, our Commandant Admiral Minter, commanded the ship in the early '60s, Charlie was invited to participate in part of the ceremony (wreath laying) and Rob is a member of the Intrepid Association. Wreaths are from the same company that does the wreaths for Arlington Cemetery. I have the exact location on the Wall for each classmate.