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Vietnam Helicopter Pilot to Receive Medal of Honor

Congratulations to UH-1 Vietnam Huey pilot Charles Kettles. Charles, now 86 years old from Ypsilanti, Michigan is going to receive a Medal of Honor on July 18, 2016. Kettles is credited with saving dozens of lives on May 15, 1967 after our troops where ambushed in the Song Tau Cau river valley. With no guns or aircrew, under constant fire, no air support, with disregard for his own life, he flew in, piled in 8 soldiers, was over gross weight and somehow managed take-off and fly back to safety. We’re glad this hero is getting the recognition he deserves. kettles