174th Assault
Helicopter Company

Wounded in Combat

Here's a picture of " head wounded" Steve outside the Shark EM Hootch, Duc Pho 1970. "Actually, I was climbing on top of my gunship for typical checkout. However, the main rotor was running and I took a direct hit from the control rods. On another note, a little later, I was to leave the RVN to stateside after I had the front of my foot shot off by small arms fire. Ahhhh...the 'life' of a Crew Chief."

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