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12. Military Region One

Lam Quang Thi University of North Texas Press ePub

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MILITARY REGION ONE

After a brief ceremony in which I transferred the command of the Military Academy to my brother Tho, I boarded a C-123 transport aircraft for my trip to Danang, where the headquarters of MRI was located. Normally, the pilot would stop at Nha Trang to refuel, but as the weather forecast for MRI was good, he decided to go directly to Danang without refueling. This turned out to be a monumental mistake that almost cost our lives.

As we approached the city, it was unexpectedly struck by a heavy storm. The visibility was zero and the aircraft was caught in heavy turbulence. The passengers, about one hundred of them, were mostly soldiers rejoining their units after a few days leave in Saigon, servicemen’s dependents visiting their husbands fighting in Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces, and also a few reporters getting a ride to the front. The children started to panic and cry while their mothers tried to calm them. Other women prayed in silence, their hands nervously manipulating their rosaries. Sitting in the front seat just behind the cockpit, I saw the crew chief, an Air Force major, open the cockpit window in an attempt to orient himself amidst the storm. I knew that we were in trouble. I was particularly concerned that, by circling over Danang, the aircraft could bump into the Hai Van Chains just north of the airport.

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Chapter 7: Two Women Pilot Groups

Sarah Byrn Rickman University of North Texas Press PDF

Two Women Pilot Groups

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The following footnote in Lt. Col. LaFarge’s “History of the

Air Transport Command: Women Pilots in the Air Transport

Command,” tells it differently.

Miss Cochran suggests strongly that the establishment of the WAFS was slipped over on General Arnold…. This is hardly possible. As indicated above,

General Arnold acted on General George’s memorandum of September 5th, which set forth the plan fully.

The original plan was that General Arnold, himself, should make the public announcement, and General

George and Mrs. Love were invited to his office on the morning of September 10th to meet the press when it was made. When they reached his office, they were advised that he had been unexpectedly called out of Washington, and that the Secretary of War would make the announcement. They proceeded to the latter’s office accordingly. (Interview, Mrs. Love with Lt. Col. Oliver La Farge.)2

Cochran drafted a memo to Arnold dated September 11 that stated, “The use of a few of our women pilots to ferry trainer planes is just one segment of a larger job to be done.” Failing to properly coordinate all the women pilot resources would be wasteful, she claimed. Besides, she reminded Arnold, “The top job is what you told me I would do and is the one I have been preparing to do during the past year…. The announcement made yesterday will throw this larger plan into confusion unless you clarify immediately.”3 Handwritten below the typed contents is the following: “It was this broader phase President

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Youth Rodeo

Ron Tatum University of North Texas Press ePub

Youth Rodeo

Cowboys and Cowgirls don’t just rise up completely formed off of some cattle ranch, and although some people might disagree, most are not born, they are made. A lot of these youngsters start up on ranches and farms, but the proving grounds for many is the Youth Rodeo. The ages of the participants range from two to nineteen.

Youth rodeo in my part of the Northwest usually has four divisions: Pre-Pee Wee (ages 2 to 5), Pee Wee (ages 6 to 10), Junior (ages 11 to 13), and Senior (ages 14 to 19). For several years I’ve volunteered at these rodeos in what is called the “stripping chutes,” where the lassoes are taken off the steers and calves after their event and the animals are driven into pens, and I am humbled and astonished at the courage and talent of these young boys and girls.

The rodeo grounds where youth rodeos are held are the same grounds used by professional rodeos, and the people and the scenery look much the same. The crowds are much smaller, however, made up mostly of family members. You’ll see the same competitors walking around wearing big earned silver buckles large as saucers, but these will mostly be on children . . . little five- and six-year-old boys and girls, cocky young eight-year-olds, serious and competent eighteen- and nineteen-year-olds. You’ll hear country music playing in the background both before and during the rodeo. You’ll see cowdog puppies on horses’ lead ropes everywhere, and may hear an opening prayer that doesn’t ask for help to win, but to do their best and avoid injury. There will often be a couple of hardy-looking seven-year-old boys or girls wearing fancy cowboy shirts embroidered with the names of local sponsors, and during the opening ceremonies you’ll see tiny little three- and four-year-olds proudly racing their ponies all around the arena, hats blowing off all over, none getting stepped on by horses.

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VI Our Red Brothers

Richard Baxter Townshend University Press of Colorado ePub

FROM Cañon City we plunged into the mountains, and a wonderful journey we had over the old toll-road; a rocky road it was and no mistake, but Matthews could drive and the mules were staunch and we did get up and down some awful hills. But to ease the work Matthews left his panorama in its huge coffin-like box at a little mountain town, and thus lightened we reached at last the summit of the Poncho Pass between the valley of the Arkansaw and the San Luis Park.

Here we had an interesting meeting. Three men were coming out of the wild mountains off beyond the Park to the west where they had been looking for gold. The three were Dick Irwin, a well-known prospector whom Matthews had met before, and two others. Of course I knew none of them, but Dick and Matthews started off nineteen to the dozen, for the three told us we were the first white men they had seen after coming out of the wild. Naturally the first thing Matthews wanted to know was how much gold they had found, but to this the reply was guarded. Dick hadn’t discovered any gulch mines that amounted to anything. He had got a lot of specimens, however, in the packs, but how much these would prove to be worth he couldn’t say, not till they had been submitted to the tests of the assayer. He was guardedly hopeful.

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19. A Glorious Experience in the Springtime of My Career

Herman B Wells Indiana University Press ePub

FOLLOWING WORLD WAR II Greece was in a state of political turbulence. It had gone through a four-and-a-half-year period of dictatorship during which usual political activity was forbidden, followed by the Axis occupation, and then more than a year of civil strife between the forces of the Left and the Right. It was alleged that the Communists were pouring a good deal of money and support into the country in order to try to take possession of it. Historians and Russian experts agree that a longtime objective of Kremlin policy had been to gain an outlet and a year-round, warm-weather port on the Mediterranean, and Greece offered the best possibility for this. After all, one of the southernmost Soviet republics, the state of Georgia, is partly of Greek origin and the Georgians are closely allied with the Greeks in culture and attitude.

The Greeks were convinced that a democratic election had to be held soon and that they would need help from the outside to ensure the fairness of the process. Already the Soviets were charging the British military in Greece with intimidation and covert activities. At Yalta the Allies had pledged themselves to help the liberated countries reestablish their democratic institutions. In line with this pledge and upon the invitation of the Greek government, the United States, France, and Great Britain agreed to create a tripartite commission to observe the Greek election and to report to the world on its fairness and adequacy. The South Africans associated themselves with the observations as an international gesture and because of the large number of Greek immigrants in South Africa. The Russians, though pledged at Yalta, nevertheless declined to participate, using the excuse that the mission would interfere with the sovereignty of an independent state.

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