John B. Givhan - Army

My strongest memory is being wounded (right leg disintegrated below the knee) in the cockpit of a CH-21C Shawnee tandem rotor helicopter at 400 feet altitude by a missile fired from the ground by Viet Cong bad guys.

This happened on April 12, 1964, in the Ca Mau peninsula near Kien Long, in the vicinity of the U Minh Forest, South Vietnam, while flying a combat assault mission with my unit, the 120th Aviation Company.

My life was saved by my beloved copilot 1st Lt. Robert "Bo" Thompson, my flight surgeon Capt. James W. "Combat Doc" Ralph and my medical evacuation pilot, the legendary Maj. Charles Kelly, the founder of the "Dustoff" call sign in Vietnam.



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