Sounds of the era | Officers reunite after five decades | Pilots, once enemies, now friends
Bob Ford and his thousand missions | Decades later, vet goes back to Vietnam for good | My experience
INTERACTIVE: Meet the Medal of Honor recipients from 1966
FROM THE ARCHIVES: Stars and Stripes reporting from 1966
Select a photo below to read more about the reunited officers
Navy ROTC University of Oklahoma, artillery officer in Vietnam 1967-68, CIA intelligence officer 1971-2001, founder of martial arts school, opened Chinese medicine and acupuncture practice in 2001.
F-4 Phantom pilot
Navy ROTC at Harvard University, flight school 1968, flew F-4 Phantom jets in Vietnam 1960-70. Thirty-year Marine Corps career, law degree and two master’s degrees. Chief judge and staff judge advocate of the Marine Corps.
Retired as brigadier general, was executive director of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, appointed general counsel for NASA. Retired in 2014 and loves to ride his motorcycle.
Roger Hunt and John Astle
CH-46 helicopter pilots
Roger “York” Hunt, 71 Navy ROTC the College of the Holy Cross, Navy Flight School in Pensacola, Fla., 1967-1968. Flew CH-46 copter in Vietnam 1968-69. Left Marine Corps in 1970 and became a U.S. postal inspector. Retired in 1999.
John “Ace” Astle, 73: Enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves out of high school, Marshall University in West Virginia and Platoon Leaders Course, 1962-66, Navy Flight School in Pensacola, Fla., 1967-68. Flew CH-46 helicopter in Vietnam 1968-69, served as a pilot on Marine One, retired from the Marine Corps as a colonel after 30 years. Spent several years as a police pilot, and since 1982, has been an elected official in the Maryland legislature – first in the House, then in the Senate.
John Sullivan and Robert Lund
Marine Observation Squadron-6, Vietnam 1968-69
John Sullivan, 71: University of Southern California, Platoon Leaders Course 1963, comissioned 1966, flight school 1966-68. Flew Huey gunships with Marine Observation Squadron-6 in Vietnam 1968-69, retired as colonel, 1994, became associate business professor and college athletics director and founded a leadership teaching ministry in Africa
Robert Lund, 72: Navy ROTC College of the Holy Cross, Flight school 1966-1968. Flew Huey gunships with Marine Observation Squadron-6 in Vietnam 1968-69, released from active duty 1971, career in information technology.
Rifle platoon commander
Ord Elliott, 72: Princeton, 1966, Platoon Leadership Course, rifle platoon commander in Vietnam 1967, left Marine Corps 1972. Earned a PhD at Purdue University in 1974, associate professor and professor 1973-1982, management consultant and business strategic adviser, founder of two companies
As Stars and Stripes looks at the monumental moments, actions and people from the Vietnam War on its 50th anniversary, we struggle to do justice to the life-changing war.
So we’re hoping our readers can make sense of it.
In six words.
It’s not a new concept. Two Army veterans launched the Six Word War project, a crowd-sourced memoir of Iraq and Afghanistan.
We want to do the same for Vietnam.
We’re looking for descriptions in six words of your Vietnam War experiences, at home or on the front lines. Whether you served, protested or lived the war through someone in your family.