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  1. dang–I haven’t typed in in so long I feel as old as wally. anyway I have to say HI to all and make Branson reservation. Got so cold here–down to 40 at nite my fingers didn`t work well.
    Remember Jan 11 of 1970, but just remember the 2 2nd platoon KIAs—Arky and Jake. What day was it when Captain Bob got hit ?
    Larry–you south in Texas or still in Colorado ? Rex doing ok ?

  2. I haven’t seen the video yet, but I’ve been bragging about medevac pilots forever. I remember one time we were in a spot between a bunch of trees for them to pick up the wounded. I couldn’t see how they were going to get in. Next thing I know the dustoff comes swooping through a sort of channel between the trees that seemed too narrow for them to fit. They threaded that needle, picked up our guys and were out so fast it was unbelievable.

  3. Hey Bill Beckum….Thank you for the link. Just watched the video…very nice production. Thank God for the Medevac pilots. I think I would have been a goner if not for them.

  4. An excellent piece for anyone who was on Hawk Hill!

    Mr. Beckum,

    Thank you for your service. WLIW, the PBS station on Long Island, produced this documentary. I have sent a note to them inquiring about the availability about a DVD. I’ll let you know when I hear back. In the meantime, the program is available for on-demand viewing through the PBS app or through our website here https://video.witf.org/video/3004312198/ through 9/30/18.


    Fred Vigeant

    Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio


    Public Media Center

    4801 Lindle Road

    Harrisburg, PA 17111

    OFFICE 717.910.2851 TOLL FREE 1.800.366.WITF


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    From: Pat BECKUM [mailto:wbeckum411@comcast.net]
    Sent: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 9:30 PM
    To: WITF Customer Service
    Subject: American Medevac

    On January 16th from 8-9 pm I watched a documentary called “American Medevac” on WITF featuring Moraly Safer of CBS. It was a piece done in 1971 on which he reunited two medevac pilots and three wounded soldiers in 1971. It took place on fire base Hawk Hill in Vietnam. That was my last fire base before coming home Nov 21, 1969. I would like to get a copy of that piece if possible.


    William Beckum

    411 Boyd Dr

    Red Lion, Pa 17356


    1. Bill, That piece was done by Morton Dean. That video was shown at the 196th reunion in Louisville back in July. Morton was there and told us about the making of the video and later that night was one of the guest speakers at the banquet. It was a very moving video for all who saw it. I asked Morton if it would be available and he said yes but after September when it first appeared on PBS. Not sure how to get my hands on a copy though.

  5. Larry,

    Under the members section, I can’t get into the KIA’s. All the others come up fine. I saw on the Americal website that C2/1 had 4 KIA’s in Jan 11. Just wanted to check these guys out but couldn’t get into that page.

    1. I can tell you than 1/11/1970, Roy Lewis (Arky) and Grover Bowers (Jake) were KIA. I didn’t think there were any others on that day in 1970.

  6. I made my reservations today for the reunion in Branson. There are a lot of shows there, so there should be plenty to do for us that arrive early.

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