Viet Nam 1967-68 026
Dennis Tuckosh playing with the camp dog "Cherry" Hue, Vietnam 1968. The ever present M16 rifle is close by. I do remember Tuckosh told me a story about flying to Da Nang in a Huey helicopter gunship, piloted by Mr. Dunn to pick up several civilians. On the way back from Da Nang the pilot ,Mr. Dunn said, "lock and load, there is an emergency we must attend to." The problem with that statement was, Tuckosh didn't take his M60 machine gun with him on this mission just to pick up civilians. Tuckosh then reached over, picked up his M16 rifle, and chambered a bullet. Tuckosh looked at the civilians that were with him and told me "they were terrified, their eyes were as big as silver dollars" after he chambered a bullet in his M16. Tuckosh told Mr. Dunn the pilot, he "didn't have his M60 machine gun with him" and all of a sudden the Huey helicopter gunship slowed to a crawl because the helicopter pilot knew it would be very hard to defend without a machine gun on board. Tuckosh said he "didn't know that helicopters flew that slow." In a few minutes Tuckosh got an "all clear" message in his head phone from the pilot and the Huey gunship speed increased dramatically going back to Hue. The civilians didn't have head phones on so weren't privy to the Tuckosh and the pilots conversation. Mr. Dunn ,the Huey gunship pilot was my favorite among all the pilots I knew.