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By James B. Stockdale

While actual incapacity from strive against wounds led to Jim Stockdale's early retirement from army existence, he had the excellence of being the one three-star officer within the historical past of the army to put on either aviator wings and the Congressional Medal of Honor. His writings were many and sundry, yet all converge at the primary subject matter of the way guy can upward push with dignity to be triumphant within the face of adversity.

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51-caliber and 37mm fire from the mountains. Ten helicopters were shot down, another twenty-three damaged. No previous operation had experienced such heavy antiaircraft fire, and Westmoreland hastily imposed a news blackout on Operation Delaware. The enemy offered only token resistance once the cav started scouring the valley floor with two brigades and an attached regiment from the 1st ARVN Infantry Division; more ARVN and a brigade from the 101st were screening the mountains to the east. The raid, terminated after twenty-eight days, was declared a major success.

Intelligence had earlier predicted the incursion of an NVA battalion in the hills between Ripcord and O’Reilly, and Lucas’s remaining maneuver elements—a team from the Reconnaissance Platoon of E/2-506th, B/2-506th, and D/2-501st, which had recently been placed under Lucas’s operational control from the division reserve—were deployed to meet that threat. The enemy concentrated his intermittent fire on Captain Rich’s battery on the highest part of Ripcord. First Lieutenant Tore D. Hewlett, the executive officer (XO), and Sfc.

Koenigsbauer hadn’t gone thirty feet that morning when, without warning—the enemy mortar crew was too far away to be heard as it fired, and the whistling descent of the salvo was lost amid the high winds that slapped almost constantly across the firebase—he saw the first round of that first salvo hit the corner of the partially submerged TOC where a tall, two-wheeled aircraft fire extinguisher was parked in case of crashes on the helipad. Even though the command bunker’s radio antennas were offset so as not to mark its exact location, the enemy had studied the firebase with binoculars well enough from the surrounding high ground to determine the location of the TOC.

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