I had the honor of attending the bi-annual reunion of A-1 Skyraiders Association in Ft. Walton Beach, FL. Captain George Marrett, USAF, Ret. invited me to the reunion where I was the guest speaker. Along with Captain Marrett I gave a presentation to more than 100 pilots and other service members. Captain Marrett described the rescue mission he led on 10 MAR 69 after Colonel Carter Luna was shot down in central Laos. I gave a detailed presentation about my research of Colonel Luna, and my trips to Laos. We received a standing ovation which indicated to me that we were well received by this group of courageous and dedicated men. A-1 pilots flew combat missions in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War and also were a main element of search and rescue missions.
This was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me, but maybe I’ll attend the next reunion and have updated information to share.
The presentation should be available on You Tube in the near future and I’ll update the link here once I receive it.