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To our brothers
who fell in Combat

"They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
we shall remember them."

Laurence Binyon

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"But we shall be remembered; we few, we happy few, we band of brothers. For he today that shed his blood with me shall be my brother."


17th Special Operations Squadron

Major Bernard Knapic

Captain John H. Hathaway

Major Moses L. Alves

Major Jerome J. Rice

Staff Sergeant Abraham L. Moore

Major Merideth G. Andersen

First Lieutenent Thomas L. Lubbers

First Lieutenent Charles M. Knowles

Master Sergeant Joseph C. Jeszeck

Staff Sergeant Robert F. Fage, Jr.

Sergeant Michael J. Vangelisti

18th Special Operations Squadron

Staff Sergeant Clyde D. Alloway

Captain Terence F. Courtney*

Captain David Slagle

Staff Sergeant Kenneth R. Brown

Captain Thomas R. Hamman

Sergeant John Rucker

* Awarded Air Force Cross posthumously



If you are able
Save for them a place
inside of you
and save one backward glance
when you are leaving
for the places they can no longer go.
Be not ashamed to say you loved them.
Take what they have taught you
with their dying
and keep it with your own.
And in that time when men decide and feel safe
to call the war insane,
take one gentle moment to embrace
those gentle heroes
you left behind.

Major Michael Davis O'Donnell
1 January 1970
Dak To, Vietnam

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Capt. Terence F. Courtney

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Air Force Cross May 12, 1972

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