MIKE WALKER C-130 Hercules, Crew Chief, Khe Sanh, January 1968

C-130 Hercules

Mike Walker, Crew Chief, C-130 Hercules.

Labor Day weekend , while on my way to my car. I noticed this man, wearing an Air Force, Vietnam Veteran hat. I introduced myself to an airman who I knew nothing about other than he wore a Security Police badge on his hat. Here is a picture of Mike Walker and myself.

We talked and I gave Mike Walker my business card with “A Weekend to Remember, 25th Anniversary; Vietnam Veterans Memorial.”
Then on Saturday, September 12th, we meet for coffee and he revealed something very unique… He is the crew chief on C-130 Hercules flying mission(s) into Khe Sanh,the U.S. Marine base under siege. Khe Sanh siege started in January, 1968 until April, 1968.

Their primary role is “beans and bullets’ for the Marines who hold their position while 40,000 North Vietnamese Army soldiers have surrounded their position with trenches, heavy artillery (dug into sides of the surround hills. The U.S. Marines, number 6,000. The 26th Marines are tasked with patrols outside their perimeter.

I have included a letter written by Karl McCrosky from Hayward, California. Here is his senior picture from Tennyson High School, June, 1967. Karl graduated from U.S. Marines, Camp Pendleton, Ca, Oct. 1967. A month later he was assigned to 26th Marines Regiment at Con Thein siege. The 26th reassigned him to Khe Sanh, January 1968.

26th Marines

Karl McCrosky, June 1967.

Here is the hand written letter from Karl, March 1968 at Khe Sanh, Vietnam.

Written account from Mortar man

March, 1968 from Con Thien to Khe Sanh.

December, 1968 while on leave to Lowry AFB, Karl and I talked about the war. He said “You don’t need to go to Vietnam !” Word has it he is alive and well in Texas. Karl, “Welcome Home Brother !”

About pleiku1970

My service at Pleiku, 1970 is significient because of the Cambodian Incursion. Close proximity to exit routes from the Ho Chi Minh Trail and the "Tri-Border area of Laos,Cambodia and Vietnam. This Air Force assignment was different than most, because of the isolation.
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