Medal of Honor recipient visits ‘War Eagles’

| April 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

Sgt. Daniel Schroeder
25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division



KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — A Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient visited Soldiers of the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, here, March 29-30.

Retired Col. Bruce Crandall, who received the medal for his heroic actions as a flight commander in the battle of Ia Drang, Nov. 14, 1965, shared his experiences and wisdom about the Army aviation community.

Crandall began his visit with the 25th CAB at Mustang Ramp, where he visited several maintenance hangars and met face-to-face with Soldiers.

“I have always wanted to come out here to Afghanistan and visit our troops,” Crandall said. “It’s a pleasure to be here and to have these young men and women serving in the Army.”

After his visit to Mustang Ramp, Crandall attended a dinner in his honor.

“It is always a pleasure to meet Col. Crandall,” said Chief Warrant Officer 5 Mike Kelly, tactical operations and personnel recovery officer, 25th CAB. “What he provided to the service and Army aviation community inspired me to join flight school.”

During the second day of his visit, Crandall conducted a question and answer session with Soldiers from across the brigade. Soldiers asked questions to learn more about Crandall’s Army experiences.

“All 81 of the living Medal of Honor recipients feel the same way about this award, Crandall said. “This should have gone to all my men who were there. We wear the medal for the others who didn’t get it.”

On Nov. 14, 1965, Crandall’s flight of 16 helicopters was lifting troops for a search and destroy mission from Plei Me, Vietnam, to Landing Zone X-Ray in the Ia Drang Valley, when the airlift began to take enemy fire.

At the time, he was serving with the Company A, 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile).

He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his “… conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.”

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