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Becky Robbins-Penniman wrote on October 16, 2017:
My dad is Richard "Dick" Robbins, Misty 142. Recently, I found out about the Honor Flight program, and applied for my dad; we are going next week, with me as his "Guardian." In emailing my friends and parishioners (I'm an Episcopal priest) about it, this is what I wrote: "I'll be out of the office on October 24th on a day trip to Washington DC with my dad and 79 other Veterans and their Guardians to visit a number of memorials. This is not my usual Tuesday! Why am going? Background: My dad served in the Navy, went to the Naval Academy, and then went into the Air Force to become a pilot. I grew up as an Air Force brat. The thing is, that was "normal" for me, and I just saw my dad as . . . my dad. He went off to work every day (albeit sometimes for weeks at a stretch) and came home and did dad things, some of which I appreciated more than others. I loved it when he'd get on the floor and play with us; I wasn't so glad when he yelled at me to clean my room. Normal dad stuff. My dad had two tours in Vietnam as a fighter pilot. I really didn't give it much thought at the time because everyone I knew had a dad going off to war. The second tour was different, though. He'd be gone a long time, about a year. Also, the mood in the country about that war got pretty ugly, and after he got home after the second tour, it was kind of a rule in our family that we didn't talk about the war. And so, we haven't, for, what, 50 years? We picked up and built new civilian lives. "But I knew Dad was proud of his nearly 30 years of service in the Navy and Air Force. When I got to Dunedin [Florida, where I live], I found out about the Honor Flight. This all-volunteer program takes men like my dad who served in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam to Washington DC for a whole day, escorting them to the various memorials and profusely thanking them for their service. I asked Dad if I could apply for him to go on an Honor Flight, and he agreed. Since then, I've found out a lot more about my dad's service, and this old hippie has come to realize that my dad is actually a hero. In that second tour, he served in a highly dangerous recon program that had a very high rate of risk. Obviously, he was one of the lucky ones. "Things happened quickly after I applied for the Honor Flight - he is going on October 24th, and I'm going with him as his "Guardian. I still pray daily for the world to find ways to resolve conflict without violence. Until that Day of the Lord, I am more and more thankful for people like my father who answered the call to serve." As an update for this site, my parents are both living near Fort Myers, FL. Their health is so-so, but not too bad for folks in their late 80s. Thank you to those who keep this web site going.
Kevin Bryan wrote on June 25, 2017:
I just want to commend the group of exceptional people who take their time and effort to keep this site up. My father Col. Robert "Bullet" Bryan, Misty 77 never spoke much of his time at Phu Cat. The stories and first person articles of these men and what they accomplished is beyond comprehension for most people and I applaud each and everyone one of them. While every article adds to my understanding about just what type of person my dad was and the dangers he faced, moreover it strengthens my life's view that he was my greatest hero and inspiration. Besides, what kid wouldn't want a fighter pilot for a dad. To all of those Misty pilots still with us and those that aren't you are the definition of patriotism in this great land.
megan guerrero wrote on April 30, 2017:
I came across this sight while just browsing the web and it made my day so much better to see my grandfathers name on here. I know it was just a small entry on the sight about c. "Bill" williams. But it makes me happy to see him being remembered somewhere.
Jim Loomis wrote on December 11, 2016:
Looking for contact information for Mistys who participated in the rescue of Scotch 03, F-105 pilot on 1-2 Jul 1968 for mission study for possible award upgrades for Jolly Green rescue crew. I know Dick Rutan was one. Also looking for a tape recording made by a Misty, possibly Rutan. Thanks
Bill Tasi wrote on December 7, 2016:
I was a F-100 Crew Chief at Tuy Hoa Airbase from July,1969-1970 My plane was 55-2945 and my Pilot was Lt Carroll Johnson. Many times I strapped Vince Catolica and Paul Tackabury into F-100F models heading out to very long Misty missions. All of the Pilots at Tuy Hoa were fantastic. Nothing but great memories of them and their dedicated service to our country.
Tom Clark wrote on May 23, 2016:
I just finished reading "Bury Us Upside Down" and have also read "American Patriot" about Col. Bud Day. What a thoroughly engaging set of stories around the Misty group! I was too young for Vietnam (born in 1958), but certainly followed it as a teenager. I just want to say how thankful I am for men such as the Mistys, on the ground and in the air, for your service to our country.
Wyman R Sharpe wrote on April 26, 2016:
A remarkable record for any unit. If my R&R had been 8 or 9 days earlier, I would have been #9 instead of Chuck Turner. No better man could have taken the job. We were in the same squadron in Germany before VN with Jack Harris, #10. Bob Blocher, #12 and I were in the same gunnery class at Luke. Michael McElhanon and I were A/C classmates and instructed together in the T-33 IP school after it was transferred to Randolph where I was instructing in the USAF Jet Qualification Course {JQC} and moved to the IP school. I never knew what the assignment was, just that it was a top secret assignment. I accidentally stumbled on Misty FAC a few years ago when searching for old classmates and friends for 2 classmates writing and publishing biographies of our class. Michael's bio and mine are in Volume one of their books "Flying into History: Meet the Heroes of Air Force Flying Class 55N. The Misty FACs are indeed LEGEND. Wyman R. Sharpe, Major USAF retired