Ron Abler had a truly uncommon and unusual wartime experience during his time in Vietnam.  He flew helicopter rescue missions from ships based in the Gulf of Tonkin into Vietnamese waters and land territory.  The goal was mostly to bring back downed pilots before the enemy could find them.  Once in a while there were other rescues of Vietnamese nationals, too.  The miracle of the Miracle Squadron was that while many helicopters and airplanes were lost in combat, not one downed crew member or pilot that was signaling for pick-up during Abler’s time in the war zone was lost.  In total, nearly 1500 rescues were made without loss of life during these nearly impossible and dangerous rescues.

 

All we heard about Vietnam on the news during those days was about the protests at home and death in a distant land.  Ron Abler had the privilege and experience of truly helping to save lives.  He never saw the enemy during his time there. Ron’s war experience was uplifting, memorable and life changing in many good ways.  War is not a good or perfect thing, but Abler’s experience is a part of the story about the Vietnam war that very few people have heard about.  We were deeply impressed to say the least.  THANKS RON for sharing your story with us.

 

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