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Tails From The Ho Chi Minh Trail-The Ravens Part 2-Their Story

Tails From The Ho Chi Minh Trail-The Ravens Part 2-Their Story

This is the second installment in the Raven series, this video Ravens telling their stories. The stories they tell are thrilling, sad, dangerous, and poignant, of their life and death missions flying combat during the Laos Secret War. Please see Ravens I: Mission and Men on my channel. While most Americans watched the Vietnam War…

Tails From The Ho Chi Minh Trail-The Ravens Part1-Mission & Men

The Ravens While most Americans watched the Vietnam War on television, another bloody conflict was transpiring next door in Laos, hidden from the news cameras and print journalists. A very small, select, group of volunteer U.S. Air Force pilots in a highly secret U.S. government program were fighting a secret war, wearing civilian clothes, piloting…

History Of The Ho Chi Minh Trail- Voices From The Trail
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History Of The Ho Chi Minh Trail- Voices From The Trail

Veteran Voices from the Ho Chi Minh Trail – Staff Sergeant E5 Ed Wolcoff Veteran Voices from the Ho Chi Minh Trail – Staff Sergeant E5 Ed Wolcoff By Virginia Morris . 28 September 2023 Ed Wolcoff was part of Studies and Observations Group (SOG), a highly classified unit conducting covert unconventional warfare missions during…

Tales From The Ho Chi Minh Trail-War Hotels-The Constellation
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Tales From The Ho Chi Minh Trail-War Hotels-The Constellation

The Constellation Hotel Vientiane Location-https://goo.gl/maps/wemEzPEAmFfQd7gR7   In the capital city of every war-torn country exists a curious oddity: a War Hotel. In Beirut, it was The Commodore; In Saigon, The Caravelle. War Hotels are the one sanctuary amidst the chaos and destruction of war, where journalists, diplomats, pilots, spies, war profiteers, smugglers, soldier, and mercenary,…

Tales From The Ho Chi Minh Trail-Operation Lam Son 719 Museum
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Tales From The Ho Chi Minh Trail-Operation Lam Son 719 Museum

Operation Lam Son 719 Museum Location: Ban Dong Savannkhet N16° 38.088′ E106° 25.739′   There is museum dedicated to the battle that took place in this area on Feb 8, 1971 – Mar 25, 1971. The South Vietnamese Army was to throw everything at this area to try to stop the flow of Arms into…

Tales From The Ho Chi Minh Trail-Unexploded Bombs-War Scrap
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Tales From The Ho Chi Minh Trail-Unexploded Bombs-War Scrap

Left Behind Bombs-UXO- War Scrap. You would imagine that there wouldn’t be much left behind in the way of bombs, as they blow up on impact and that’s the end of them. Unfortunately the bombing campaign over Laos yielded a figure of 30%,which  failed to do there job, a large number. They have a warranty,…

Tales From The Ho Chi Minh Trail-Fuel Tanks Raining Down
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Tales From The Ho Chi Minh Trail-Fuel Tanks Raining Down

Air Craft Fuel Drop Tanks.   Location: Khammouane Province Ban Thabak-N18° 14.027′ E104° 39.742′   As a way of extending the flight duration, exterior fuel tanks were fitted on the wings or the main fuselage. Some Tanks were 600 gallons, some 2500 liters extending range considerably. Once empty the tanks were jettisoned and would fall…