Saturday, February 18, 2012

Last night

Again last night we were entertained, this time by Bob and Sheila Everhardt and they brought along Francis Hahn to begin the show. 

Mr. Hanh told us a story to begin his part of the show about an American flag he brought and that was hung on the back of the stage. This flag is the last flag to fly over Vietnam. It was flying at an outlying base when the evacuation was ordered, a helicopter was flown in and the base was loaded and ready to go when it was noticed that a couple of Viet Cong had entered the outpost and were busy stuffing this flag into a barrel for burning.


The man pictured below is Francis Hahn. He is the the man who was in charge is dismantling the outpost and the last man to board the helicopter. He is also the man who left his seat in the copter to go and rescue this flag from the Cong and has had it in his position ever since.

Francis went on to a full military career and  retirement and then worked in the White House and is also a song writer of some note, having written songs for such notables as Johnny Cash and the Cash label. After the show I was able to shake the hand of a true American hero.

Then the Everhard's took the stage and entertained us for the next hour or so. Another nice evening of entertainment at J-5.

Today's plan is to keep from being blown away as we are under a 50 MPH wind advisory. The breeze has already blown away most of the clouds which is a step in the right direction. Seeing blue skies sure helps one to enjoy the good life.

6 comments:

  1. Wow, an amazing story, thanks so much for sharing that! Our Nam Vets were/are so ignored. It's rather sad. We've had storms the past couple of days, I'm ready for GOOD weather!!

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    1. Weather is better here today, I'm sending some your way.

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  2. Thanks for a great story. I really have an appreciation for all vets but a special appreciation for those from that era. What a terrible time they experienced both abroad and then at home as well. I'm glad to see that at least now, regardless of their political leanings, most people appreciate our vets.

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  3. What a wonderful story. And what an honor to be able to meet this man and shake his hand. Thanks for sharing this story with us John. I new lots of Vets from that war and they were treated so horribly. They didn't deserve that at all.

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    1. I agree Jo. It is finally good to see the vets get some of the respect they earned so many years ago.

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