Bruce Crosby

Gary Westcott

We will always remember …

If any Air America veterans happen across this site, I’m interested in trying to track down the helicopter pilot who picked us up from the Le Vang POL point on Easter Sunday, 1972.

Welcome to the Guestbook Blog for “The Last Seven Days,” an article I wrote years ago following my return from Vietnam.  If you’ve read the previous posting of this article on the old Geocities web site, you’ll note that I’ve added to the original account a prologue, a postscript and some pictures provided by fellow 407th Radio Research Detachment Veterans.  I believe this will help place things in context for you.  If you’d like to download the article as a pdf, click on this link and select “save” (or “save as,” depending on your web browser).

To leave a comment in the guestbook blog – and I really do want to hear from you – scroll down through the existing comments and fill out the comment form (Name, email address and your comment), then click on the “Submit Comment” button.  Only your name and comment will be visible once the comment is accepted – I’m the only one who will see your email address, unless, of course, you put it in your comment!

If you’d like to contact me outside of the blog, please email me directly.

If you want to know something about the author, check out “A Bit About Me.”  I’ve also set up a page on which I occasionally add information concerning the Easter Offensive of 1972 – “Additional Information,” and a MACV Team 155 member has provided me with an account of the days covered by “The Last Seven Days” from his perspective.  You can read Major Robert Well’s recollections on the “MACV Team 155 Story” page.

Over the years I’ve subscribed to press releases from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), I thought that visitors to this site would be interested in the successful recovery efforts of that organization, so, I’m beginning to post those press releases on my “Returned Home” page.  JPAC has a very informative and interesting web site – well worth the visit.  I also recommend that you visit the Department of Defense’s POW/Missing Persons Office web site.  They’ve added a new feature highlighting the “recently accounted for” from Vietnam, Korea, World War II and other conflicts.

Thanks for visiting, and I look forward to reading your comments.

Thank a Veteran’s family for their sacrifices in supporting their Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine!

G. Duane Whitman

148 Responses to Home

  1. Rodney Maxson says:

    Wow! Thank you for sharing this part of your life. Amazing 7 days! Can’t begin to imagine living those days.
    Thank you and your fellow soldiers for your commitment to our country.
    Thank you Dorcas for sharing this on Facebook.
    Rod – long time family friend
    Friend of the late, ever joking, Pastor George and Jean Whitman.


  2. Shirley Hooton says:

    Thank you for your story, I never knew the facts on Gary’s last day so Thank you


  3. Greg Banicki says:

    Wow! What story!! I recently came across this website. I served with the 509th RR Group at Davis Station from March until December 72. i was a Viet linguist who did not get sent out to another unit in the field, No one was. All troops were coming back in during this time period. The author lived through something we lived in fear of happening all through this time period. Always on guard. Always worried about when the shit would hit the fan with the NVA and the ARVN.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Gary Huber says:

    99th Annual Reunion of the 5th Infantry Division, 05 SEP 2019 – 09 SEP 2019, Crowne Plaza San Diego, Mission Valley, CA. For additional details please see If you or a family member ever wore the Red Diamond of the 5th Infantry Division, we want you to join us.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s