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,” (the website is currently not available) 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 Last Seven Daysas 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

168 Responses to Home

  1. John Roche says:

    I see Gary and his dog’s photo is prominent to be remembered by those of us that were safely home when Con Thien was savagely hit . He was the 98G2LVN who replaced me. I was in air to Danang for my scheduled flight stateside while he was enroute to QuangTri. He was 8 weeks behind me in at the Presidio and Goodfellow for AIT and was an easygoing guy with a rosy outlook on life. I have long felt bad that I DEROSed 3 weeks short of my expected year tour of duty (for no explained reason, just a secure commo to get ready ) and Gary died in my stead.

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  2. From Retired CW-4 Henry Hickey
    As i sit here today on Memorial Day. I think of all the brave soldiers who were with me during the last seven days of the 407th rrd. It was indeed a honor to serve with such soldiers who were of the highest caliber.


  3. Gordon Morton Tm155 says:

    Am seeking a little help….. I had found, online, several years ago article from Airman’s Magazine which was a transcript of the radio traffic in the Jolly Greens that pulled us out of the Citadel.
    Last week I changed phones and that article got lost in cyberspace, didn’t make it to my new phone.
    If one of you have that and can send it to me…. I love you long time, G.I.


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