The Hairy Navy at its best; a nation at its best - even when it didn't want to hear it or believe it.
I highly encourage everyone to read the full story of the USS KIRK (then DE-1087 then FF-1087) during the fall of South Vietnam in '75.
"We looked up out on the horizon, and pretty soon all you could see were helicopters. And they came in and it was incredible. I don't think I'll ever see anything like it again," said Doyle, now retired and living in Rhode Island.Go here as well and see the video. These are the true Vietnam Veterans - not the cr@p fed to you by school books and Hollywierd. "Global Force For Good," something new? Child please; when has the USN not been a global force for good?
The South Vietnamese military helicopters were packed with people — pilots and their family and friends. And now, as some of the choppers were precariously low on fuel, the pilots were looking for a place to land. Dozens of UH-1 Huey helicopters flew past the Kirk heading for the larger aircraft carriers. The Kirk had only a small flight deck.
The 93rd Congress may have brought great shame on the USA - but in their way, the crew of the USS KIRK and ships like her gained a little back - and with this brought to our shores a great cohort of new Americans.