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  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 10/22/17 - by Dennis Wriston
    Specialist Five Randall Gordon Jacob, Served with the 196th Assault Support Helicopter Company, 223rd Aviation Battalion, 17th Aviation Group, 1st Aviation Brigade, United States Army Vietnam.
  • Randall "Jake" Jacob

    Posted on 3/13/15 - by Bob Schwein
    Jake was one of my best friends in the 196/610th Transportation Detachment. He took over my Flight Engineer job on Chinook 66-00122 after I was promoted to Tech Inspector. We went through all the Army Aviation schools together & deployed to VN on the USS Croaton with our 13 new Chinooks to Lane Field An Son, VN. I was sent out to evaluate the hook after the attack & bring her back to Lane Field. We had a nice service for Jake in our stone chapel the following weekend. Jake was the only casualty our unit had while I was in VN.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 8/19/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP5 Randall Gordon Jacob, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • Medal of Honor citation regarding U.S. Army helicopter CH-47A tail number 66-00122 rescue mission

    Posted on 6/14/13 - by

    MAJ Stephen Wesley Pless, USMC (September 6, 1939–July 20, 1969) was a major in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He earned the Medal of Honor as a UH-1 Iroquois 'Huey' helicopter pilot for rescuing soldiers trapped by heavy enemy fire. His actions were related to the incident involving U.S. Army helicopter CH-47A tail number 66-00122 in which SP5 Randall G. Jacob was the flight engineer. MAJ Pless’ citation reads as follow: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a helicopter gunship pilot attached to Marine Observation Squadron 6 in action against enemy forces. During an escort mission MAJ Pless monitored an emergency call that 4 American soldiers stranded on a nearby beach were being overwhelmed by a large Viet Cong force. Maj. Pless flew to the scene and found 30 to 50 enemy soldiers in the open. Some of the enemy were bayoneting and beating the downed Americans. MAJ Pless displayed exceptional airmanship as he launched a devastating attack against the enemy force, killing or wounding many of the enemy and driving the remainder back into a treeline. His rocket and machinegun attacks were made at such low levels that the aircraft flew through debris created by explosions from its rockets. Seeing one of the wounded soldiers gesture for assistance, he maneuvered his helicopter into a position between the wounded men and the enemy, providing a shield which permitted his crew to retrieve the wounded. During the rescue the enemy directed intense fire at the helicopter and rushed the aircraft again and again, closing to within a few feet before being beaten back. When the wounded men were aboard, MAJ Pless maneuvered the helicopter out to sea. Before it became safely airborne, the overloaded aircraft settled 4 times into the water. Displaying superb airmanship, he finally got the helicopter aloft. Major Pless' extraordinary heroism coupled with his outstanding flying skill prevented the annihilation of the tiny force. His courageous actions reflect great credit upon himself and uphold the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service. (Image above: President Johnson congratulates Medal of Honor recipients at the White House on January 16, 1969. Lt. Col. Joe M. Jackson (on Johnson's left) and Major Stephen W. Pless (on Johnson's right) were both natives of the same small town of Newnan, Georgia and were both being honored for air rescues in Vietnam.) [Taken from and]

  • Final Mission of SP5 Randall G. Jacob

    Posted on 6/14/13 - by

    On August 19, 1967, SP5 Randall G. Jacob was the flight engineer on U.S. Army helicopter CH-47A tail number 66-00122 when the aircraft was hit by hostile fire and landed. SP5 Jacob was setting up a defense perimeter when he was killed by automatic weapons fire. [Taken from]

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