Southeast Asia - Vietnam
Vietnam and Southeast Asia
Some of the most inspiring stories originate from the conflict in Southeast Asia involved heroic deeds performed by Pararescuemen.
They risked their lives flying over hostile territory to find friendly forces needing aid.
Daily, Pararescuemen volunteered to ride a rescue hoist cable into the Vietnamese jungle to aid wounded infantrymen and injured pilots, whose aircraft had been shot down.
The Air Force awarded nineteen Air Force Crosses to enlisted personnel during the South East Asian conflict; ten of the nineteen were awarded to Pararescuemen.
Distinctive recognition came to Pararescuemen in early 1966, when General John P. McConnell, then Air Force Chief of Staff, approved the wearing of the maroon beret.
The beret symbolizes the blood sacrificed by Pararescuemen and their devotion to duty by aiding others in distress.
For Pararescuemen, living up to their motto “That Others May Live” is a daily reality.
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