Thought I'd share this pic. It's from a Dutch newspaper. Spotted it yesterday. It shows Bruce P. Crandall in front of an Dutch Apache helicopter at airbase Gilze Rijen, Holland.
Crandall was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam. For his action at La Drang in november 1965 he received the Medal of Honor. (I believe it was the movie " we where soldiers" that shows the battle).
The other man is Frits Den Ouden (97 years of age atm). He flew missions with the Glenn Martin B-10 bomber in the Dutch East Indies against the Japanese back in 1941/42.
He was send to Australie before the surrender and later flew B-25 missions.
Awesome. The Apache has capabilities Crandall couldn't even dream about at the time, yet the machine can't match the heart and courage Mr. Crandall displayed. A bid =Salute= to both men for their service.
Just today I read in an article that Den Ouden passed away on July 31st, 98 years old. RIP
He was one of the few bearers of the MWO medal. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_William_Order
Flew Glenn Martin B-10 missions against the Japanese from Borneo and Java early 1942.
After that he helped to train pupils at the Royal Netherlands Military Flying-School (Jackson- Mississippi).
In 1944 he went to Australia (18 Sqn) and flew B-25 mission to New Guinea and Timor.