In the United States the Coast Guard is a fully paid up branch of the military. Its men and women have served with valour in many conflicts and I’m going to tell you about one such event, the rescue of Misty 11.


The badge of the US Coast Guard


An F100 Fast FAC Misty crew


An OV10 Bronco


Spads escorting a Jolly Green Giant


The jungle penetrator.


Landing in difficult terrain


500 saves


The approach into the valley


The rescue


Technical Sergeant Donald G. Smith


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