Howard Zinn made many statements that ring true of the past and, seemed to foretell the future. One thing he said rings true and has since the beginning of time: " I suppose the most revolutionary act one can engage in is….to tell the truth …"
Forgotten by many, unknown to the majority…Ghosts of the Sky. The men of the USAF 56th Special Operations Wing. Among them, the 56 SPS, highly trained members sent on what would be their final mission. They made the ultimate sacrifice in a CH53 helicopter 21 SOS helo "call sign" knife 1-3, May 13, 1975.
The 18 specially trained dash 1 SP's were originally briefed to be tasked with the rescue mission of the American Cargo ship SS Mayaguez.; hidden in the name of "Foreign relations" and carrying a secret cargo. Details of the ships origins, its contents on board, accounting of total casualties and American service members left behind remained shrouded in political secrecy.
Inaccurate service records and inconsistent details involving the crash of "knife 1-3" raise doubt as to the results of the crash investigation. A new investigation into the cause of the crash and the production of an official USAF Collateral Crash Report never released and in stark contrast to other Federal records must be initiated.
Declassified documentation has also revealed a very different side to what President Ford who deemed the mission a 'SUCCESS" after the last Marine exited Koh Tang Island.
But the last marine did not leave that island. Three young Marines watched the US Helos disappear from sight as they were left to fare for their own on the island. T
Additional questions now have surfaced to the fate of the 23 military members deemed immediately KIA on K1-3, 18 Air Force Security Police and 5 USAF Crew members. Official communications listed possible survivors in a highly hostile area near the Thai/Laotian border. One has to earnestly ask if 23 lives were lost whether to death or capture all in the name of patriotism to secure protection of government assets, some of which were both hidden and from US Citizens and possibly even violating federal and international law.
The Knife 1-3/Mayaguez incident ripped away lives but also paved the way for the creation of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), which provides a curtain of black for all operations and funding attached to it.
"~Human beings are not machines, and however powerful the pressure to conform, they sometimes are so moved by what they see as injustice that they dare to declare independence. In that history possibility lies hope. " H Zinn
1/Lt James G KAYS, FR, (pilot)
1/Lt.,_Laurence FROEHLICH, FR, (copilot)
TSgt Jackie ll. GLENN, FR, (passenger)
SSgt Gerald A. COYLE, FR, (passenger)
SSgt Faleagafulu ILAOA, FR, (passenger)
SSgt George E. McMULLEN, III, FR, (flight mechanic)
Sgt Jimmy P. BLACK, FR, (passenger)
Sgt Bobby G. COLLUMS, FR., (passenger)
Sgt Thomas D. DWYER, FR, (passenger)
Sgt Bob W. FORD, FR, (passenger)
Sgt Gerald W. FRITZ, FR, (passenger)
Sgt Darrell L. HAMLIN, FR, (passenger)
Sgt Gregory L. HANKAMER, FR, (passenger)
Sgt David A. HIGGS, FR, (passenger)
Sgt Michael D. LANE, FR, (passenger)
Sgt William R. McKELVEY, FR, (passenger)
Sgt Paul J. RABER, FR, (crew chief)
Sgt Robert W. ROSS, FR, (passenger)
A1C Dennis W. LONDON, FR, (passenger)
A1C Robert P. MATHIAS, FR, (passenger)
A1C Tommy R. NEALIS, FR, (passenger)
A1C Robert P. WELDON, FR, (flight mechanic)
Amn Edgar G. MORAN, II, FR, (passenger)