• Short Summary

    A LITTLE MORE THAN A YEAR AGO, COLONEL MICHAEL YUNCK WAS IN COMMAND OF A HELICOPTER DIRECTING ARTILLERY FIRE AND AIR STRIKES IN SOUTH VIETNAM.

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    HELICOPTER LANDS; COLONEL YUNCK ON STRETCHER TO HOSPITAL; YUNCK SPEAKS DURING OPERATION (SOF); IN ARIZONA, YUNCK COMMENTS AND FLIES AIRCRAFT (NATURAL SOUND).



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    SURGEON: "I'M GOING TO DO ALL I CAN TO SAVE THAT LEG."



    YUNCK: "I KNOW, I KNOW THERE'S NOT MUCH LEFT, BECAUSE I WAS CARRYING THAT DAMNED THING IN MY HANDS ALL THE WAY BACK, I WAS AFRAID THE WHOLE THING WAS GOING TO COME OFF. I SAID HELL THEY CAN'T BE RIGHT AROUND IN HERE SO I DIDN'T CALL BOMBS AND NAPALM ON THESE PEOPLE, BUT THAT'S WHERE THEY WERE. I'M SURE NOW THAT THAT'S WHERE THEY WERE...I JUST COULDN'T DO IT...."



    YUNCK: "IT WASN'T NEAR AS HARD AS I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE. OF COURSE, I WAS ALWAYS LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING BACK TO DUTY AND FLYING AGAIN. I HAD THAT TO LOOK FORWARD TO AND THAT HELPED A LOT."




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    Background: A LITTLE MORE THAN A YEAR AGO, COLONEL MICHAEL YUNCK WAS IN COMMAND OF A HELICOPTER DIRECTING ARTILLERY FIRE AND AIR STRIKES IN SOUTH VIETNAM. DURING ONE OPERATION, HE REALISED WOMEN AND CHILDREN WERE IN ONE VILLAGE UNDER ATTACK, AND HE REFUSED TO ORDER NAPALM ON THE VILLAGE.

    COLONEL YUNCK'S HELICOPTER WAS SHOT AT AND HE WAS WOUNDED IN THE LEG. LATER IN A FIELD OPERATING THEATRE, SURGEONS THOUGHT AT FIRST HIS LEG MUST BE AMPUTATED BUT THEY MANAGED TO SAVE ALL BUT HIS FOOT.

    ON WEDNESDAY (JANUARY 18) COLONEL YUNCK WENT UP IN AN AIRCRAFT FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE HIS OPERATION, COMPLETELY REHABILITATED.

    IN THE FIELD THEATRE, COLONEL YUNCK, UNDER A LOCAL ANAESTHETIC, SPOKE TO NEWSMEN DURING THE OPERATION:
    ON WEDNESDAY, COLONEL YUNCK SPOKE AGAIN TO NEWSMEN BEFORE STEPPING INTO AN AIRCRAFT AND FLYING FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE OPERATION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5IOC7MWMVVREYI04YNXOL6N31
    Media URN:
    VLVA5IOC7MWMVVREYI04YNXOL6N31
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/01/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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