Flying for the CIA’s Air America in South East Asia

In 1964, pilot Captain Hansen found himself unemployed. He began to send out feelers to several companies including one that had placed an ad in the Washington Post called Air America. When he was called in for an interview which primarily consisted of two questions – can you fly good and do you drink a … Read more

Vietnam War draftee to US Army Rangers

Bob Wallace joined the US Army in 1968 as a reluctant conscript.  He describes the draft process, and his attempts to avoid conscription. After basic training, Bob is assigned to a long-range reconnaissance unit and ambush unit in five or six-man teams in the Mekong delta. Bob served with Company E, 75th Rangers from 1968-1970 … Read more

Unforgotten in the Gulf of Tonkin

On November 18, 1965, U.S. Navy pilot Willie Sharp ejected from his F-8 fighter after being hit while positioned over a target in North Vietnam. With a cloud layer beneath him, he did not know if he was over land-where he would most certainly be captured or killed by the North Vietnamese or over the … Read more

Just another day in Vietnam

In this episode we talk with Col. Keith Nightingale who served in the US military from 1965 to 1993.  He completed two tours of Vietnam; the first as a Senior Advisor to a Vietnamese Ranger unit and the second as a rifle company commander in the 101st Airborne. Keith used the experience of his first … Read more

Don – Vietnam armoured cavalry platoon leader

This is the first of two episodes we have following Don Snedeker’s experiences through the Cold War.  In this episode, we hear about his time in Vietnam and the book he has written entitled “The Blackhorse in Vietnam: The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Vietnam and Cambodia, 1966–1972”. Don was born in Brooklyn New York but … Read more

28 – USAF pilot Buz Carpenter talks Vietnam recon, Skunkworks and more

  Welcome to Episode 28 of Cold war conversations in partnership with the Cold War Museum . Today we are talking further with USAF pilot Buz Carpenter. We talk about about flying reconnaissance over Vietnam, the Skunkworks where secret USAF projects were developed, his time commanding Ramstein airbase at the end of the Cold War … Read more