Song Is "He Ain't Heavy" By The Hollies
Our helicopter pilot heard the call for help for a resque squad, pinned down by the NVA and decided we
would try to get the wounded out. One helicopter had already been shot down trying to get in the LZ. We of
the LZ and were able to land. As soon as we landed the wounded began being brought to our ship. We
loaded six men and were running out of room quickly. Connie was still on the ground and told the men
attending him if we left him there, he would die. He had already been passed over twice and was near
death. We got all seven men on board and lifted off to go to the nearest MASH unit.
Often I would think about those men and especially the one wounded nine times and I wondered if he
made it and how many of the others made it. I didn't know any of their names or where they were from
but I knew they were with the 5/7 Cav. One night I got an idea to see if the 5/7 had a web site and sure
enough they did. I posted a message about that night and about the guy shot nine times. Within a week I
began getting responses to my inquiry. They wanted to know more about me and what I knew about that
night. They were being careful because there are so many "WANNABES" and they had to make sure I was
on the level. I had an ace in the hole that only someone there would know. Their Batallion Commander
had also been wounded and lodaed on my ship. His leg had been blown off below the knee. When I told
them this, they knew I was who I was saying I was. They wrote to Connie Mack and told him about me.
Soon after I got an e-mail from Connie's wife saying they were the ones I was looking for and they had
been wondering about me too all these years. When I was contacted by the Shadow Of The Blade
producers, I told them I would be interested in participating if they could put myself and Connie together.
They (the producers) got very excited about my story and said this was exactly what they were trying to
convey by reuniting Vietnam vets and families and friends with a Huey flying across America. Huey 091
was loaned to the casting crew and flown by the owners who themselves were Vietnam veteran pilots. They
flew 10,000 miles across America and recorded over 200 hours of video. It has been condensed to 100
minutes and was recently shown at the Houston Worldfest Film Festival where it took A gold medal and
won a trophy similar to an Oscar for best picture out of over 400 entries. I am proud to have been involved
with the Shadow project, but am most excited about mine and Connie's reunion after 35 years of questions.
Connie and I talk on the phone about twice a month and plan on getting together again either here or at
his home in Illinois. I urge all vets who have been wondering what happened to someone to try whatever
means it takes to get an answer to your questions. It worth every minute of it. By the way, all seven men
survived, thanks to the time that was saved by using the Huey Helicopter to extract the wounded.

It Is With Great Sadness That Connie Mack Pearson Passed Away 24 November 2012
Escorted By Apache AH-64
Being Interviewed By The Producers
Fly By
Coming In For Landing.  My Heart's In My Throat
Almost Down
Flying Low Waving
Our First Meeting Since 1967
Connie Pearson Facing Me
Connie And Sue Answering Questions
Taking Connie To Meet People Who Came To Came To See Our Reunion
Our Family Back Then
Our Pastor Praying For The Great Reunion And Us
The Next Morning My Family Got To Fly In The Huey
 Thats My Wife In The Pilot Seat
We Had A Big Party That Night At Our House
BBQ, Beer, And Someone Brought Some Real White Lightening
One Of The Owner Producers Of The Video (Center)
       Visiting With Two Of The Pilots
My Kids, Center, Left, And My Son In Law
All Set For Lift Off
Up, Up, And Away

             It Was Awesome!