Published at the insistence of Gene "Papa Fox"
Brady, Dave "Maker of Heroes" McSorley,
Joseph P. "Private Investigator/Legal Beagle" Donovan and Gail "Foxy Lady" Gulledge.
The events unfold during a trip to attend a memorial service for four Purple Foxes killed in Iraq.
COMCIVPACLANTCONUS takes extreme pleasure in presenting the
DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS
MAJOR "UNCLE FRANK" GULLEDGE
for service as set forth in the following
"For heroism and extraordinary
achievement in aerial flight while serving with MARINE MEDIUM HELICOPTER
SQUADRON, CIVILIAN ARM in connection with humanitarian operations
against the enemy, Gravity, in New Mexico. On 28 May 2003,
Uncle Frank launched as Pilot of a Piper Warrior on a mission, (Disguised
as an extended cross country flight experience for his
fledgling co-pilot, (Chase Cardin), to perform
high altitude mountain flying.
"PAPA FOX" EUGENE R. BRADY
Chase Cardin's undaunted calmness during the incident were in keeping with the traits of all good co-pilots. He steadfastly monitored the gauges, tuned the communication and navigation radios, assisted in going through the trouble shooting procedures for a failing engine and was constantly referring to the map to determine the least dangerous landing spots (there weren't many) should we not have made it to the Black Rock Airport.
Both Ernesto "Gooie" Gomez and Chuck Harrell seriously admonished Uncle Frank. They both said if he had a good crew chief on board it wouldn't have happened. Possibly correct, they are both excellent crew chiefs.
How did we and the airplane get back to Kentucky? Well, that's another long story.
These were the two culprits.
Information provided by:
Chase "Valiant Co-pilot" Cardin
Dave "Hero Maker" McSorley
Joseph P. "Private Investigator/Legal Beagle" Donovan
Eugene R. "Papa Fox" Brady
Gail "Foxy Lady" Gulledge
Maj Gulledge's History Index
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