Corky Dyer (RIP)

Written by: Tony Dorff

Because it’s the Veteran’s day weekend and I’ve seen the message regarding Corky Dyer’s death, I thought that I might fill you in on how that happened. 

Corky and I were not buddies in high school and I next saw him in 1965 when we were both in the same class in Special Forces medic training. We became pretty tight there. 

In Viet-Nam, we shared similar duties, one of which involved riding a “chase ship”. If there were casualities on the ground, we were put in, regardless of the situation. 

Corky was in support of a recon team that had come under heavy fire and had wounded. The helicopter that Corky was on went down to put him in. Unfortunately, it was a trap. As the ship came in, it came under heavy fire and was hit. The pilot tried to roll out, but the ship rolled over and went into the ground nose first, killing everyone on board. The entire team on the ground was wiped out. 

Every year on the date of his death, I raise more than one to Corky. 

Tony

2 thoughts on “Corky Dyer (RIP)

  1. John March 11, 2020 / 5:08 pm

    Tony and Corky were Special Forces Medics in the Army and flew hot to super hot missions. The Movie that just came out”Last Full Measure” is a must for all of you Veterans. Not a dry eye in the house including mine!! John McElligott HM2 USN FMF HMM 361/363

    • Admin March 11, 2020 / 5:39 pm

      https://youtu.be/sTgsNE8XD1A

      During the Vietnam War, an Air Force Pararescueman named William Pitsenbarger saved the lives of 60 soldiers and, when offered the chance to evacuate on a helicopter, he stayed behind to defend the lives of his men. 34 years later, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

      Acquired by Roadside Attractions and starring Captain America’s Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, Ed Harris, Jeremy Irvine, and more, The Last Full Measure will recount Pitsenbarger’s heroism — and the survivors’ efforts to honor his memory.

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