Harald Weldon had plenty of close calls as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot in Vietnam, but one night in particular stands out more than most.

“Some missions were a lot more intense than others,” said Weldon, who flew mostly UH-1 Hueys while logging 47 combat missions during his two tours from 1968-70. “Being in aviation was having extended periods of boredom punctuated by short periods of mass hysteria.

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