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An amazing story from Vietnam, 43 years in the making

An amazing story from Vietnam, 43 years in the making

When I read this story in the Salem News, I could hardly believe it. Beyond words.

Man tracks down pilot who saved his life in Vietnam

BEVERLY — Rick Lindsey was lying on the ground, blood pouring out of the severed femoral artery in his right thigh, his femur bone shattered, when he saw a beautiful sight.

It was a U.S. Marine Corps Sikorsky UH-34D medical evacuation helicopter, swooping in to Hill 55 in Vietnam amid intense fire, its machine guns firing back.

"It was about 100 meters away, and I'm thinking, 'Boy, I'd sure like to be on that,'" Lindsey said.

Lindsey, with the help of a cooperative Viet Cong soldier he had captured that morning, made it to the helicopter, as did two other injured Marines. As the helicopter roared away from the chaos below, Lindsay waved goodbye to the Viet Cong prisoner, whose finger Lindsay had shot off that morning. The POW waved back with his bandaged hand.

The Marines were flown to a hospital in Da Nang. All three survived. And Lindsay, who