45 years ago this week I was in the POW camp run by the Air Force, it was an Eye Opener.
When I selected the F-4 aircraft as my choice to fly, I knew that I had selected SEA as an assignment. The F-4 was the workhorse fighter of the Vietnam War and virtually ensured that I would find myself in combat soon. To prepare for combat, I arrived at Fairchild AFB near Spokane, Washington for two weeks of basic survival training. The training taught the basic skills of how to deal with bailing out over a wilderness area, but since the U.S. was in the middle of a major air war in Vietnam, it also included a mock POW camp to prepare aircrew members for the possibility of capture.
The Training was officially called — SERE – Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape. Survival and Evasion and Escape were taught in the wilds of Washington State. You were taken to the field and trekked for several days while trying to evade…
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