Remembering a fellow Polecat
John Steven Anderson
Helicopter Pilot, CW2, US Army
February 24, 1950 to November 4, 1969
On the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, panel 16W,
The photograph of John at the helicopter was
taken on graduation day
from Army Warrant Officer Rotary Wing Aviator Course, Fort
in June of 1969. The other picture was taken a few days later.
weeks John was in Vietnam, piloting a Huey helicopter like the
one he stood
next to in the photo.
John flew the UH-1H Huey slick with the 192nd Assault
Company, First Aviation Brigade, from Phan Thiet in Binh
The company radio call sign was Polecat.
John, Captain Al Castro, two crewmen, and
three passengers crashed
in bad weather in Zuc Me pass near Da Lat. They were missing
in action until the wreckage was found almost three years later.
Nita Weaver, email@example.com wore
a POW/MIA bracelet with John's name on it for several years.
Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds -- and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of -- wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long, delirious burning blue,
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew.
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untresspassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
John G. McGee
The data base page
for John Anderson.
Vietnam Helicopter Flight Crew
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