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Upcoming Events at Start Skydiving
Contributed by Arianna Williams
- OSU/UC SKYDIVING 101: SEP. 26-27, OCT. 3
- DOLLAR WEDNESDAYS:
$18 slots every Wednesday for experienced jumpers.
World class big-way and Team Elite organizer Guy Wright will be organizing experienced jumpers for an upper level 8-16 way invitational camp. Please contact Arianna@startskydiving.com for more information and to register.
SALUTING OUR MILITARY: Lt. Col. Bruce P. Crandall
Retired Lt. Col. Crandall is a veteran Master Army Aviator in both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. He led over 900 combat missions during two tours in Vietnam.
Born in 1933, Crandall grew up in Olympia, Wash., where he played baseball and became a high school All American. He was drafted into the Army in 1953.
After commissioning and graduation from fixed-wing and helicopter training conducted by the Air Force and Army, he was assigned to a mapping group based out of the Presidio of San Francisco “that at the time was the largest flying military aviation unit in the world. ” From there he went to fly L-19 Birddogs and L-20 Beavers in Alaska, again for topographic studies.
Crandall’s first overseas flying assignment was to Wheelus AFB in Tripoli, Libya, mapping the desert for two years flying YU-1 Otter, L-20 Beaver, L-19 Birddog and H-23 Raven aircraft as an instructor pilot and unit test pilot.
His next overseas tours were flying over thousands of square miles of previously unmapped mountains and jungles in Central and South America. For this mission, he was based out of Howard AFB, Panama, and Costa Rica. While assigned to the 11th Air Assault Division, Crandall helped develop air-assault tactics as a platoon commander. In early 1965, he joined the Dominican Republic Expeditionary Force as a liaison to the 18th Airborne Corps.
Ancient Serpent 6
Emblem painted on Lt. Col. Crandall’s Huey
Later that year, he would command the 1st Cavalry Division’s Company A, 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion at An Khe, Vietnam. Using the call sign “Ancient Serpent 6,” he led a flying unit supporting eight battalions on the ground.
On Nov. 14, 1965, Crandall led the first major division operation of airmobile troops into Landing Zone X-Ray in Vietnam’s Ia Drang Valley and is credited with evacuating some 70 wounded comrades with his wing man and fellow Medal of Honor recipient MAJ Ed Freeman. The two also flew in the ammunition needed for the 1/7th CAV (Custer’s old battalion) to survive. The craft he was flying was unarmed.
In January 1966, during the first combined American and South Vietnamese Army operation, “Operation Masher,” Crandall, while under intense enemy fire and with only a spot flashlight beam to guide him , twice dropped his Huey helicopter through the dense jungle canopy to rescue 12 wounded Soldiers. For his courage in that incident Crandall received the Aviation & Space Writers Helicopter Heroism Award for 1966.
After an assignment in Colorado, he attended the Armed Forces Staff College. Soon he was back in Vietnam, this time flying Huey gunships – “a big improvement” — supporting the 1st Bn., 9th Cavalry Squadron, 1st CAV Div.
In January 1968, four months into his second tour, Crandall’s helicopter was downed during another rescue attempt – Air Force bombs going off too close to where he was flying. After five months in the hospital, with a broken back and other injuries, he resumed his career as a student earning a bootstrap degree through the University of Nebraska in 1969. In Bangkok, Thailand, he would become a Facility Engineer managing 3,800 people. He subsequently served as deputy chief of staff, deputy installation commander, and commander of the 5th Engineer Combat Bn., all at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
South America was supposed to be his next assignment, and he and Arlene attended the Defense Language Institute, Monterey, CA. as Spanish language students in preparation for an Aviation and Engineering advisor to Argentina – an assignment that never came. A stroke sidelined Crandall, ending his flying career. After his recovery, the Crandalls did find the language training useful when he was sent to Caracas, Venezuela, as the Defense Mapping Agency’s director for the Interamerican Geodetic Survey.
In his final Army assignment, he served as senior engineer advisor to the California Army National Guard.
News from Team Fastrax:
Dan landing at Richmond.MyAFibStory.com 400 @ Chicagoland Maj. Gen. Jeffrey N. Colt, Commanding General for First Army Division West, right, greets Dana Bowman. Team Fastrax at Chicagoland NASCARTeam Fastrax members are going wheels up for the New Albany Classic. New Albany, here we come!
Pocono Team. Corey Hood Memorial JumpWe made the cover of 90percent. Being the only team to perform at Independence Hall was a privilege. A special thanks to the U.S. National Park Service for helping us make Flag Day and the celebration of the Army’s birthday so special.Dana and Blue Lizard.Team Fastrax demonstrators performed at the All Ohio Balloon Fest.
Friday Night lightsMarine SSGT Curtis Long. Photo by Paola — with Phillip Volk and Curtis Long at Start Skydiving.Gold Star Dad, George Lutz and Jay Stokes after jumping into the Ohio Challenge Balloon Festival. Photo by Kyle — with Jay Stokes at Start Skydiving. Gold Star Mom, Chris Herwich. Photo by Mel — with Dan Paganini at Start Skydiving. Army SGT Jared Kriger (Ret). Photo by Paola — at Start Skydiving. Army SSG – Joel Tavera (Ret) – Honored Warrior Ambassador
(Purple Heart Recipient) Photo by Emily Air Force MAJ Kevin B. Lombardo. Photo by Mico — with Kevin Lombardo at Start Skydiving. Army Matthew Deatherage (Ret) Photo by Mico — at Start Skydiving.
Army SGT Matthew Pennington (Ret). Photo by Dan Paganini — with Tony Guess and Kyle Whittier at Start Skydiving. Dan Nevitt, Army SSG – Joel Tavera (Ret), Michael Fitzmaurice and Medal of Honor Recipient Army CSM Bennie G. Adkins (Ret). Photo by Mel — with Dan Nevitt and Joel Tavera at Start Skydiving. 93 year old WWII Red Robinson (Ret) prepares for a jump with Jay Stokes. Photo by Mico — with Jay Stokes at Start Skydiving. USAF Fighter Pilot, Col. Jim Ryan. Photo by Mel — with Kyle Whittier at Start Skydiving.
Air Force MAJ Scott Bullis (Ret). Photo by Mico — with Jay Stokes at Start Skydiving. Army SSG Shilo Harris (Ret) prepares for an AFF jump. Photo by Paola Pirani — with Shilo Harris at Start Skydiving. Army SPC Ken Doyle (Ret) – Honored Warrior Participant. Photo by Paola Pirani — with Ken Doyle II at Start Skydiving. WWII Navy, Wallace Cash and Family. Photo by Paola — at Start Skydiving. Army SPC Brent Hendrix (Ret). Photo by Emily — with Nate Varns at Start Skydiving.
Team FastraxJohn Hart, Dan Paganini and Hollis Collins in front of the El Paso Chihuahuas logo.
Team Fastrax Demonstrator Dan Paganini lands Old Glory at Southwest Park, home of the El Paso Chihuahuas. Thank you for allowing us to be part of the record crowd attendance game. See you at the Sun Bowl El Paso. Performance at Stanford University prior to the San Jose Eartquakes game against the LS Galaxy. Team Fastrax Demonstrator Jay Stokes lands Old Glory Auto Club Speedway
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