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05-07-10, 03:00 PM #1
CCSO HONORS VIET VET SGT. JAMES ALLEY; CHOPPER ESCORT FLEW IN VIETNAM
With all that happened in California and the students wearing American Flag clothing, this puts it all in perspective if you ask me. We shut down every intersection through our county to allow this escort take the sergeant to his final resting place. This Air Force sergeant was part of the "BAT 21" rescue mission and was killed in action while serving on one of the rescue aircraft. His remains were recently recovered in Vietnam and he is now on his way home, finally. RIP sergeant Alley. This is a partial copy of the e-mail/press release that was just sent out.
Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Cameron, along with other members of CCSO, was on hand just before 1 p.m. this afternoon to salute and welcome the remains of Sgt. James Alley. He was killed in combat while rescuing downed/lost pilots during the Vietnam War. Sgt. Alley’s remains were recently discovered in South Vietnam.
The mile long procession started in Ft. Myers and family members were escorted by Lee and DeSoto County sheriff’s deputies on I-75 to Exit-164 (U.S. 17), along with 100 Vietnam Vets on motorcycles. The procession passed through Charlotte County en route to Arcadia where he will be laid to rest. The CCSO Aviation Unit helicopter flew above the mile-long escort from the Lee/Charlotte County line and to the DeSoto County line and CCSO deputies provided traffic control in Charlotte County.
It is ironic and fitting that the escort, a CCSO UH1-H (Huey) helicopter, saw action in Vietnam in 1967 and 68. It had been shot down once and the patches can still be seen where the five bullets struck the chopper. It was assigned to the U.S. Army B Company 101st Aviation Battalion in Vietnam. CCSO Aviation restored this military aircraft and it remains flying today for the Sheriff’s Office.Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you, Jesus Christ and the American G.I.
One died for your soul, the other for your freedom. ~ Anon
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RIP Scott L. Roth- Pfc 1st Platoon,401st MP Co, KIA 12/20/89- Operation Just Cause- Not forgotten.
05-07-10, 05:10 PM #2
May he rest in peace.
05-07-10, 10:55 PM #3
Welcome home , Sergeant Alley. Rest in well deserved peace. Thank you for your gallant service and selfless sacrifice.SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
"It's a great life. You risk your skin catching killers and the juries turn them loose so they can come back and shoot at you again. If your honest , your poor your whole life. And , In the end , you wind up dying all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothing. For a tin star."
Far from being a handicap to command, compassion is the measure of it. For unless one values the lives of his soldiers and is tormented by their ordeals , he is unfit to command.
-General Omar Bradley, United States Army
05-07-10, 11:53 PM #4
RIP Sir...fellow Zoomie Sgt....
Nice call for CCSO...
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