The YT-5 Randy Little Ditching off the Valley Forge 68
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Wow! I remember when Randy and Captain Litler were killed. If I remember correctly, they got hit with an RPG and it dropped on some of the team they were trying to evac out. The both were short timers. -Submitted by: Andrew (Andy) Young [firstname.lastname@example.org] 2009-10-22
I served on the USS Valley Forge LPH 8 when this helo ditched. I watched from the hanger bay. It looks to me like that it is YT 9 not YT 5. Look closely at the number between the crew chiefs door and the 50 cal. port. That is the #9 -Submitted by: Walter Paul Fortune EM2 [email@example.com] 2008-12-26
Randy and I were close friends and when he got killed it really affected me significantly. When I visited the wall, I looked him up and sat in reflection, and recalled some great moments we went through together. He and Chuck, (the guy who took these pictures) were two people at HMM 164 who made me welcome to Phu Bai in january 1968. Chuck took a lot of pictures of me, that I still have somewhere. I remember Chuck (the original man with a camera), when I saw his picture somewhere in these archieves I was amazed how much he looks the same. He was standing with Nylander who I rember as well, but these pictures are really bringing up some great (and poinent) memories. Thanks to you all. Thanks to Randy for being such a great friend, sorry I miss you still. -Submitted by: Dennis A Craycraft [firstname.lastname@example.org] 2006-05-24