It was a high risk job. You volunteered to do it.
During a rescue attempt by helicopter, the chopper stayed no more than 11 seconds on the Landing Zone. Six, seven or eight seconds was average. The longer a helicopter was on the ground at an L. The worst of the worst were the night ambulance flights. About the only thing lit up that was visible were the green tracer bullets coming from the muzzles of enemy weapons pointed at them.
On June 1, Morris was the medic aboard an air ambulance on a rescue mission near Hue, the ancient capital of Vietnam. His Huey attempted to pick up a couple of wounded soldiers when all hell brook lose. At that moment a shell from a millimeter recoilless rifle was fired at us. It hit the ground right below our helicopter and caused it to break in two. When I realized he had not gotten out I went back and pulled him out. We were probably on the ground a couple of hours before two more helicopters flew in and rescued all of us.
Morris spent 14 months flying as a medic aboard a rescue helicopter in Vietnam. He served in the Army for a total of 19 months. Almost immediately he got a job working in a Canadian gold mine company a short distance from the Arctic Circle for six months. Then he took the G. Bill, returned to the USA and went to law school. By then he and Pamela, his wife, got married.
After graduation Morris passed the Florida Bar test and the couple moved to Venice in They have four grown children: Julie, Grayson, Andrew and Emily. They were common men in uncommon times. They were all volunteers who knew their chances of getting hurt were pretty high if they keep on doing what they were doing.
They were my heroes. Name : Geoffrey Morris D. B : 12 Aug Hometown : Manchester, Conn. Currently : Venice, Fla.
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