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Long Lost Helmet Being Returned To Vietnam Veteran

By: Don Ward
By: Don Ward

Retired Colonel James Randall says he didn't think he was going to make it home after he was shot down over North Vietnam.

That was in October of 1965, during the Vietnam War. He says after ejecting from his F-105, he parachuted to the edge of the jungle. He was hiding, but could see the enemy picking through his gear.

One of the things they took was a helmet. Now, decades later, Randall is about to get it back.

A Frenchman found it in a flea market in Cambodia. After meeting American Gary Gregg, they set out to contact Randall, whose name was in the helmet.

He is gong to a convention celebrating the Tuskegee Airmen in St Louis next month. His helmet will be presented to him then.

Colonel Randall retired in Colorado Springs in 1980.


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