Post by skygunner68 on Nov 30, 2015 14:28:13 GMT -5
A fellow gunners helicopter was shot down in a hot LZ. He and his crew chief kept firing their M-60's, killing the enemy in the LZ. Luckily the pilots were able to land on the skids, allowing the crew to get the pilots out. For landing on the skids instead of crashing and burning, the pilots were awarded the DFC. For staying at their guns and clearing the enemy out of the LZ, while receiving heavy fire, the crew were awarded nothing. Can anyone explain this travesty?
Post by skygunner1968 on Mar 30, 2016 14:00:02 GMT -5
That is one of the old 'class system'. We copied it from the aristocratic British after we kicked them to the curb. The new Americans were still enamored with the ' my class is higher than yours so just stay down while we remnants of the Old British Aristocratic Betters will reward ourselves'. Unfortunately, our present day rules & regs adhere to the officers are in a higher class and we have a certificate that confirms we are gentlemen, while you unwashed enlisted are beneath us and need to remember your place. Anyway, that's the best analogy I can come up with. I totally agree the unfairness of a system that rewards officers more than the action merited, while using the , ' Yewww, dirty enlisted just went with their betters because, that's their station in life. Their lives are not as important as the officers. Sorry, but you'd be surprised at how many officers believe this crap! In actuality, the officers job( which some fail miserably doing) is to make the plans for our mission, then give the plans to their senior NCO's, the group of nasty, but necessary enlisted serf"s. One more fitting remark, then I'll get off my soapbox. If anyone doubts the veracity of my remarks, please refer to the slow disintegration of our military in the late '60's into all the '70's, because, due to circumstances you should read about, the officers actually started believing they were a better clas, knew more than any enlisted, actually didn't need their senior Sgt.'s and the officers moved into territory where they didn't belong. This caused the huge loss of senior Sgts. And the Army became a mob, instead of disciplined soldiers. That's the short answer, hope it helps.