Story Corps

Robert Sones and Amanda Wood

As a helicopter pilot in Viet Nam, Robert Sones faced death many times. He was one of the fortunate ones. He came home. In his StoryCorps interview, Robert shares with his daughter Amanda, emotional and white-knuckle details about a rescue mission in the jungles of Southeast Asia.

The life expectancy of helicopter pilots in Viet Nam was not good. It truly was one of the most dangerous combat specialties in all of Southeast Asia. Every time they took flight, it was a mission into harms way and in many cases was their last flight ending in tragedy. For those who survived, the memories and images of those near-death experiences remain vivid today. In his StoryCorps interview, Robert Sones shares stories about some of his hair-raising rescue missions and he reflects on how those experiences shaped his life. Robert talks about how his decision to join the Army was influenced by his father who served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. The circle completed when Robert’s son Greg joined the Army after high school….a decision influenced by an unintended family tradition of military service.

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