Ford, USA, "flew over one thousand missions in Vietnam. After the first six
weeks, he became an aircraft commander and took over the command of a helicopter
detachment at Hue, forty miles from the DMZ---the farthest northern helicopter
unit in Vietnam. His tour included the beginning of the siege of Khe Sahn and
the Tet Offensive in February 1968 when he and his men manned the perimeter for
a three-day and three-night ground attack.
Ford made his commitment to flying helicopters when he was still in college at
the University of Oklahoma. He completed ROTC training and received a commission
in the US Army in 1966. He volunteered for army helicopter flight school and
within one year was flying combat in Vietnam. When he completed his tour in
Vietnam, he became an instructor pilot at Fort Wolters, Texas. Following his
discharge in 1969, he moved to Okeene, Oklahoma, to head the Okeene division of
the family flour milling business, which he still actively manages." Bob Ford
is the author of Black Cat 2-1: The True Story of a Vietnam Helicopter
Pilot and His Crew.