All morning the Army’s intermountain radio warned: “There’s enemy fire. It’s way too hot. You need to leave.”
Still, Maj. Charles Kelly continued into the highlands of northeast Vietnam on a medical evacuation mission in his UH-1 “Huey” helicopter, replying that he would leave only “when I have your wounded.”
A few seconds later – on July 1, 1964 – a bullet came through an open cargo door and pierced Kelly’s heart. Kelly’s crew survived but the commander died, despite the efforts of his men to start an IV.