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“In the North, I knew I would survive. In the South, we often wanted to die.” (Memoir, page 5)

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   Floyd Harold Kushner
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Floyd Kushner [detail from video]
War: Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Branch: Army
Unit: 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile)
Service Location: Hawaii; LZ Two Bits, Vietnam; Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Peru; Fort Rucker, Alabama; Pensacola, Florida
Rank: Colonel
POW: Yes
Place of Birth: HI
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Army Colonel Floyd Harold Kushner had been flying combat missions in Vietnam for three months when his helicopter crashed into enemy territory on November 30, 1967. He spent the next five and a half years in captivity. Much of this he endured in a series of rudimentary prisoner of war camps in South Vietnam. In addition to beatings and malnutrition, he also dealt with the frustration of not being able to practice medicine; although he had the medical know-how to treat his fellow prisoners, he was not allowed to help them. In 1971, he was forced to march 900 kilometers north to Hanoi, where he was imprisoned for the remainder of the war.

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Night flight to Chu Lai; terrible weather on return flight from Chu Lai; encountered bad storm; radar cut off; crash. (03:35) Conditions immediately following crash; couldn’t see anything but fire; unbuckled seat belt and fell out of seat; couldn’t move left arm; broken teeth; one crew member dead, one with broken leg, one unconscious. (03:16) Going alone down mountain; encounters farmer, who calls VC; shot and captured; marched at night for thirty days; both cruel and kind treatment; in very bad shape; maggots in wound; medic treats wounds. (05:19)
Transfer to North; forced to march for 57 days for 900 kilometers; got better rations during march; put on train; transfer to new camp. (04:28)  
  
 
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