31 August 1966 Rescue

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Lcdr Tom Tucker is rescued from deep within Haiphong Harbor by Cdr Bob Vermilya, Ens Bill Runyon, AWC Tom Grisham and ADR2 Jerry Dunford. PH2 Mike, a combat photographer assigned to the 7th Fleet was aboard the SAR helo and took the following dramatic photos of the rescue. The photo of Lcdr Tucker coming up the hoist has been used in numerous publications and is one of the most well-known photos of the Viet Nam War.

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Lcdr Tucker, USN, arriving! Tom Tucker safely aboard the SAR helo encourages the crew to return fire as they depart Haiphong Harbor

Updated: 04/07/09