Len Gonerka

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L-R: Vern Von Sydow, Johnny Jones, Len and Ric Williams at "Farewell" ceremony. See Ric's comments below Len recuperating from leg wounds suffered on a CSAR mission while attached to HC-7

The army xfer shot is Vern Von Sydow, Gonerka, Jones and myself when we were supposed to transfer to the Army as Warrant Officers to fly Huey's due to their squadron's 50% casualty rate. Right before we were to leave, the program was canceled...guess I should be thankful for that! - Ric Williams

Len eventually transferred to HC-7 (TAD or PSC?) and participated in three successful combat rescues during May and June 1968. We assume he was wounded subsequent to his last documented rescue mission - the 4 June 1968 rescue of  Lt(jg) Williams A. Simmons of VF-33, an F-4J RIO. If you have further information please contact us.

Updated: 08/22/14