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Gary Price - Gulf War

Gary Price joined the Marine Corps in 1971. By early 1974, after an extensive series of schools, he had completed flight training and had become a helicopter pilot. In 1974 Lt Price was stationed in Okinawa, assigned to HMM 165, (a Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron) equipped with CH-46 helicopters. In early 1975 his squadron was ordered to support the evacuation of U.S. personnel from South Vietnam. He sailed to the South China Sea on the USS Dubuque, an amphibious transport dock, which accompanied the USS Essex. Price talks extensively about the evacuation operation.

Interview Links

Feature Excerpt

Vietnamese Refugees

Abstract

Intervie Session 01 (Audio)

Initial aviator training, and evacuation of Saigon

Related Materials

See also Colonel Price's entire interview in the Veterans Remember-Gulf War collection.


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Gary Price as he leaves the squad bay for a little fun in the field during Marine Corps Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia in 1971.

Where:

Quantico, Virginia

When:

1971

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Narrator’s photo

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Lieutenant Price proudly displaying his solo certificate that he received at Saufley Field, Florida in 1972 while in Primary Flight School. He trained on T 34 trainer.

Where:

Saufley Field, Florida

When:

1972

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Narrator’s photo

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Lt. Gary Price’s wife, Susie, pins on his wings after completing flight training at the Naval Air Station in Whiting Field, Florida in November, 1972.

Where:

Whiting Field, Florida

When:

November, 1972

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Narrator’s photo

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Lt. Price’s first solo flight in a T-28 at Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Milton, Florida, circa June, 1972.

Where:

Whiting Field in Milton, Florida

When:

Circa June, 1972

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Narrator’s photo

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Gary Price is at the controls of a H-1 Huey helicopter as it makes a turn for the approach during carrier qualification in 1972. Carrier training was also conducted at Whiting Field in Florida.

Where:

Whiting Field in Florida

When:

1972

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Narrator’s photo

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Price poses next to a CH-46 helicopter at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, in Ginowan, Okinawa, February 1975 while assigned to HMM-165, a Marine Medium Helicopter unit.

Where:

Futenma, in Ginowan, Okinawa

When:

February 1975

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Narrator’s photo

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Lieutenant Price stands next to the helicopter, a CH-46 which he co-piloted while with HMM-165 in early 1975. The unit was stationed at Air Station Futenma, in Ginowan, Okinawa.

Where:

Air Station Futenma, in Ginowan, Okinawa

When:

Early 1975

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Narrator’s photo

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The USS Essex was one of three ships that supported Lt. Price’s helicopter squadron as the unit made it’s way to the South China Sea to support ‘Frequent Wind,’ the evacuation of South Vietnam, in late April, 1975. Price’s aircraft was on the USS Dubuque.

Where:

South China Sea

When:

April, 1975

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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The helicopters sported an olive drab paint scheme while involved with ‘Operation Frequent Wind. Lieutenant Price co-piloted a CH-46 during the operation during April, 1975.

Where:

South China Sea

When:

April, 1975

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Narrator’s photo

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A refueling vessel is in the process of refueling the USS Dubuque while Lieutenant Price’s unit sailed toward South Vietnam, circa late April, 1975.

Where:

Sailling toward South Vietnam

When:

Circa late April, 1975

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Narrator’s photo

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During the early stages of the evacuation of Saigon in April, 1975, the USS Dubuque was tasked with assisting merchant ships fleeing South Vietnam, most of which were overflowing with refugees. They were prohibited from taking refugees on board.

Where:

South Vietnam

When:

April, 1975

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Narrator’s photo

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Huey helicopters from the USS Dubuque picking up Vietnamese refugees. Circa late April-May 1975.

Where:

South Viet Nam

When:

Circa late April-May 1975

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Narrator’s photo

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Barges were used to transport refugees when they could not be moved by helicopter during the evacuation in . The tub boat on the side is pushing the barge toward Phu Quoc Island, off the coast of South Vietnam.

Where:

South Vietnam

When:

Late April-May, 1975

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Narrator’s photo

Caption

Security and medical teams were sent out to assist the merchant ships by the USS Dubuque and other ships involved in the evacuation of South Vietnam in late April-May, 1975, with many refugees headed to Phu Quoc Island.

Where:

South Vietnam

When:

Late April-May, 1975

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Refugees board the USS Dubuque and are escorted below deck during the evacuation. Only a few refugees landed on the Dubuque, but Price does not know what happened to them. He heard rumors that high ranking officials carried suitcases filled with gold.

Where:

South Vietnam

When:

April-May, 1975

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Narrator’s photo

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Refugees were loaded onto helicopters to quickly and easily move them between ships during ‘Operation Frequent Wind’ in late April, 1975.

Where:

South Viet nam

When:

April, 1975

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Narrator’s photo

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Refugees were moved between ships to accommodate the large number of incoming refugees during ‘Operation Frequent Wind’ in late April, 1975.

Where:

South Viet Nam

When:

April, 1975

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Lieutenant Gary Price’s T-34 Solo Flight Certificate. Price received this while stationed at Saufley Field, near Pensacola Florida in February, 1972.

Where:

Pensacola Florida

When:

February, 1972

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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According to Price, Captain Gerry Berry (pictured) flew more hours than any other pilot during the evacuation of Saigon and piloted the last helicopter to land at the conclusion of the evacuation in .

Where:

Unknown

When:

Late April, 1975

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Lieutenant Price is standing on the deck of the USS Dubuque, likely while en route to Vietnam in April, 1975.

Where:

en route to Vietnam

When:

April, 1975

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo



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