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Rescue Stories

This section is for visitors to share their Air Rescue Service stories. We are soliciting true ARS stories - either on or off duty - which we will screen for appropriateness and post here. Please click here to send your material for consideration. Thanks!

These are the stories we have received in chronological order:


Rescue Story #3

Posted by ryan on 2007-07-16



Robert L. LaPointe, SMSgt, USAF-retired, a combat veteran of Vietnam and Desert Storm commenced his military service in 1969. He began training to gain his pararescue qualifications immediately after basic training.......

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Rescue Story #2 Valor in the Gulf

Posted by ryan on 2007-07-16



Valor in the Gulf by Robert L. LaPointe

It was late in the afternoon of 14 March 1966. An HU-16B "Albatross", call sign "Crown Bravo", was on SAR orbit over the Gulf of Tonkin......

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Rescue Story # 1

Posted by ryan on 2007-07-12


This section of the website is for you to tell your story about your time with the USAF Air Rescue Service, either as a service member or as a dependent. As I was growing up, I felt sort of like the ARS was one big extended family. In Orlando, and while overseas, seemed like everything we did was with other Rescue people. So please share your memories with the rest of us. I'll start off with my Rescue story....
This story is about my dad, Lt. Col William A. Ryan, Jr., USAF (ret.), who passed away several years ago. This website, to a large degree, is a tribute to him. He spent 20 of his 30 years in the Air Force in the Air Rescue Service, from about 1951 to 1971. He began his association with Air Rescue when he was assigned .....

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