VIETNAM CHRONICLES

CAPTAIN RICHARD L. KLOPPENBURG

SHORT STORIES FROM 1966-1967 IN VIETNAM

BELOW ARE SOME TRUE BUT UNTOLD STORIES
VIETNAM WAS THE GREAT ADVENTURE OF MY GENERATION

BAO LOC Rose Wood

Sometime in 1966, while in Bao Loc, I found a Monteyard that was a woodcarver. The picture on the left is the Seahorse emblem; Seahorse. This Seahorse came from the Greek flying horse, Pegasus. The Seahorse emblem is on the top of a swagger stick. The picture on the right is the same Seahorse emblem made into a new throttle handle. My crew chief installed the new throttle on my Birddog. Big problem: one day upon landing on the terrible dirt runway in Bao Loc, hit a rut, which caused me to pull off the new Seahorse throttle. I nearly wrecked the plane. Needless to say, I never used it again. I kept it as a souvenir.