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

Hot Rocket

At the end of the last rocket mission of the day, I returned to the Bao Loc airfield. I inadvertently had NOT fired one of the rockets. I had also left the arming switch in the HOT position. When I was rounding out to land, I hit a rut in the runway and squeezed the stick, and trigger, which was on the stick. I fired the armed rocket during round out. I can still see the rocket fire upward. I could see the smoke trail. It landed somewhere in the adjoining tea bushes. I could hear the explosion.