casper rivers

Plucking Troops From A Hot LZ

Reprint from: SKY SOLDIER Time Life Books

Photo Credit: National Archives (negative7680) #11C6

A Casper Platoon UH-1 Huey, its door gunner firing at a well-concealed enemy, prepares to extract troops of the 173d Airborne Brigade pinned down near the Ai Loa River in the Binh Dinh Province on March 29, 1970.  

With circling gunships providing support from above, Sky Soldiers return VC sniper fire and Casper completes the extraction.  Such rescue missions were frequent, necessary and fraught with danger.

Troop-carrying Huey “Slicks” often had to descend into determined VC & NVA fire to pluck the stranded soldiers from their predicament.  Often these missions succeeded, with largely inconsequential damage to the helicopters.  At other times, the toll on the choppers was a heavy one.

What can I say? I’ve had “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons stuck in my head the last few days and keep scrolling past Casper fanart on my dash, and thought, hm, that fits his story. I have two hours to kill while I attempt to download printer driver software using my schools shitty internet, why don’t I try drawing him again? He always is fun to work with. For the lovely Miss Mash, who created an equally lovely character. ^______^