Breaking Faith - Honor these brave warriors, as peace comes from strength
In 1994 and 1997, there were a pair of somber ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery. They commemorated the return of two helicopter crews, one Army and one Air Force, killed in the legendary rescue of Bat-21.
Thirty-seven years later, the story of Lt Col Iceal “Gene” Hambleton remains a stirring story of human courage, sacrifice—and survival. On Easter Sunday (April 2, 1972), Hambleton was flying as a navigator on an EB-66 electronic counter-measures (ECM) aircraft near South Vietnam’s Demilitarized Zone. The aircraft’s mission was to provide jamming support for a B-52 strike, across the border in North Vietnam.
As Hambleton and his five fellow crew members soon discovered, they had flown into the teeth of a major North Vietnamese offensive.