The daring Vietnam Jolly Green Giant Phantom crewman rescue

After F-4 Phantom crewman Roger Locher was shot down in Vietnam, a Jolly Green Giant made one of the most audacious rescues in USAF history. Thomas McKelvey Cleaver investigates

The so-called Easter Offensive began in April 1972, prompting the last combat between US and North Vietnamese aviators over North Vietnam. The People’s Army of Vietnam (North Vietnamese Army) cut through most Army of the Republic of Vietnam units like the proverbial hot knife through butter, demonstrating the emptiness of President Richard Nixon’s ‘Vietnamization’ programme (designed to withdraw US forces from the war but without explicitly saying so).

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