Lerch, Ralph A. and Chappell, Benjamin, “Interview with Ralph A. Lerch, 15 October 2011,” Appalachian State University Libraries Digital Collections, accessed September 23, 2023, https://omeka.library.appstate.edu/items/show/19753.
Interview with Ralph A. Lerch, 15 October 2011
Ralph A. Lerch talks about his experience as a Vietnam War veteran and pilot for the U.S. Air Force. He served in Vietnam transporting cargo, which he described as "kind of a stupid war." He entered the Aviation Cadet Program, but crashed during training and broke his thigh which took a long time to heal. After a year he was able to re-enter and he was eventually deployed. He never saw combat or came into contact with the NVA, but was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross Award.
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Air Force, pilot, Andrews Air Force Base, C-124, cargo plane, 6th Weather Wing, Clark Air Base