In January 1964 Brady volunteered for Vietnam and was assigned to the 57th Medical Detachment – Helicopter Ambulance, led by Major Charles Kelly. The unit’s call-sign was “Dust Off,” a cry for help that would become the most famous of all Vietnam call-signs.
On January 6, 1968, Brady was rousted from off duty to help with an extraordinary causality situation. Despite repeated warnings that the missions were impossible – due to weather, the enemy, or land mines – on three different missions Brady extracted patients from areas where other aircraft had failed. For these actions Brady was awarded the Medal of Honor.
In two tours in Vietnam, Brady flew over 2,500 combat missions, and rescued over 5,000 wounded.
A self described “reluctant soldier”, Patrick Henry Brady would go on to earn the nation’s highest military decoration for valor.
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