I was involved transporting members of the 82nd Airborne to Detroit and Baltimore during the summer of 1967. Upon a return to Ft. Bragg on one of the trips my flight engineer (I was flying a C-130) informed me that we had a fuel leak. I told him there must be a mistake as the C-130E did not have a history of fuel leaks. Anyhow he showed me the leak and it was evident that we had been hit by a bullet. Judging by the size of the leak it was a .30 caliber round that caused the leak.

I mention this because I had one combat tour in Korea (1951 and 1952) and two tours in Vietnam (1962 and again in 1968-1969). During those tours I flew some 340 combat missions and sorties including 99 missions from January 1969 through April 1969, the majority of which were night interdiction missions, and never was our plane hit.

So my claim to fame is that I flew all those missions in combat but got hit only at a civilian airport in Michigan.

Lt. Col. William E. Brown, U.S. Air Force (ret.), Niceville