Frightful Night Voice

Sometimes men chanced a visit to the ship’s main deck late at night to experience solitude, breath-in the fresh sea air, and admire the star-filled sky. It was mostly quiet then, especially if the sea was tame. The only noise would be the noise created by the ship’s wake and the distant hum of the vessel’s two, churning propellers.

One such topside visit was made by helicopter pilot Greg Ross of the Seventeenth Air Cavalry. He recalled as he looked out at the sea the moon almost filled the horizon. Then, from behind, he heard a distinct voice telling him when he arrived in Vietnam he would receive a wound that would not be fatal. He turned toward the direction of the voice. No one was there.

Audio Track: The Warning

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Exhibit Schedules

    Part of the Marking Time: Voyage to Vietnam is currently at the New York Historical Society in Manhatten through April 22, 2018. Information about the full Vietnam exhibit is available here

    Marking Time: Voyage to Vietnam will be open at the USS Kidd Memorial in Baton Rouge, LA, from October 27, 2017 through February 28, 2018.