Episode 2477 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will feature the retelling of a story about the notable Air America pilot Bob Caron. This episode will be a repeat of Episode 1821. In that episode Air America pilot Bob Caron was featured.
Bob was the pilot of the Air America Huey pictured in the iconic scene on the roof of the Pittman Building in Saigon in 1975. That event is considered by many as the end of the American Vietnam War. The war actually ended two years before after the signing of the Paris Peace Accords.
This episode is a fitting cap to the 2023 celebration of The Vietnam War Veterans Day. This year is the 50th anniversary of the final end of the War. Bob Caron participated in the final curtain call in Vietnam.
Bob Caron was a great American who lived up to the greatness of the Vietnam Veteran Generation – one as great as any that ever heeded the call of duty from its country.
He was a New York native and a 1956 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, served initially in Vietnam as an Army pilot who, while the war was still going on, became part of Air America. Throughout the Vietnam War, as with the Korean War and the Cold War, pilots and crew members with the government-owned corporation were used in countless covert operations.
He stayed with Air America until its demise in 1976. He returned to the Army after eight years with the company to complete 20 years of military service. He came back to the United States in 1985 to serve as director of contract administration for an aviation company. He subsequently went to Indonesia to work for another aviation services firm, and closed out his long career in the air by flying aircraft for the government of Lee County, Florida.
Listen to episode 2477 and discover more about the life and times of notable Air America pilot Bob Caron.