This was such a big day in modern Marine Corps history.
On this day in 1995, Marines rescued downed U.S. Air Force Pilot Captain Scott O’Grady.
Bosnian Serbs shot down O’Grady, who was part of a peacekeeping mission over Bosnia, nearly a week earlier.
O’Grady spent six days hiding, eating leaves and bugs.
I remember this time well, as by that point, CNN was in probably its apex of power (following the Gulf War in ’91).
And Americans were riveted to the news, worried to death about O’Grady. (Two years later, I’d get the pleasure of sitting off the Bosnian coast for 45 days before later flying into Albania. But that’s just a footnote to this story that matters greatly to me, and absolutely none at all to others.)
I’ll never forget O’Grady returning, the photos and video shots, and the interviews. He was considered such a hero and it’s just one of those iconic things I’ll probably remember forty years from now…
Keep the faith,
Stan R. Mitchell
Oak Ridge, Tenn.
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