OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — Ozark’s Friends of Army Aviation welcomed the only living Army Vietnam Veteran to hold both the Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Service Cross.
Over his 34 years of service MG (Ret.) Patrick H. Brady has been credited with saving thousands of lives including soldiers, women, children, as well as injured enemies. All of which earned him over sixty awards and countless recognitions.
“He’s just a humble individual who is giving of himself,” said FOAA President John “Doc” Holladay. “He’s selfless as far as helping other people. He looks out for the fellow soldiers. He’s such a role model.”
Friends of Army Aviation not only listened to Brady share his stories and past experiences, but also dedicated one of their own helicopters in honor of the retired veteran.
“Nancy Lee” rests on the nose of the bird. The name is in honor of Brady’s late wife and marked a heartfelt moment for the vet.
“That choked me up,” Gen. Pat Brady told WDHN. “There’s nothing they could have done that would make me happier.”
As for the general, FOAA continues a mission he said he believes is more important now than ever before.
“They need to see this,” Brady said. “They need to ride in this. Their children, grandchildren need to see this and ride in this so they can know what their parents and their grandparents did. I think this is the only place where they do this.”
And for members of the Friends of Army Aviation, the meeting marked an honor.
“Being a crew chief on a Huey gunship over there, understanding that there were guys like that flying them, it’s an incredible honor to be here,” said FOAA member Tom Aretz. “Especially with a man that saved as many lives as this gentleman did.”
Brady has a packed upcoming schedule as he will be visiting several Wiregrass schools to talk more about his stories from Vietnam as well as lessons from the past.