NBC did a heart warming story about Keith Raye Blackey’s work in Kabul with orphans in the scouting program there. They included this for some reason;
Keith Blackey’s path to Afghanistan began 40 years ago as a fighter pilot in Vietnam. In Sept. 1968, he was shot down during an intelligence gathering mission over North Vietnam.
“My wingman was with me and he could have escaped because we were under terribly heavy fire from surface to air missiles but instead he risked his life, followed me in and saw where our parachutes landed,” he said.
A3 Warrior pilot Blackey was taken captive by the North Vietnamese. A Marine unit launched a rescue operation within three days, and Blackey’s wingman, Lt. Cmdr. Chip Beck, rescued him. Over the years the two stayed in infrequent touch.
Well, it’s all true except that Blackey was a Specialist 6 in the Army, he was never shot down or captured by the North Vietnamese, Lieutenant Commander Chip Beck says he was never anyone’s wingman, since he was an underwater swimmer. He says that he never met Blackey in person, and that Blackey had contacted him in regards to the Iraq scouting program, not the other way as Blackey says in the article. So other than those minor points, the story is completely true. Oh, yeah, Blackey was never in Vietnam, either;
Category: Phony soldiers