In April 1975, Gerald Berry, then a captain in the Marine Corps, piloted “Lady Ace 09” —the last chopper out of Saigon. Berry’s chopper carried US Ambassador Graham Martin from the embassy rooftop to a US ship waiting off the coast of Vietnam… and in doing so marked the formal end of US involvement in the Vietnam War. In 1993, Berry retired from the Marine Corps after 25 years of service.
On Sunday, November 10, 2013, the day before Veterans Day 2013, to an audience of about 200 military veterans, spouses, civilians and church members, gathered in the sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church of Oviedo Florida, Berry spoke in a non-sectarian manner about his experience and those final historic hours now visually seared into the memory of a generation of Americans who lived through that era of the 1960s and 1970s.
Operation “Frequent Wind,” as the project was called, stands today as the Marine Corps single biggest evacuation in its history, with captain Berry’s 34 sorties logging 18.3 hours in the pilot seat of a CH-46D Sea Knight military helicopter.
Church member Larry Humes introduces Colonel Gerry Berry.
Colonel (retired), US Marine CorpsBio