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Nov 23, 2022

In this episode, I interviewed Arnold Hughbrook Sampson Jr. who served in the US army with a Medical Detachment (Helicopter Ambulance) in the Republic of Vietnam. We talked about the ups and downs he faced during that period and what he does now. It was an insightful interview with him. 


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Arnold was awarded several commendations that were part of a team/crew effort. However, his two Purple Heart awards, awarded after separate injuries from shrapnel, and his Broken Wing Award were more singular and very personal. During his short year of service, he was also awarded the Bronze Star, at least five awards of the Air Medal with "V" device for heroism, a Distinguished Flying Cross, and a Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star device for heroism.
After returning to the States, he earned an FAA commercial helicopter pilot's license while stationed at Fort Ord, California.

A bit about me (Dr. Orest Komarnyckyj) 

Dr. Orest Komarnyckyj enjoyed a prestigious career as a periodontal regenerative surgeon moving to a new passion in June 2018. He retired after a 33-year career to pursue new passions. At 69 Dr. Orest has taken on a new role as an Interviewer, Podcaster and government-certified Old Guy. He streams from his new home in Las Vegas, NV. He lives with his wife of 29 years, Oksana. His status as an empty-nesters with two out of college-employed children has left him with time and energy to share decades of successes, failures, and wisdom.


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00:00 – Precap

01:07 – Intro

02:18 – Guest Introduction

04:40 – Arnold’s time in Vietnam

05:15 – How did you end up in the Army?

08:04 – first experience in the Military

09:20 – Military Segregation

12:12 – Did you face Insubordination because of your color

13:31 – Vietnam was not surprised

14:29 – Commercial start

15:05 – Commercial end

15:18 – how was your idea of going to Vietnam

18:50 – what goes in mind when an enemy fires

23:10 – Any surface missile at that time

24:11 – Do you have to turn around because of too much fire?

25:45 – how do you keep your unit in command through a tough time

27:07 – Outro