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
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.
You can connect with Arnold here: https://www.facebook.com/arnold.sampson.98/ https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10159843402148029&set=a.10157456583818029
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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