When the war in Southeast Asia was raging and the draft was in full swing, Glen Lindsey graduated from DeRidder High School, and got a job as produce manager at the Piggly Wiggly Grocery working for Dwayne Cooley.
General Westmoreland was asking the President and Congress to send another 200,000 trained men into Vietnam.
Lindsey heard from a very reliable source that it would not be very long before he would be drafted. Like his father before him, Glen decided to enlist rather than be drafted.
Lindsey volunteered to join the United States Air Force and after a series of tests he was accepted.
He was sent to Houston for induction and then onto Amarillo Air Force Base for basic training. From there, Lindsey went to aircraft maintenance school where he received specialized training on the McDonnell F-4 Phantoms and other jet fighter planes. Upon graduation, Lindsey was assigned to the Air Force base in Ubon Thailand where, during the Vietnam War, the Air Force front line facility was located.
The 8th Tactical Fighter Wing became the host unit for offensive and defense of that area.
The F-4 Fighter Squadron had also deployed to combat duty against the North Vietnamese MiG -17s which were steadily attacking the military bases in the south and also ships in the Gulf of Tonkin.
The new F-4 were equipped with state-of-the-art radar and armament. Anyone who flew or maintained the aircraft had to be not only be certified but they were also required to have a Top Secret clearance. Since Lindsey had already received a Top Secret clearance, he became the senior chief of his flight crew.
Like many veterans who have served in war zones, Lindsey does not like to discuss all of the things he saw while stationed halfway around the world from home.
After North Vietnam invaded the Republic of Vietnam, the United States started to withdraw from Southeast Asia and focus its attention on the Cold War in Europe.
Lindsey returned home and joined his father and brother’s logging operation.
As fate or destiny would have it, after serving his country in wartorn Asia, this veteran would soon face his biggest battle.
While deep in the forest sawing down a huge tree, something went wrong. The tree kicked back throwing Lindsey into the air. During the accident, his leg was severed at the ankle.
Luckily his brother Larry and father were able to come to his rescue and get him to a nearby hospital. Lindsey’s leg had to be amputated.
Many men would have just given up – not this veteran.
Instead Lindsey was fitted with a prosthetic leg and he taught himself how to walk again.
Within a year he was back at work and even opened a video rental store.
Lindsey is 70-years-old and semi-retired but he still enjoys driving his tractor and operating a custom hay baling service as a hobby.
He is also an active member of the Pentecostal Worship Center in Deridder. Lindsey has served the congregation in many different duties, from usher to Sunday School Superintendent.
For over 17 years, Lindsey has never missed a day of Sunday School.
He is also a member of American Legion Post 27.
If you see Lindsey, or any veteran, he would surely appreciate a handshake and acknowledgement of the sacrifice and the commitment veterans have made in the lofty endeavor of securing American liberty.
They are solely responsible for having protected our fortunate state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one's way of life, behavior or political views. And that is priceless act of service.