By Jane Rodgers
Southern Baptist Texan
EDITOR’S NOTE: May 29 is Memorial Day.
SAN ANTONIO (BP) — As an Air Force pararescueman in Vietnam, Doug Brinson often faced death to save downed pilots, including a treacherous three-week stretch of missions in 1972 that shaped his life in ways he will never forget.
“I probably aged a few years in those three weeks,” Brinson said.
Brinson’s parents urged him to follow his brother by enlisting in the Air Force, thinking it the safest branch of the military. The southern Louisiana native found himself drawn to the allure of dangerous USAF pararescue. [Read more…]