Col. William Reeder is a thirty-year Army veteran with two tours of duty in Vietnam. In 1971 Col. Reeder was a senior captain on his second tour in Vietnam. He had flown armed, fixed-wing OV-1 Mohawks on secret missions deep into enemy territory in Laos, Cambodia, and North Vietnam on his first tour. He returned as a helicopter pilot eager to experience a whole new perspective as a Cobra gunship pilot. During his second combat tour, he was shot down and captured by the communist North Vietnamese, spending nearly a year as a prisoner of war.
The Army Aviation Heritage Foundation flew their AH-1 “Cobra” from Atlanta, GA to Oshkosh, in support of Col. Reeder’s appearance. Distinguished Flying Cross recipient and Vietnam veteran Jack McCormick represents the Foundation.
The Grumman OV-1 “Mohawk” is a twin engine turboprop armed military observation and attack aircraft, designed for battlefield surveillance and light strike capabilities and was intended to operate from short, unimproved runways in support of United StatesArmy maneuver forces. This Mohawk is owned by Dr. Joseph Masessa.