George French had been trained as an aircraft mechanic, but when he arrived in Vietnam in 1968 he volunteered for helicopter service. French was to spend the next two years in the air as much as ten to twelve hours a day and earn 20 Air Medals with Oak Leaf Clusters before his service was over.
French's Chinook Helicopter was named "The Widow Maker" and its missions were varied and dangerous. It would fly into enemy territory to retrieve downed Hughey Helicopters, carry troops to and from combat, carry in ammunition, move fire bases, and even deliver hot dinners to troops at the front.
Casualties on the missions were frequent but "The Widow Maker" always seemed to make it back to base ... until its last mission. It was a mission that French ordinarily would have been on, but at the last minute had been taken off the flight list. All of the crew died and even today French finds it hard to talk about.
Friday, May 24 2013 10:21 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:21:23 GMT
From the Tyler Police Department:At approximately 5:20Pm on May 24, 2013, Tyler Police were notified of the motorcycle accident at Grande and Sutherland. The driver of a black Ford F-150 was heading east onMore >>
Rider was not wearing a helmet when she collided with a truck.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 9:18 AM EDT2013-05-25 13:18:01 GMT
Cherokee County authorities are investigating a fatal house fire Friday night. It happened just before 7:30 on County Road 3302 outside of Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Fire Department, Cherokee CountyMore >>
Happened just outside of Jacksonville on Friday night.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:59 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:59:21 GMT
A Tyler ISD bus driver was arrested Friday afternoon on drug charges.Ronald Gain, 44, of Tyler, was arrested by the Tyler Police Department on one charge of possession of a controlled substance. TylerMore >>
Has worked for the district since August of 2012.More >>