Decorated helicopter pilot will speak to American Legion

A retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who won decorations as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam will be the speaker when the American Legion meets Wednesday at Club Cubano in Guachipelín, Escazú.

He is Joseph Finch, a Centreville, Virginia, resident who wrote a book about his experiences. The book is “Angel’s Wing,” a reference to a wartime sector described by map coordinates.

Finch, now, 67, was drafted as a private in 1966, according to the Legion. He rose through the ranks to lieutenant colonel and earning numerous combat and peacetime awards including the Silver Star and the Distinguished Flying Cross, said the Legion.

All veterans of U.S. military forces as well as other countries military forces and guests are welcome to attend the meeting, said the Legion. A no-host lunch is available after meeting, the organization added. The Legion has posted a map to the clubHERE!

Finch arrived in Vietnam in 1969 as a lieutenant, according to an description of his book. His book chronicles his year with the 25th Aviation Battalion. He learned to support ground troops, insert and extract men into and out of the most dangerous of situations and to evacuate the wounded, said Amazon.

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