Michael Musso

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Mike Musso, USS Midway, San Diego, California, 2021
Mike Musso, USS Midway, San Diego, California, 2021

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Musso's jacket, USS Midway, San Diego, California, 2021
Musso's jacket, USS Midway, San Diego, California, 2021

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Musso and the medevac helicopter he flew on in Vietnam, USS Midway, San Diego, California, 2021
Musso and the medevac helicopter he flew on in Vietnam, USS Midway, San Diego, California, 2021

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Mike Musso, USS Midway, San Diego, California, 2021
Mike Musso, USS Midway, San Diego, California, 2021

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In 1966, Mike Musso came home from college, his Dad waiting for him at the front door. His father held up a draft notice and said, "Son, it is simply your turn." Within a year, Musso was in Vietnam repairing various aviation equipment, and eventually became a gunner on a medevac helicopter. Musso flew during the Battle of Khe Sanh, supplying water and taking injured or dead troops out of battle. Musso still experiences PTSD, his duty as a gunner opening his world to unimaginably horrible sights. Musso now volunteers on the USS Midway, which was been a "cathartic" experience for him. In Musso's conversation, he painfully recalls holding a young, violently injured marine that was bleeding out on the floor of the helicopter and saying to him, "You will be home soon."