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1st Air, 9th Cavalry Vietnam Pilot, Barton County Commissioner Cates remembered

Former Barton County Commissioner Don Cates is pictured as a young pilot in Vietnam with his helicopter. These OH-13 helicopters were flown 20-100 feet above ground during missions.

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BY JOEL MCGINNIS

Editor’s note: Joel McGinnis flew 200 hours in Vietnam with former Barton County Commissioner Don Cates who died April 22 in a plane wreck. Cates earned the respect of his comrades, and McGinnis wrote this remembrance. McGinnis was his Observer and Scout in the  helicopter that Cates piloted.
 My name is Joel McGinnis and I was Don’s Observer the day he earned the Silver Star.  Don’s military service with the 1/9th Calvary was something very special, and it gives me great satisfaction to share it with you.
1st Cavalry Division(Airmobile)
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