This is the story of Ret. Col. Marty Mahrt's miraculous rescue during his first tour in Vietnam. He was awarded with a Purple Heart for his injuries.
On his second tour, he participated in the evacuation of thousands during the fall of Saigon. He personally smuggled out Southern Vietnamese families out of the country. Mart and his wife still sponsor a Vietnamese family to this day.
During Mart's next assignment, he launched the prestigious realistic combat training program for American fighter pilots and our allies. He became the first commander of Red Flag at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.
In 2011, Marty and his wife, Colleen, co-founded Operation Black Hills Cabin. A Non- Profit program that caters to veterans and their families. For more information go to: OperationBlackHillsCabin.org
This piece was produced by Emmy nominated editor, Tommy Platek. Tommy is the grandson of Ret. Col. Mahrt and produced this segment as a tribute to his grandpa on Veteran's Day.