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Bill Martin brings to life, The Pilot with the Magic Hat: Escape in Vietnam

September 21, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Retired Naval aviator, Bill Martin

Retired Naval aviator, Bill Martin commanded an all-volunteer unit of Navy helicopter gunships stationed deep in the Mekong Delta in 1967 and 1968. His unit was part of the famed Seawolf Squadron, one of the most highly decorated Navy squadron of the Vietnam War. This presentation depicts the sights and sounds of actual combat during some of the fiercest battles of the Tet Offensive.

Bill explains his role in the freeing of 33 South Vietnamese POWs and his unusual part in the dramatic and hair-raising rescue of 200 orphans and eight nuns from the clutches of the Viet Cong. Under the seat of his chopper he carried a folding magic table, collapsible top hat and a bag of tracks. Between firefights he popped into the jungle villages to entertain families, gaining friends as well as important intelligence information.

Bill Martin is a magician, escapologist and retired Naval aviator. He has been a Golden Glove boxer, carnival wrestler, hard rock miner, tractor mechanic, and nightclub entertainer. He has performed Houdini’s famous milk can escape on national television.

The Chautauqua performances are free and funded by the San Juan College Foundation, and presented by the San Juan College Encore Program, KSJE 90.9 FM, and the New Mexico Humanities Council.

For further information, contact the San Juan College Box Office, at 566-3430.


September 21, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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