AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Ron Clark says serving the United States Army changed his life.
Clark, who retired from the Armed Forces as a Chief Warrant Officer, says he never would have imagined that serving his country and flying Huey helicopters in Vietnam would turn into a career.
"Back when we went to Vietnam, we were just a bunch of ornery kids, we banded together, we developed a deal to have each others back and protect each other," said Clark.
Clark was a medical pilot during the war, aiding wounded soldiers in combat zones. During one mission, his helicopter was shot down from the sky, leaving him with a serious head injury. He was awarded a Purple Heart for his service.
"You got real quiet and didn't brag you were a veteran, that's changing and giving people a chance to talk what really went on in Vietnam," he said.
He supports the building of a new education center, saying it would help share the stories of other soldiers with the memorial's visitors.
"The education center would bring that opportunity to all the kids and families to be able to come in and learn a little more history," Clark said. "Not only Vietnam, but all wars that we've been involved in."