CW4 Duane “Muddy” Watters

“In great deeds, something abides. On great fields, something stays. Forms change and pass; bodies disappear; but spirits linger, to consecrate ground for the vision-place of souls…” General Joshua Chamberlain, Congressional Medal of Honor. He held the Union left flank at Little Round Top, Gettysburg.

Last night I

I am proud to wear this patch, not because of my "accomplishments", but because of the honor of calling these men my brothers.

I am proud to wear this patch, not because of my “accomplishments”, but because of the honor of calling these men my brothers.

was called and informed that Duane “Muddy” Watters had recently died from complications related to lung cancer. Two of the most important days of my flying career (March 19 & 20) were spent flying right seat for Muddy. Muddy was one of the old guys (24). He was an excellent pilot, calm under fire, and committed to his fellow Ghost Riders. He would not leave a man behind, no matter what. He retired a CW4. Muddy said he wanted to be remembered by the words: “Duty, honor and country.” He lived it. Muddy, Itty Bitty, and others “consecrated” the air and landing zones in the action known as Lam Son 719. I was hoping to see him at the October reunion. He is survived by his wife, Candice and family in Fairbanks, AK. He is missed. He is remembered. And, we are growing old.

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