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04/03/2006 5:53 PM  
Found this on the web at pprune News Release Public Affairs Office Building 115, Shamrock Street Phone (334) 255-2252 Fort Rucker, AL 36362 Fax (334) 255-1004 Date: 2 April 2006 Release Number: 06-12 For more information: 334-255-2252 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE It is with immense sadness that the Army Aviation Warfighting Center announces the loss of a great Army Aviation hero, Medal of Honor recipient CW4 (Ret.) Michael J. Novosel. Mr Novosel died in the early hours of Sunday, April 02, 2006 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center after an extended illness. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism on October 2, 1969. Novosel received word of wounded South Vietnamese soldiers pinned down by a large enemy force. Flying without air cover, he encountered ground fire so intense it forced him away six times. Courageously, he completed 15 hazardous extractions. On the last, just as a wounded soldier was pulled into the aircraft, the enemy unleashed a hail of fire directly at Novosel. Wounded, he momentarily lost control of the aircraft, but recovered and flew to safety. In all, he saved 29 men. He was nominated for and later received the Congressional Medal of Honor for these actions. In March 1970, a UH-1 helicopter piloted by Novosel’s son was shot down. The senior Novosel heard the "Mayday" call from 15 minutes away. With assurance from the aircraft commander that his son's crew had survived the crash and found shelter, Novosel completed his own mission before flying to their aid. The younger Novosel returned the favor seven days later when his father was shot down. Just 19 at the time, Mike Jr. flew to his father's rescue. While Novosel’s heroism as a combat pilot is well documented in the Army Aviation community, he will be remembered to many as a soft spoken gentleman who, even in retirement, made himself available to lecture at the Warrant Officer Career College and he also became a Senior Tactical Adviser in the Warrant Officer Candidate Program at Fort Rucker. The Aviation Soldiers serving throughout the world express their deepest sympathy to Mr. Novosel’s family. “CW4 Mike Novosel was an extraordinary patriot who showed all Americans what it means to serve. He was an incredibly genuine person, who loved to talk with the generations of Soldier Aviators who followed about what it means to truly put your life on the line for one another and to never leave a fallen comrade behind. His gallantry and loyalty to his fellow Soldiers is an example we will all strive to live up to. His loss is felt not only by his family and the Army Aviation community, but by all those who knew and loved him,” said Brig. Gen. E. J. Sinclair, Commander, U.S. Army Aviation Warfighting Center.
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06/05/2006 8:43 PM  
CW4 Novosel spoke at my flight school graduation. I was in awe of his accomplishments as much then as I am now. I recommend his book: "Dustoff: Memoir of an Army Aviator". It's good reading! A true hero and patriot.
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