I find this story…..and the assorted reactions to it, interesting. Williams tale don’t really bother me, unless he was attempting to profit from false representation. I’m much more troubled over David Gregory’s willful violation of law….and his protection from prosecution, than I am over a Walter Mitty war story. This was regarding one instance….made of whole cloth to be sure…but nowhere near the perfidy perpetrated by many who styled themselves as trained “commando’s”, with tales of derring-do.
But he seems to have an overdeveloped sense of importance that comes with being a bobblehead of an elitist, but dying medium.
One knows if the helicopter they are riding in is hit with an RPG. There is no grey area in this regard. They would know this due to the actions and directives of the crew chief aboard the Chinook.
Points of order; while riding in the back of a CH47 Chinook…unless the bird actually takes small arms fire [not mention an RPG]….you’re not really in a position to know that enemy fire is anywhere near you. From the accounts I’ve seen, any small arms fire in the vicinity of Williams Chinook, hit the bridging being slingloaded underneath. Being in a Chinook is like riding in the back of a near windowless bus, especially strapped into the center facing bench seat, as he most certainly would have been.
I believe that Williams was told by the crew, after the fact, they the flight had come under fire, and another Chinook was forced to land. Now, perhaps Williams is of especially weak constitution, and has experienced self induced trauma from being indirectly near danger [though likely unknowingly at the time]….or more likely, he saw an opportunity to burnish his ‘war correspondent’ street cred, after a career of seemingly riding various desks in NYC.
He fabricated the story to embellish his credentials, insecurities or sense of importance. Which of those it is, I care not.