John Astle served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1966-75, including a tour in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot from 1968-69 and a tour as a Marine One Presidential helicopter pilot from 1971-74. His military service commendations include the Legion of Merit, two Purple Hearts, the Meritorious Service Medal, 31 air medals and the Presidential Service Badge.
After resigning from his regular commission in 1975, John served 21 years with the Marine Corps Reserve. During that time, he volunteered and served five months active duty in the Persian Gulf War and Desert Storm. He retired as a Colonel from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in 1996.
John flew helicopter patrols for the Baltimore Police Department from 1978 until 1984 and then as a medical evacuation pilot for the Washington Hospital Center from 1985-2005. His public service also included many political positions, including that of a Maryland State Senator from 1995 to 2019.
Col. Astle celebrates his 60 years of military and public service with his new book: “Jungle Combat: A Combat Pilot’s Tape-Recorded Transcripts from Vietnam 1968-1969.”
Today Col Astle lives in Annapolis, Maryland where he is a lifetime member of Guy C. Parlett American Legion Post 7.
March 29th, 2022 | Season 3 | 53 mins 48 secs
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