Pilot of the Intruder

The A6 Intruder

My American History classes finished the upcoming epic American novel and hero memoir Accidental Odyssey yesterday, and it happened conveniently at the conclusion of the last lesson in American History that I will ever teach at Pace High School. I am still letting that sink in. What a way to go out!

To celebrate, we took a trip to the Pensacola Naval Aviation Museum and received a guided tour from the hero of the book himself, Capt. Allen Brady. We watched an incredible IMAX film about aircraft carriers, the might of the United States Navy and the military collaboration we have with other countries from all over the world. Make no mistake though, there is no military mightier than the United States!

Pops in Seville Park with my American History classes, May 3, 2018

Pops talked to them about three (of the dozens) of the planes he flew in his 32 years with the US Navy, including the AD Skyraider, the A4 and the A6 Intruder. They got a very in-depth explanation of his shootdown in the A6 over North Vietnam in 1967, and we learned more than we could ever imagine about “tail hooks” and “bolters.”  Then it was on to the Vietnam POW exhibit, where Pops is featured. Things that were so familiar: the pink and red striped pajamas, the rubber tire sandals, the 7-line Vietnamese paper they used to write letters home, and a replica of the Zoo prison camp. Those kids will never, ever forget the atrocities that happened at the Zoo.

We ended our day trip with lunch in Seville Park where our hero signed all of the kids’ manuscripts for them and posed for pictures

GO NAVY! 

Accidental Odyssey (formerly titled Where Do We Get Such Men?) is currently being published by Kent State University Press with an anticipated release date of January, 2019.

Capt Allen Brady in the A4 during Operation Hardtack, Eniwetok Atoll, Marshall Islands, 1958

About Dawn Quarles

Dawn Quarles is a high school political science and American history teacher who moonlights as a blogger and writer. She lives on Pensacola Beach, Florida.

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2 Responses to “Pilot of the Intruder”

  1. Lenita Allen Bradford says:

    I was fortunate to serve under the command of Captain Brady at MATWING ONE, NAS Oceana in ‘74-‘75 after his return as PO. He was a very fine Naval Officer, respected by everyone. I have heard he authored a book but have been unable to locate it. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated! Outstanding-Go Navy!

    • Dawn Quarles says:

      Lenita, He talks about Matwing One in the new book, which is due to be on bookshelves in January. It will be titled Accidental Odyssey (formerly titled Where Do We Get Such Men?) and it’s being published by Kent State University Press. I will be happy to get you a personalized copy!! Thank you for always keeping in touch with us, Pops enjoys hearing from you when you write. -DQ

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