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Vergennes man kept Army choppers flying in Vietnam

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Posted on November 9, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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RALPH “SONNY” TORREY of Vergennes said he was never afraid during gun runs he did as an Army helicopter crew chief in Vietnam; he credits his training for keeping him focused. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

VERGENNES — When Vergennes native and city resident Ralph “Sonny” Torrey enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1968 at the age of 19 he had a good reason.

“It was because of my father. My father was an infantry soldier in World War II in the Philippines, and he saw a lot of action. He was a very good soldier, a decorated soldier,” Torrey said. “I wanted to do what he did. I wanted to make him proud.”

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