Thank you for your wonderful story (June 1) of the induction of the late Lt. Col. Paul Bloomquist into the Utah Aviation Hall of Fame. The people of Utah could not have a finer native son to represent them.

Lt. Col. Bloomquist was a true hero. Most people would do everything they could to avoid a battlefield, the most violent and dangerous place on earth. But in Vietnam, Lt. Col. Bloomquist would fly into them, every day, dozens of times a day, with a giant bull's-eye in the shape of a red cross on the side of his Huey medevac helicopter. He rescued and saved hundreds of men. It would take a steamer trunk to hold all of the medals he earned — 36 air medals, three Purple Hearts, three Vietnamese Crosses of Gallantry and four Distinguished Flying Crosses.

One of these crosses was earned on June 21, 1964, when Lt. Col. Bloomquist was severely injured by arms fire through the cabin of his Huey. Despite a debilitating injury and considerable loss of blood, Lt. Col. Bloomquist managed to touch down on the battlefield, rescue injured soldiers and return to the base. And then he did it again. And again. For almost 13 more hours.

Lt. Col. Bloomquist was murdered by terrorists in a bomb attack in Frankfurt, Germany, in May 1972. The notorious Baader-Meinhof Gang thought that it was opening up a second front of the Vietnam War and bringing that war home to Americans and Germans. Lt. Col. Bloomquist was the gang's first American victim. If only these people — who were so committed to killing — knew that the man they killed had devoted so much of his career to saving lives.

Richard Huffman