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Chief Master Sergeant (Ret.) Earl Hendrix began his Air Force career on his 18th birthday in 1957. He served as a bomb loader on multiple aircraft. While serving in Vietnam, a rocket pummeled his bunker, killing him and 17 others. When he was transported, he was tossed onto a concrete slab and his heart miraculously restarted. A medical examiner at the morgue found his pulse and sought immediate medical attention. From a beatless heart to a Purple Heart, Hendrix continued his 30-year career working on the flightline. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis Millican)
160516-F-ZZ999-014.JPG Photo By: Airman 1st Class Alexis Millican

May 16, 2016
San Antonio - Chief Master Sergeant (Ret.) Earl Hendrix began his Air Force career on his 18th birthday in 1957. He served as a bomb loader on multiple aircraft. While serving in Vietnam, a rocket pummeled his bunker, killing him and 17 others. When he was transported, he was tossed onto a concrete slab and his heart miraculously restarted. A medical examiner at the morgue found his pulse and sought immediate medical attention. From a beatless heart to a Purple Heart, Hendrix continued his 30-year career working on the flightline. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis Millican)


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