Willey remembers that after leaving the beach, the chopper patrolled the DMZ for the next three hours. "Seen a lot of buzz from the North," he says, "but nothing went down."
"On the way back to Wonju, I started asking questions about what had just happened and was told to 'Forget what you heard' and 'Forget what you saw' and 'Don’t bring it up again!' That was in December of 1970; I was there until August 1971, and not one time during the remainder of my tour was it...brought up by anyone...I inquired quite a few times over the rest of my tour but was told: 'Just forget you were ever on that mission.'"
Mr. Willey left Korea in 1971 and active duty the year after. He's now retired from a career as a mechanical draftsman.