At the several squadrons at all three bases I heard much about Colonel Jack Broughton form the pilots themselves. It seems they had a rare kind of respect for this man who wouldn't send his men where de didn't fly himself. Several different groups said, Oh well, our commander sends us off with a "Lot's of luck". Some of you won't make it but that's the game. Absolutely true. I heard it. But not Broughton, he went with his men and fought for his men in higher headquarters for a decent chance at surviving the terrible fire around the tougher targets. The men all knew higher ups who set the strategy were SAC bomber men and inflicting 20 year old bomber approach many times. Broughton fought for them to live. They admired him, respected him, feared him and loved him. And as some said, "We'd follow him anywhere." After I'd chased around trying to catch some shots and sketches while he flew and worked, one pilot took me aside and said, "Now I just hope you understand who you're dealing with. That's the best soldier in this mess." Since I've returned and was painting the picture, several of his pilots have written and phoned to tell me that he was going to receive the Air Force Cross and at the same time be court-martialed by the Air Force for standing up for his men who shot back at a restricted target which shot at them. We treat our heroes in strange ways. As one pilot said, "I can name you many Colonels and some General too who for sure will never be court martialed--but of course they've never flown to Hanoi either." According to the men, this was the leader to paint.