Program spotlights local Vietnam War hero Saturday

Orangeville native Brad Radcliffe will present a program Saturday on Trumbull County Vietnam War hero Greg Cico.

Cico, a Gustavus native and Joseph Badger High School graduate, enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, trained in intelligence and graduated from Vietnamese language school. Assigned to the U.S. Air Force’s 6994th Security Squadron, Cico’s job was to intercept and translate enemy communication.

According to Radcliffe, “As a result of his work, numerous U.S. military pilots and ground troops were given ‘heads-up’ information in order to execute safe extractions. Enemy locations were pinpointed and this would allow for U.S. and South Vietnamese forces to be rescued.”

Cico earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and nine Air medals with eight Oak Leaf Clusters for his bravery and service.

Four months after arriving home from Vietnam, he was killed in a car accident on an icy state Route 7 south of Kinsman.

Radcliffe, a 1968 Badger graduate, served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam 1970-1971 with the 17th Combat Aviation Group, 1st Aviation Brigade. He was in Army Intelligence on active duty and as a civilian in Washington, D.C.

Radcliffe is a playwright, actor and director whose plays have been staged by theater companies in Virginia, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C. His most recent work,“Weird Flight,” is about pilots in the Southeast Asian war, and it was performed last fall at Kohler Art Center Theater, Sheboygan, Wis. While developing the script, he discovered the story of Cico and his unit.

The program, presented by the Kinsman Historical Society, will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at Kinsman Presbyterian Church, 6383 Church St., Kinsman. Admission is free. For more information, call 330-876-5001.

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