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″I’m Alive, I’m Alive”: First Radio Contact with Downed U.S. Pilot

June 10, 1995

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy (AP) _ A transcript of the first radio contact between Capt. Scott F. O’Grady, known by his radio call sign ``Basher 52,″ and the pilot of a reconnaissance plane, ``Basher 11.″

Basher 11 asks O’Grady to verify his identity by naming the squadron he served with in Korea.

O’Grady broke down in tears at the start of a news conference Saturday when the tape was played.

Basher 11: Basher 52, this is Basher 11 on Alpha.

Basher 11: Say again through Basher 11.

Basher 11: Basher 11 has you loud and clear. Who is this?

Basher 11: You’re unreadable. I can barely hear you. Say call sign.

Basher 52: Basher 52. Basher 52.

Basher 11: This is Basher 11. Say your call sign.

Basher 52: Basher 52.

Basher 11: I understand you are Basher 52. Okay you are breaking up now.

Basher 11: Basher 52, this is Basher 11 on Alpha. Say again.

Basher 11: Basher 52, this is Basher 11, you’re loud and clear.

Basher 52: I’m alive, I’m alive.

Basher 11: Copy that. What was your squadron in Korea?

Basher 52: Juvat, Juvat.

Basher 11: Copy that. You’re alive. It’s good to hear your voice.

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