Donor: Rocky Bleier
'Vietnam Veteran' Aviator Stainless Steel Wristwatch
On August 20, 1969, Rocky Bleier and his platoon were sent to set up a secured landing position needed for helicopters to fly out casualties from an earlier battle in the Vietnam War. The platoon, almost immediately, fell under heavy hostile fire. Rocky was first hit by enemy rifle fire and later by grenade blasts, seriously injuring both legs.
Bleier, who was told he would never play football again, returned to the Steelers in 1970 determined to make the team. In 1972, after three operations and nearly two years of exhaustive rehabilitation, he fought his way back into the lineup, and in 1974, became a starter. A thousand-yard rusher in 1976, he started on all four of Pittsburgh's Super Bowl winning teams, before retiring in 1980 as the Steelers fourth all-time leading rusher.
Rocky has generously donated this stainless steel and quartz 42 mm 'Vietnam Veteran' Aviator watch.