PUCKER FACTOR 10 MEMOIR OF A U S ARMY HELICOPTER PILOT IN VIETNAM

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Pucker Factor 10

Author : James Joyce
ISBN : 0786454059
Genre : History
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“In 1963...there was no way I could have known, sitting in a classroom on that beautiful campus in Ohio, that by raising my hand I would be going to war in Vietnam and that I would see things, hear things and do things that most people cannot imagine.”—James Joyce. The author was drawn into the United States Army through ROTC, and went through training to fly helicopters in combat over Vietnam. His experiences are notable because he flew both Huey “Slicks” and Huey “Gunships”: the former on defense as he flew troops into battle, and the latter on offense as he took the battle to the enemy. Through this book, the author relives his experiences flying and fighting, with special attention given to his and other pilots’ day-to-day lives—such as the smoke bombing of Disneyland, the nickname given to a United States Army–sponsored compound for prostitution. Some of the pilots Joyce served with survived the war and went on to have careers with commercial airlines, and many were killed.
Category: History

Hornet 33

Author : Ed Denny
ISBN : 9781476625713
Genre : History
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Combat helicopter pilots in the Vietnam War flew each mission facing the possibility of imminent death. Begun as a series of attempted letters to the Department of Veterans Affairs, this compelling memoir of an aircraft commander in the 116th Assault Helicopter Company—“The Hornets”—relates his experience of the war in frank detail. From supporting the 25th Infantry Division’s invasion of Cambodia, to flying the lead aircraft in the 101st Airmobile Division’s pivotal Operation Lam Son 719 invasion of Laos to cut the Ho Chi Minh Trail at LZ Hope, the author recounts the traumatic events of his service from March 1970 to March 1971.
Category: History

Snake Pilot

Author : Randy R. Zahn
ISBN : 9781574885651
Genre : History
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Flies the reader into combat with the same elite air cavalry unit portrayed in the film "Apocalypse Now"
Category: History

Thunderbird Lounge

Author : Robert J. Brandt
ISBN : 9781553690061
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The story of one early helicopter company as it helped develop the helicopter into a viable weapon on the modern battlefield. Depicts daily life for early helicopter soldiers as they fought the Viet Cong.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Mind And I

Author : James Joyce
ISBN : 9781476619361
Genre : Social Science
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Psychoanalysts must be patients for years before they can practice. The "talking cure"--the basis of all psychotherapy--is best explained from two perspectives: one patient lying on the couch and the other seated behind it. The author of this memoir was both. He candidly discusses his own analysis, describing his emotional misfires and their causes. He then uses case studies from his practice to explain the meaning of dreams, the causes of neuroses, depression, relationship problems and other issues that affect the lives of many.
Category: Social Science

The Other Vietnam War

Author : Marc Cullison
ISBN : 0990846539
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Each of us who served in Vietnam was the guy next door, the average Joe, not a hero. The boy who might date your daughter or sister. The young man who might mow your yard. In Vietnam, we weren't out to be heroes. We just did our jobs. For a helicopter pilot, each day was like all the others. You flew the mission and never stopped to think that it might be your last. You didn't think about the bullet holes in the helicopter, the cracks in the tail boom, or about any of it until night, lying in bed when you couldn't think of anything else. The Other Vietnam War is the story of the introduction to a new country, a backward culture, the perils of a combat zone, and the effects on a young lieutenant fresh out of flight school. It does not labor the reader with pages of white-knuckle adventures, as so many other fine books about the Vietnam War do. It instead focuses on the internal battle each soldier fought with himself to make sense of where he was, why he was there, and if he was good enough. The administrative duties of Commissioned officers, while tame compared to the exploits of valiant pilots who wrote about them, caused a deep introspection into life and its value in an enigmatic place like Vietnam. Aside from the fear, excitement, deliverance, and denial that each pilot faced, the inner battle he fought with himself took its toll. Some of us thought we'd find glory. But many of us discovered there is no glory in war.
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The Lucky Loadmaster

Author : Thomas F. Stalvey
ISBN : 9781468539639
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The Lucky Loadmaster is an action packed book. It does not matter whether you are with the airmen in Vietnam, the first night of TET or just reading about the author’s hair raising childhood adventures. Sometimes growing up and learning defensive moves in a small middle North Carolina town can be interesting. For the first time, a book written that is about the honest daily occurrences and multiple battles of a real airman in Vietnam. These were battles like others, in which people died and others became heroes. Battles in which crews looked death in the face multiple times each day, flying into places without the security of arms or cover ,the stress of actual war. Tom Stalvey’s wishes to enlist and study at the great Air Force electronics schools at the time, did not come to pass, instead he was assigned to the very élite and extremely dangerous rolls of an enlisted aircrew member. The courses these young men completed were at the considered complete college courses equal to obtaining a degree in a matter of months. The duty aboard the Lockheed C-130 Hercules as a Weight and balance Technician or Loadmaster was and still is essential. He was destined to end up in Vietnam. after two and a half years of training and protocol Only a slight recess was given these airmen as these young men were handed the keys to three fourths of a C-130 aircraft. Most of them averaged 22 years of age. Trained at doing their jobs by the book they soon learned that doing so in Vietnam could cost time and lives. Great at modifying plans on the run, many were awarded our nation’s highest war time decorations. Laugh out loud as you follow a young boy into what must have been The start of The Lucky Loadmaster’s ironic heavenly inspired protection and cry for the pain of his broken body!
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Flying Through Midnight

Author : John T. Halliday
ISBN : 0312942036
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A former 606 Special Operations Squadron member recounts his 1970 secret combat mission over the Ho Chi Minh Trail, during which he struggled for survival by utilizing daredevil piloting tactics to outmaneuver thousands of anti-aircraft shells.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

A Hellish Place Of Angels

Author : Daryl J. Eigen
ISBN : 9781475932126
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In this memoir, Eigen gives voice to his and his fellow veterans' experiences of the Vietnam War that culminated in September of 1967 in the brutal battle of Con Thien. Through letters written home, blended with published media and real experiences, A Hellish Place of Angels provides an in-depth and riveting insight into war.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

To The Limit

Author : Tom A. Johnson
ISBN : 9781597974462
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Helicopter pilots in Vietnam kidded one another about being nothing but glorified bus drivers. But these "rotor heads" saved thousands of American lives while performing what the Army classified as the most dangerous job it had to offer. One in eighteen did not return home. Tom A. Johnson flew the UH-1 "Iroquois" -- better known as the "Huey" -- in the 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion of the First Air Cavalry Division. From June 1967 through June 1968, he accumulated an astonishing 1,600 flying hours (1,150 combat and 450 noncombat). His battalion was one of the most highly decorated units in the Vietnam War and, as part of the famous First Air Cavalry Division, helped redefine modern warfare. With tremendous flying skill, Johnson survived rescue missions and key battles that included those for Hue and Khe Sanh and operations in the A Shau and Song Re valleys, while many of his comrades did not. His heartfelt and riveting memoir will strike a chord with any soldier who ever flew in the ubiquitous Huey and any reader with an interest in how the Vietnam War was really fought.
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