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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

Life Lessons

Author : Ian James Shepherd
ISBN : 9780595278800
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Life Lesson Number 324 Fire in the Hole! I just wanted to humiliate myself (one more time) by telling you a funny story about what happened to me this weekend. It was one of those situations where you think things can't get any worse, but they do. Let me set the background picture so you understand how and where this happened. We have had VBS play practice at the church building every evening and every day for the last three weeks. Sunday afternoon was no different. We finished at about 4:00 PM, which gave us just enough time to rush home to my favorite toilet (you know, the one that you're comfortable with) and take care of business, before returning to church. There's no place like home; there's no place like home. So on arrival I rush into our little bathroom at home, take care of business and sigh that sigh that we all sigh when that sense of great relief comes over us. Now, being the good husband that I am, and under strict instructions from my wife as to toilet etiquette, I reach down for a small decorative glass candle and a book of matches to light the "incense fire. I balance the small candle on my bare knee, strike the match, light the wick inside the glass and, reaching down, try to place the candle and matchbook on the floor. At this point, the candle slips, flipping on its side. Not a problem; I reach down and flip it back up, trying not to disturb the lovely decorative rope and flower ornaments around the candle. I return to my relaxation, and begin to read. Problem! When I had gently set the candle back in the upright position, a small piece of string had accidentally ended up dangling about an inch and half over the candle flame. High enough to not ignite immediately but long enough to lull me into a sense of relaxation. The offending string then proceeds to ignite into a lovely blue flame about three inches high. At this point I now have two open flames in the bathroom (candlewick and string). Problem! I scream for help, but no one hears me as the toilet door, bathroom door, and bedroom door are all shut. It is like being in Maxwell Smart's cone of silence. Since I knew that the combination of two open flames in a closed chamber filled with gas is not a good thing, panic begins to set in. Reaching down, I grab the candle jar and bring it close to my face blowing as hard as I can to put out the string fire. Problem! Important safety tip. Never, I repeat, never blow on a burning object with your pants down around your ankles. Why? Because small particles of burning debris tend to waft off and float downwards, sending hot coals into your underwear and onto the (what I perceive to be highly flammable) toilet carpet. (So, let me give you a visual recap of the situation at this point. I now have fire in the candle, fire on the string, hot coals in my underwear and burning embers on the carpet around the toilet [where I am still sitting]. Things could not get worse.) Problem! After much huffing and blowing at the open flame, the burning string finally goes out. At this point a temporary sense of relief overcomes me as a crisis appears to have been averted. Wrong! There is still much smoke coming from the burning string and hot embers are still wafting away to do whatever damage they can. In hindsight, my next move was really questionable. With the burning ember being so large (and my hands full at that time), the thought crossed my mind that I should lick my fingers and snuff out the burning string. "But," I thought to myself, "you will burn your thumb and finger if you do that." I then made a fateful choice. I said to myself, "Just wad up a huge bundle of toilet paper and grab the wick! The pressure will snuff out the ember since it will be in the middle of the paper and it won't flame up." (Don't go there. I know, I know...) So I grab the toilet roll, give it one mighty pull, and about six feet of paper hits the floor. I quickly do the lasso movement with my arm, wrapping the paper around my hand. I then crush
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Welcome To My Bunker Vietnamkriegserfahrung Im Internet

Author : Roland Leikauf
ISBN : 9783839433423
Genre : Social Science
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»Willkommen zurück!« - Auf tausenden Websites begrüßen Vietnamveteranen die Besucher in ihrer neuen Heimat: dem Internet. Das Netz hat für viele Beteiligte des längsten und umstrittensten Kriegs, den Amerika je geführt hat, eine wichtige Bedeutung gewonnen. Der Historiker Roland Leikauf zeigt: Hier findet nicht weniger als die radikale Redefinition der Konzepte »Vietnamveteran« und »Vietnamkrieg« statt. Die Studie lässt deutlich werden, warum die Kriegsverarbeitung im virtuellen »Raum« auch für die Veteranen aktueller Kriege immer wichtiger wird.
Category: Social Science

It Didn T Play In Peoria

Author : Gregory H. Wahl
ISBN : 9781439614167
Genre : History
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"Will it play in Peoria?" was an old Vaudeville phrase meaning, "Will it appeal to the average person?" The Illinois city has gained fame through the years, but more often as the butt of jokes or as an example of the typical Middle American town than through any recognition of its many accomplishments. But it had greatness in its grasp, and more than once. Peoria boasts a string of close brushes with prosperity, any one of which could have made it a Chicago or a St. Louis. Charles Lindbergh, for example, first approached Peoria for backing for his historic flight, but the town's moneymen refused him and his Spirit of Peoria, perhaps losing a chance at the airline industry as well.
Category: History

Missions Remembered

Author : Middle Tennessee WWII Fighter Pilots Association
ISBN : 0070016496
Genre : History
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From bailouts to belly landings, flaming cockpits to lurching carrier decks, here are the heoic tales of pilots from all backgrounds, united by a desire to fight their country's enemy to the finish. Drawn from a small corner of Tennessee, these men flew in all theatres of combat, in every front-line fighter aircraft. They soared to victory in the air--and fled from capture on the ground. This is a memorable anthhology of combat tales with great appeal both for veterans and historians.
Category: History

Cleared To Land

Author : Jeffrey K. Fozard Cw4 (Ret) Usa
ISBN : 9781438971230
Genre : History
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This book is about my three years in Vietnam as an Army Air Traffic Controller. This is not about a front-line infantry "Grunt." I was what is called a REMF. That anacronym is explained in my book. This is what happened to me and my fellow soldiers during my tours. I also flew as a door gunner on my days off for those three years. I have been around the southern tip of Vietnam and up to Dong Ha and Quang Tri near the DMZ In my three years in Vietnam, I flew over 1000 hours of combat time on my days off. I have been told that I should never have seen my 21st birthday. My "Welcome to Vietnam" in March '68 was a mortar attack as we got off the plane atTan Son Nhut Air Base. We were hit on my first night working as a controller. I spent three years "In-Country" as a controller. I started out in the Mekong Delta and worked my way north to Phu Bai which is just south of the DMZ.
Category: History

Nam Raw

Author : Staff of McFarland
ISBN : 9781476628592
Genre : History
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Category: History

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ISBN : UIUC:30112050136974
Genre : Police, State
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Category: Police, State


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ISBN : UOM:39015023306494
Genre : Aeronautics
File Size : 66.33 MB
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Category: Aeronautics