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A Marine Corps Helicopter Squadron In
Experience the fatigue and hardships,
the passion, the love and brotherhood shared by the Marine pilots and
aircrewmen. Their survival became their victory!
|| A CORPSMAN'S LEGACY
Author: Stephanie Hanson
Publisher: Leatherneck Publishing
Adopted at birth, Stephanie Hanson
begins a search for her biological parents and learns her father, Gary
Norman Young, was killed in the Vietnam War before she was born. To
unravel the mystery of his death, she hears first-hand from other
veterans of her father's world of courage and bravery as a helicopter
crewmember in 1969. She learns of the remarkable relationship that
exists between Marines and their Navy Corpsmen, and realizes she has
now inherited the honor and respect given to her father. After years of
perseverance, Stephanie finally obtains the medals and honors her
father earned for his sacrifice and service, through the help of
veterans, the Marine Corps Commandant and a United States Senator.
During her journey, she locates the family members of the men who died
with her father and helps other veterans and children connect with each
other. Embraced by thousands of veterans, she discovers the greatest
gift her father left her is the legacy of healing.
|| Warrior Culture of the U.S.
Gung Ho! Up-beat! POLITICALLY IN-CORRECT
and proud of it! The ultimate book for Marine Warriors.
Part One embraces Marine Corps history
and life in the Corps. Readers will find everything from Tun Tavern to
The Marines' Hymn. With its gung-ho and inspirational theme, Part One
is a treasure trove for all who have earned the title.
Part Two offers Happy Hour fare for U.S. Marines. Yet, Marines find
wisdom in these jocular proverbs. Those who ignore these timeless
truths of combat do so at their own peril.
|| Murphy's Laws of Combat
The American Warrior's Guide to Stayling
Alive in Battle
Air Force Zoomies and Navy Squids.
Army Doggies and Marine Corps Jarheads. Listen up! Want to stay alive
in combat? If so, read and heed Murphy's Laws, rules, axioms, and
advice for warriors. If you hate warrior wannabes and whiny-babies,
this is the book for you. Separate chapters for Infantry and Aviation
Laws of Combat. Special laws for those who ride in helicopters.
Accident Reports and Voice Transcripts
from Airline Crash Investigations
Readers embark on a brutally accurate
journey through Commercial Aviation History. They re-live the airline
accidents which have marred man's conquest of the skies. MAYDAY is a
gut-wrenching and mesmerizing read for all Aviation Enthusiasts. The
book examines airline accidents caused by mechanical failure, fire,
mid-air collisions, terrorist hijackings, sabotage, suicide, mistaken
identity shoot-downs, fuel exhaustion, human error, and other aerial
perils. Armed with meticulous research, the author cuts through the fog
of aviation jargon and describes each accident in easy-to-understand
|| ALMOST A HERO
Their first mistake when setting out
to destroy Jacob Reynolds was forgetting that "Once a Marine, always a
Marine." Their second mistake was not realizing that once fear of death
has been faced, new terrors serve only as aphrodisiacs.
|| MARINE HELO
Helicopter War in Vietnam With the U.S.
It's dangerous to keep a diary in a
combat zone. So I wrote a letter home everyday where they were filed
chronologically. This book is a distillation of some three loose leaf
notebooks of letters. It captures the frame of mind at the time.
by Phillip Jennings
What Joseph Heller did for World War
II, what Richard Hooker did for the Korean War in M*A*S*H, no one has
been able to do for Vietnam, until now. Phillip Jennings is a true
patriot, a decorated Marine Corps captain who served two tours of duty
in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot, flew for Air America in Laos and then
served in the CIA. Like Heller and Hooker, he did his duty, but he did
it with his eyes open. Now, transformed by his wild imagination, he
shows us what he saw. Never before has the insanity of the Vietnam war
been so scathingly and entertainingly depicted..
|| A SENSE OF DUTY: MY FATHER,
MY AMERICAN JOURNEY
a memoir by Quang X. Pham
Thirty years after the fall of Saigon,
a former refugee (and Marine helicopter pilot) retraces his journey
from Vietnam and reunion with his imprisoned father. On sale April 12,
2005 from Ballantine Books, $24.95. www.asenseofduty.com
"Every American should read
this wonderful story to better appreciate the freedoms we enjoy."
-General Anthony C. Zinni, USMC (Ret.)
by Robert F. Dorr
A History of America Military
Helicopter Operations from WWII to the War on Terror (Hardcover)
Real-life stories from the pilots and
From its first use in military operations, during a rescue mission
behind enemy lines in 1944, to its crucial role in Vietnam, to the
Black Hawk combat copters in the current war on terror, the helicopter
changed the face of aviation-and the face of warfare. Whether they are
bringing supplies and medical help or coming to the rescue of trapped
soldiers, the modern battlefield could not function without them.
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|| 35 MILES FROM SHORE
by Emilio Corsetti
The Ditching and Rescue of ALM
Flight 980 (Paperback)
On May 2, 1970, a DC-9 jet with 57
passengers and a crew of six departed from New York.s JFK International
Airport en route to the tropical island of St. Maarten, but four hours
and 34 minutes later the flight ended in the shark-infested waters of
the Caribbean. It was, and remains, the only open-water ditching of a
commercial jet. The subsequent rescue of survivors took nearly three
hours and involved the coast guard, navy, and marines. This gripping
account of that fateful day recounts what was happening inside the
cabin, the cockpit, and the helicopters as the crews struggled against
the weather and dwindling daylight to rescue the survivors, who had
only their life vests and a lone escape chute to keep them afloat.
|| MASTERS OF THE ART
by Ron Winter
A Fighting Marine's Memoir of
No punches are pulled in this gripping account of
Vietnam combat through the eyes of a Marine helicopter crewman and door
gunner with more than three hundred missions under his belt.
Masters of the Art is a bare-knuckles
tribute to the Marines who served in Vietnam. It.s about courage,
sacrifice, and unsung heroes. The men who fought alongside Winter in
that jungle hell were U.S. Marines, warriors who did their job and
remained true to their country, no matter the cost. Read an excerpt
of this book.
Masters of the Art was superb!
- Gen. (ret.) Al Gray, former Commandant, USMC
|| CONQUEST OF THE MASK
by Gary L. Bolter
A short book of aphorisms
The author has created these aphorism as a small
treasure chest of Life-Lessons-Learned intended to elevate the reader's
soul on a day by day basis. Although many of principles seem familiar
in meaning, almost none of them are familiar literary or philosophic
phases. They are simple, direct, fun, funny and whimsical at times. The
author even throws in a few jokes to contemplate. All of the Aphorisms
are pregnant with inspiration and meaning and the author's tone is
soothing, simple and free. His voice is crystal clear and the poetry of
the aphorisms have an excellent rhythm. The artistry of the lines is
visual, spiritual and casual. Enjoy.
|| FLYING DEATH - THE VIETNAM
by SAMUEL K. BEAMON
HMM-164 Crew Chief
No matter what conflict that a helicopter and its
crew flies into, the job, the level of responsibility and the feelings
are the same. There have been many stories of those that served in
Vietnam. Some stories have been of combat units, battles, Pilots that
had been shot down and captured, along with some helicopter squadrons.
This story gives a different prospective of the war. The troops on the
ground would hear the sounds of a helicopter coming into their area.
Looking up, they saw this complex flying machine blowing sand and dust
all around. The chopper brought in anything and everything that the
troops needed. The wounded and dead were evacuated. Reenforcements were
delivered and the troops were brought back to their camps. Did the
troops ever think about the people that operated these helicopters?
What did it take to keep the machines flying? What kind of pressures
were the flight crews facing on a daily basis? This story is the
memories of a Combat Helicopter Crew Chief doing the what was necessary
to accomplish the mission of supporting the troops.
|| SCARFACE 42
by Robert W. Robinson
"Scarface 42" call sign of the author, a veteran
of 1140 combat missions is a compilation of selected factual actions of
USMC Helicopter Squadron HML-367 during the author's tour in Vietnam
during 1969-1970. Events include rescue operations of downed aircraft
crews, attack missions using the firepower of the squadron's deadly
UH-1E Hueys, AH-1G Huey Cobras, and day to day activities of a Marine
helicopter squadron in combat. The fun, the tragedies, and the heroics
that occurred are reflected in the esprit d'corps of the squadron.
|| LBJ's HIRED GUN
by John J. Gebhart
A Marine Helicopter Gunner's
War in Vietnam
Many Vietnam memoirs have appeared in recent
years, but not a single one has the humor, pathos, poignancy, and often
sheer hilarity of John J. Gebhart's riveting LBJ'S Hired Gun. As
Gebhart tells it, he was a "smart-mouthed college boy" who joined the
Marines to see the world and "dust a few black pajamas for Uncle Sam."
Two grueling tours of duty later (1965-1967) he returned home as a
sergeant after surviving 240 combat missions (12 air medals) and being
shot down twice. LBJ's Hired Gun is the story of an enlisted man who
lived on a dead-end street in West Philadelphia, intent on lifting your
spirits and putting a smile on your face as you journey with him across
the world and meet the people, explore the places, and relive the
events that shaped Marine Corps history in Vietnam from September 1965
to September 1967.
|| THE POLITICALLY INCORRECT
GUIDE TO THE VIETNAM WAR
By Phillip Jennings
The Vietnam War was a tragic and dismal
failure.at least that is what the mainstream media and history books
would have you believe. Yet, Phillip Jennings sets the record straight
in The Politically Incorrect Guide. to the Vietnam War. In this latest
.P.I.G.., Jennings shatters culturally-accepted myths and busts
politically incorrect lies that liberal pundits and leftist professors
have been telling you for years. The Vietnam War was the most
important.and successful.campaign to defeat Communism. Without the
sacrifices made and the courage displayed by our military, the world
might be a different place. The Politically Incorrect Guide. to the
Vietnam War reveals the truth about the battles, players, and policies
of one of the most controversial wars in U.S. history.
|| AND MY MOTHER DANCED WITH
Adventures of a Marine in the
rear, to combat in Vietnam
Bruce Hoffman spent four years in the United
States Marine Corps. Two of those years were spent in Vietnam and
Okinawa. And My Mother Danced with Chesty Puller is the story of a
young Marine's adventures during the Vietnam War, sometimes humorous,
sometimes hair-raising. The story begins with a young man drawn into
the Marine Corps to become an Embassy Marine but he ends up stuck with
an office job instead. He struggles to get into the fight in Vietnam,
only to be stationed in South Carolina and is offered a part-time job
with a bootlegger to ride shotgun. When he finally arrives in Vietnam
he discovers that he isn't supposed to be there, but in Okinawa
instead, which turns out to be the land of booze and brothels. He was
able to find a few girlfriends along the way, not only in South
Carolina and Okinawa, but in Singapore, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Marines
weren't all in combat; many were "in the rear with the beer." After
volunteering three times for Vietnam he was able to transfer to Marine
Corps Helicopter Squadron VMO-2, and fly as an Aerial Gunner in UH-1E
Huey Helicopters. Finally, he became a Marine in combat.
|| LUMINOUS BASE
by BRUCE WILLIAMS-BURDEN
Stories about Corpsmen and
Helicopters, Courage and Sacrifice
Since the last century, in war and in peace, in
good weather and bad, the helicopter has proven itself over and over
again when it has been used for military medical evacuations, for
search and rescue missions, as well as for simple transportation. Among
the thousands who have flown on one of these aircraft have been U.S.
Navy Hospital Corpsmen who did so as aircrew members, as patients, or
as passengers. And between 1962 and 2007 there were fifty-seven of
these men who lost their lives. All of these corpsmen were killed far
from their homes in places that include Vietnam, Cambodia, Iraq,
Afghanistan, in both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, and in the
mountains of the Pacific Northwest and the American Southwest. The
contents of Luminous Base tells the individual story of each man, with
some of these accompanied by comments from family or friends.
|| A KILLING SHADOW
by RANDOLPH CREW
Described by one reader as a cross between Pat
Conroy's Lords of Discipline and Tom Clancy's Hunt for Red October, A
Killing Shadow is a fictional account of the helicopter war in Vietnam.
Set against the actual locations and historically accurate combat
actions of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine units in 1969, the story
weaves the exploits of First Lieutenant Ross Teemer, his friends Cat's
Ass, Freud, Teach, and Blue Dog, and their nemesis, Major Richard
Angus, around the aircraft and missions of that war. Infantry
operations, helicopter resupply, recon team insert and extract,
medevac, medical treatment, and close-air support serve as dramatic
backdrops for the struggle of wills between determined men. Missions
into Laos conducted by the Special Forces heighten the mystery
surrounding Major Angus and builds the plot's military intrigue.
Humorous, fast-moving, and full of characters you'll recognize from
your own life experiences--military or civilian--A Killing Shadow is
more than a good read; it's an engaging illustration of the
extraordinary effort Americans made for South Vietnam and for each
|| ONE-WAY MISSION
by RANDOLPH CREW
Cobra pilot Ross Teemer has killed for the CIA.
Now he never wants to kill again. Love found on a beach will do that to
a young man, even a Marine. But the father who haunts him, the CIA who
needs him, and the Marine Crops who owns him, want on one more mission.
Soviet pilot, Colonel Ivan Petrov, former advisor to the North
Vietnamese, has left Soviet control to run his own operation out of
Laos, and he knows why the CIA wants one more mission. Americans are so
soft, so gullible. Sometimes a man must do what he's never wanted to
do, and be what he's never wanted to be. Even if he's been betrayed,
and even if he's on a one-way mission. [video
by DON YOCOM
A short, fictional story based on actual people
and events during a hazardous recon extraction mission in 1966 Viet
Nam. The reader will ride in the cockpit of an H-34 helicopter and feel
the action as the pilots did. Both men and women will enjoy this 30
minute read that is true to the tradition of "a live man's smile". Only
available in digital format.
MOUNTAIN: A VIETNAM
Marble Mountain presents a personal account of a
young man's 1966 combat tour as a Marine helicopter pilot. Of the many
books I have read about Vietnam, Marble Mountain wins hand down for its
raw honesty, youthful naivety, and pure readability. Through riveting
imagery, Bud Willis finally opens a window of understanding for readers
of any age to experience the conflicting drama of one of the most
challenging periods of American history. Gripping, heart-wrenching, and
realistic, Bud's poignant memoir lingers with the reader well beyond
the conclusion of the book with a powerful message that is as relevant
today as it was 45 years ago. I thank the author and all of the men of
VMO-2 for the patriotism, courage, and bravery that they demonstrated
for future generations. They truly sparkled as shining examples othe
Marine Corps's promise of "a few good men." This book should be
required reading for all Americans, and its timing could make it a
Dr. Dianne Sawyer
American Literature and English Language Instructor.
by JOHN BODEN
is not a book by an experienced author nor will it be on a list of
great literature, but you will laugh out loud while enjoying the tales
of a great story teller. Live with John as he moves from boy to man,
learning to accept responsibility for himself and others as he meets
and exceeds his own expectations. As chance and opportunity presented
themselves, and because John was in the right place at the right time,
he reached out and took them. As circumstances unfolded and he was
handed extra responsibility, he took the tiger by the tail and did the
best he could. And, he never missed an opportunity to have fun while he
was at it...
GRUNTS, PILOTS & "DOCS"
by MICHAEL DAN KELLUM
about the United States Marine Corps has been a labor of love for me
over the past 20-plus years as I've researched the materials for Books
I & II, American Heroes: Grunts, Pilots & "Docs".
It didn't occur to me until recently that everyone who
participated in this project has given future historians an important
vignette of not only the Marine Corps but American history as it
pertains to the Vietnam War and the turbulent 1960s and early 1970s.
The storiesthat are recounted are not big unit action tales
of masses of men clashing but rather individual enlisted men's and
junior officers' personal glimpses of what they saw and felt in combat
GRUNTS, PILOTS & "DOCS"
Book II, American Heroes:
Grunts, Pilots & “Docs,” I relate the stories of Marines and
Corpsmen in combat in Vietnam and, as in Book I, their uncommon
heroism. The following personal narratives tell the unique history of
the times when idealistic young men served in the Marines in a war
between two countries half the land mass of Texas on the other side of
the earth to stop the spread of Communism...