Fighting to Leave: The Final Years of America's War in Vietnam, 1972-1973 (Google eBook)

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MBI Publishing Company, Sep 15, 2008 - History - 336 pages
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Perhaps more vexing than any part of the Vietnam War--Americas longest--was getting out. This book offers a chronicle of those last difficult years, 1972 and 1973, that is at once a detailed and thorough overview and at the same time a vividly personal account. The year 1972 found Marine Corps pilot Robert E. Stoffey beginning his third combat tour in Vietnam.

After flying 440 combat missions out of Da Nang and Marble Mountain Airfields in South Vietnam (and being shot down twice) between 1965 and 1970, Stoffey was in a unique position to judge the United States changed strategy. From the vantage point of the USS Oklahoma City, he fought--and observed--the critical and complex last two years of the war as Marine Air Officer and Assistant Amphibious Warfare Officer on the staff of the Commander, Seventh Fleet. As the South Vietnamese battled for survival against the onslaught from the Communist North Vietnamese Army, the U.S. Seventh Fleet, afloat in the Gulf of Tonkin and the South China Sea, was a significant supporting force.

With the U.S. Navys mining of North Vietnams waterways, concentrated shore bombardments, and air attacks, this sea power was instrumental in leading to the negotiated end of the war and return of our POWs. This is the story that Robert Stoffey tells in his firsthand account of how the Vietnam War finally ended and what it took to get our POWs home.

  

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I just happened across this by mistake. I know Bob Stoffey very well from our years together. Usually his books are accurate. However, this page that I stumbled on is a bit off. I brought over 15 CH-53D's, not 12 CH-53A's. Big difference in capabilities and numbers. Also, we were ordered out of Kaneohe to Westpac by CINCPAC, who was his bosses' boss. I would have thought he would have been cut into the loop. John Van Nortwick, LtCol, USMC (ret) --- still vertical after 78 years,  

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Contents

Foreword
9
Preface
12
Acknowledgments
15
Introduction
17
Chapter 1 Afloat with the Seventh Fleet
25
Chapter 2 The NVA Invades
38
Chapter 3 The Fall of Quang Tri City
52
Chapter 4 Bat 21
59
Chapter 13 Stranglehold on North Vietnam
170
Chapter 14 Marine Hunter Killers
194
Chapter 15 Preparing for End Sweep
215
Chapter 16 Linebacker II
236
Chapter 17 The End Nears
245
Chapter 18 Ceasefire
250
Chapter 19 Operation End Sweep
255
Chapter 20 Operation Homecoming
269

Chapter 5 The Seventh Fleet Counterattacks
73
Chapter 6 B52s Return to the North
89
Chapter 7 MiGs and the Redeye Missile
95
Chapter 8 Mining Haiphong Harbor
104
Chapter 9 Operation Linebacker
111
Chapter 10 The Defense of Hue City
128
Chapter 11 Lam Son 72
145
Chapter 12 Retaking Quang Tri City
160
Chapter 21 Back to the Real World
276
Epilogue
291
Appendixes
302
Bibliography
329
Glossary
330
Index
332
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About the author (2008)

Robert E. Stoffey (ret.) served as a Marine Corps pilot for twenty-five years and flew twenty-two different types of airplanes and helicopters. His numerous military decorations include two Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Navy-Marine Medal for Personal Heroism, twenty-five Air Medals, the Bronze Star, the South Vietnamese Medal of Honor, and the South Vietnamese Air Cross of Gallantry. After retiring from the Marine Corps, Stoffey worked for Rockwell International Microelectronics and Hughes Semiconductors and was vice president of a laser manufacturer before taking civilian retirement. He is the author of Cleared Hot! and is currently writing novels. Stoffey lives with his wife, Eleanor, in Southern California.

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