Naked in Da Nang: A Forward Air Controller in Vietnam

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MBI Publishing Company, Nov 10, 2010 - History - 304 pages
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FACs (forward air controllers) in Vietnam flew low and slow, searching for signs of an elusive enemy. Often they trolled themselves as bait for the NVA troops to try to shoot down. When a friendly unit made contact, having a FAC overhead made their day, because the FACs controlled the bomb-, rocket-, and napalm-laden fast movers, fighter jets, and attack aircraft whose ordnance often made the difference between life and death. They were regarded by many of their air force and naval aviator brethren as insane, suicidal, or both. In addition to the perils of enemy fire which ranged from lucky AK-47 shots to .51 caliber machine guns and SA-7 shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles, they had to watch out to keep from being blown up in a B-52 Arc-Light strike or knocked down by friendly artillery.

 

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User Review  - traumleben - LibraryThing

Having spent 366 days as a Forward Air Controller in Vietnam, USAF veteran Mike Jackson does a masterful job of conveying the stress and boredom that characterize the combat experience. A gifted ... Read full review

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User Review  - jamespurcell - LibraryThing

An excellent book by someone who was there, in Vietnam, doing a tough job. Understated and well written by a kid from Ohio that became a man, of courage and dedication, during an ugly unpopular war ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword
7
PrefaceA Charmed Life
9
Chapter 1The FACs of Life
13
Chapter 2Troops in Contact
20
Chapter 3A Cocoon Called Tipp
41
Chapter 4An Officer and a Gentleman?
53
Chapter 5The Year of Fiftythree Weeks
66
Chapter 6I Will Survive
84
Chapter 10The Rockets Red Glare
143
Chapter 11Rats
161
Chapter 12Naked in Da Nang
171
Chapter 13Heaven and Hell
218
Chapter 14Spring Forward Fall Back
246
EpilogueWe Never Got Our Parade
277
CoAuthors Note
281
Afterword
284

Chapter 7Flying Blind
96
Chapter 8Bamboozled
111
Chapter 9Life with Charlie
121
Acknowledgments
290
Glossary
292
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Mike Jackson retired from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel in 1991 following 23 years on active duty. Formerly, he was executive director of the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. He and coauthor Tara Dixon-Engel are founders of the American Veterans Institute. Colonel Jackson and Ms. Dixon-Engel live near Dayton.

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