Da Nang Diary: A Forward Air Controller's Gunsight View of Combat in Vietnam

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Macmillan, Sep 16, 2002 - History - 352 pages
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In Vietnam, an elite group of air force pilots fought a secret air war in Cessna 0-2 and OV-10 Bronco prop planes-flying as low as they could get. The eyes and ears of the fast-moving jets who rained death and destruction down on enemy positions, the forward air controller made an art form out of an air strike-knowing the targets, knowing where friendly troops were, and reacting with split-second, life and death decisions as a battle unfolded. For Tom Yarborough, the risk was constant, intense, electrifying. A member of the super secret Prairie Fire unit, Yarborough became one of the most frequently shot-up pilots flying out of Da Nang-engaging in a series of dangerous secret missions in Laos. This is Yarborough's adrenaline-pumping chronicle of heroism, danger, and brotherhood in Vietnam. From the rescuing of downed pilots to taking out enemy positions, to the most harrowing day-long missions, here is the dedication, courage, and skill of the fliers who took the war into the enemy's backyard...

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Vague feelings of moral, political and strategic doubt hidden in pages of technical war procedure, airplane worship, adrenaline rushes, and alcohol-fed comradery. Read full review

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Even after all these years -this book catches you and you read about the flying- and you can imagine you are there -and even though I saw these guys every day I am still amazed at how they flew and what they went thru everytime they went up-my life on the ground with the wounded being flown out daily- well - we were the same but these FACs were something else there is a cd of songs by Skip ask a Covey Muff Divers Lounge By the way I have the Covey Plaque that used to hang on the door of the BOQ .I got it not the Doc Read the book live it with us -we were young -some died many lived rejoice in the life we had and have-I love them all and value what we had -Tom -what a flier- he was awesome-by the by I am Sherdeane Kinney in the book RN - of the MDL 4 I was no 5 -I kept the refrig filled since I had a connect with inflight kitchen-he should write about all that --write -ask him - read --- 


Flying Over the Ho Chi Minh Trail
XRay Mission Laos
Prairie Fire
Rescue at Route 966
Combat Instructor
Battle Damage
Outside the Envelope
The Covey Bomb Dump
All Points of the Compass
Valley of the Shadow of Death
SAR on the Trail
The Year of FiftyThree Weeks

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Tom Yarborough served in the Air Force for thirty years in a variety of flying and staff assignments. A command pilot, he logged 5,000 hours of flying time, with over 1,500 of them in combat. During his two Vietnam tours as a forward air controller, he earned thirty combat decorations, including the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, Air Medal, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. Now a business executive, he lives in West Springfield, Virginia, where he maintains ties to the academic community as an adjunct history professor at Northern Virginia Community College.

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