Da Nang Diary: A Forward Air Controller's Gunsight View of Combat in Vietnam
THEY FLEW LOW, SLOW, AND INTO THE FACE OF ENEMY FIRE...
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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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 ---
I read a copy of this book that his brother let me borrow. I couldn't put it down it was so well written. I highly recommend it.
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