Rattler One-seven: A Vietnam Helicopter Pilot's War Story

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University of North Texas Press, 2004 - History - 229 pages
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Rattler One-Seven puts you in the helicopter seat, to see the war in Vietnam through the eyes of an inexperienced pilot as he transforms himself into a seasoned combat veteran. When Chuck Gross left for Vietnam in 1970, he was a nineteen-year-old army helicopter pilot fresh out of flight school. He spent his entire Vietnam tour with the 71st Assault Helicopter Company flying UH-1 Huey helicopters. Soon after the war he wrote down his adventures, while his memory was still fresh with the events. Rattler One-Seven (his call sign) is written as Gross experienced it, using these notes along with letters written home to accurately preserve the mindset he had while in Vietnam. secret teams into Laos. He notes that Americans were left behind alive in Laos, when official policy at home stated that U.S. forces were never there. He also participated in Lam Son 719, a misbegotten attempt by the ARVN to assault and cut the Ho Chi Minh Trail with U.S. Army helicopter support. It was the largest airmobile campaign of the war and marked the first time that the helicopter was used in mid-intensity combat, with disastrous results. Pilots in their early twenties, with young gunners and a Huey full of ARVN soldiers, took on experienced North Vietnamese antiaircraft artillery gunners, with no meaningful intelligence briefings or a rational plan on how to cut the Trail. aircraft sustained combat damage. Gross himself was shot down and left in the field during one assault. Rattler One-Seven will appeal to those interested in the Vietnam War and to all armed forces, especially aviators, who have served for their country.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1First Assignment
7
Chapter 2Company Checkout
17
Chapter 3Newbie
27
Chapter 4My Cherry
33
Chapter 5Special Operations
49
Chapter 6Goodbye Friend
67
Chapter 7Laughing and Crying
79
Chapter 8The Holidays
91
Chapter 13Landing Zone Delta
155
Chapter 14Realization
171
Chapter 15Chu Lai
181
Chapter 16RR
191
Chapter 17Homeward Bound
199
Epilogue
207
Notes
213
Glossary
215

Chapter 9Quang Tri
109
Chapter 10Rank
121
Chapter 11Lam Son 719
133
Chapter 12Lz Lolo
145

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