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Post by Guest on Thu 21 Jan 2016 - 21:36

Not sure if this has been already been posted, but....

I am messing with the ME building something interactive and was doing a bit of research and came across these 2 snippets..  an audio recording on video of an engagement in Vietnam by Mark Garrison (promoting his book GUTS 'N GUNSHIPS: What it was Really Like to Fly Combat Helicopters in Vietnam) and on reddit, Mark recently describing how he felt during it..

I'm sure someone here has read the book, looks interesting, worth getting?



"It was incredible. That day, I got hit with 2 RPGs in the rocket pods, hanging them up in flames and the jettison systems were shot out and so were the miniguns. The back crewchief and gunner had to get out of the aircraft on the skids at more than 120 knots( I had to gain airspeed to keep the flames the licking at the rocket warheads and blow them back toward the fuel cell--it was a judgment call) and the crew kicked them off before we blew up. In the meantime an enemy round activated a red smoke grenade and threw it into an M60 ammo box and we went IFR(blind) in the cockpit and the hot grenade started cooking rounds off to keep us from getting bored. Another couple of dozen AK rounds made a transient visit through the aircraft and some other explosive round came through the cockpit floor and made it's exit out the door. After painting a bullseye on my helmet, I was too busy hanging my head out the other door so I could see where in the Hell I was going because of the smoke grenade. When I finally could see, I saw we were headed for a ridge line so I flared and we cleared it with the belly of the aircraft brushing the trees. Then we had an electrical fire in the cockpit we had to deal with. SO, yeah, archaway, although I was OK in the air, when I got back to base on terra firma, it was as if I had Parkinson's. I could hardly hold a beer w/o spilling it! "

https://www.reddit.com/r/videos/comments/41ed1p/i_found_a_47_year_old_recording_of_myself_nearly/

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Post by (B/229) NeF on Thu 21 Jan 2016 - 22:34

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Post by (A/229) Hawkeye on Thu 21 Jan 2016 - 22:41

here's what (I believe) his story/video of him (Garrison) describing that day.

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Post by (B/229) evilivan on Fri 22 Jan 2016 - 4:53

Just bought it the other day; will report back when I've read it.

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Post by (B/229) NeF on Fri 22 Jan 2016 - 5:34

Yes please do, any one else read it? I'm tempted so to say.
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Post by Guest on Sat 23 Jan 2016 - 3:47

Kindle version was not expensive - £2.70 or $3.8 ... so just bought it, I'm sure it will be an interesting read...

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Post by (B/229) Cib on Sat 23 Jan 2016 - 3:52

Yeah I read first couple of chapters as preview with kindle, very well written Cool
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Post by (B/229) Cib on Sat 23 Jan 2016 - 4:12

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I bought this novel in 1990, rereading it again it is very good and if you get the chance worth a read
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Post by (B/229) evilivan on Sat 23 Jan 2016 - 6:07

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I bought this novel in 1990, rereading it again it is very good and if you get the chance worth a read



...just read that too - recommended. Its a novel, but based on the experiences of the author while flying choppers in Nam. I've also recently bought:

Gunship Pilot: An Attack Helicopter Warrior Remembers Vietnam
The Other Vietnam War: A Helicopter Pilot's Life in Vietnam

..all very cheap for Kindle at the moment (less than 3GBP each - cheaper than a pint...). An no, I'm not obsessed. Not at all.

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