I was a combat helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War in 1969. I flew hundreds of missions during some of the heaviest fighting of the war. I recently wrote a book about my experience and it is now a best seller on Amazon. AMA.
My short bio:
In the summer of 1967, I dropped out of college just before entering my third year. I had run out of money and would soon be drafted. In order to somewhat control my own future, I enlisted in the U.S. Army’s helicopter flight school program.
I flew hundreds of missions for the 119th AHC, stationed in the Central Highlands at Camp Holloway in Pleiku, Vietnam. I was awarded twenty-five Air Medals, four campaign Bronze Stars, and The Distinguished Flying Cross among numerous other awards.
I recently wrote a book about my experiences. Guts 'N Gunships is currently a #1 Best Seller in its category. It describes the whole process, from basic training, flight school, flying combat in Vietnam, and my return to the United States. It includes many incidents in combat flight, including being hit by rocket propelled grenades and being on fire in the air, over hundreds if not thousands of enemy troops. I also describe the daily lives, emotions, and nuances of the pilots and what we considered their mission to be.
I also recently recorded an interview for the Veteran's History Project. You can find all the videos on my YouTube channel.
My son was helping me with the video replies, but he had to go home. I'm not a superb typist, but I'll try to keep up the old fashioned way with a keyboard.