I'm the author of Guts N' Gunships, a best selling book about my experience as a combat helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War in 1969. I flew hundreds of missions during some of the heaviest fighting of the war, and even have an audio recording of m...
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.
In 2015 I wrote a book about my experiences. Guts 'N Gunships was a best seller on Amazon for several months. It was #1 in non-fiction and #11 overall on Amazon e-books. 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.
After the book was released, I discovered a tape that had been recorded of the mission where I was nearly shot down by two RPGs. You can watch it here. (My callsign is Pigpen.)
In 2018 I was in the Wall's Embrace, a documentary about the Vietnam Memorial, better known as the Wall, in Washington, D.C. It was a well done documentary about the healing effects of the Wall when veterans and their families visit.
I also recorded an interview for the Veteran's History Project. You can find all the videos on my YouTube channel.
My son is a veteran of the Iraq War (2003-2004) and he is here today to help me with the technical side of the AMA.
Here's my verification photo and I will also post on my Facebook page for Guts N' Gunships after the post is live.
Edit: I have updated my Facebook page for Guts N' Gunships for additional proof. You can see the post here: https://www.facebook.com/GutsNGunships