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eBook Red Bird Down : A Novel about Air Cavalry and Aero-Scouts in Vietnam epub
  • ISBN: 0970156006
  • Author: Bruce E. Carlson
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: Genre Fiction
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Red Bird Pubns; First edition. edition (May 30, 2000)
  • Pages: 490 pages
  • ePUB size: 1702 kb
  • FB2 size 1810 kb
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Further, Army Warrant Officer Pilots took the highest casuality rates of all ranks in Vietnam

Further, Army Warrant Officer Pilots took the highest casuality rates of all ranks in Vietnam. Yet, to the Almost ten years in the writing, "RED BIRD DOWN" is a deeply moving nal study of a young man's coming of age in Vietnam as an Aero-Scout helicopter pilot. These young pilots took the highest casualities of all the the helicopter pilots in Vietnam. Further, Army Warrant Officer Pilots took the highest casuality rates of all ranks in Vietnam.

Down : A Novel about Air Cavalry and Aero-Scouts in Vietnam.

book by Bruce Carlson. Red Bird Down : A Novel about Air Cavalry and Aero-Scouts in Vietnam.

A Novel about Air Cavalry and Aero-Scouts in Vietnam. Published May 30, 2000 by Red Bird Pubns. There's no description for this book yet.

Red Bird Down : A Novel about Air Cavalry and Aero-Scouts in Vietnam. Carlson, Bruce E. Published by Red Bird Publications. ISBN 10: 0970156006 ISBN 13: 9780970156006.

1 March 2019 at 20:06 ·. Public. Air Cavalry - Combat Flight Simulator.

The first air cavalry unit to see duty in Vietnam was the 1st Air Cavalry Division, in 1965. In addition, approximately 20 ACTs served as part of various infantry, cavalry, and mechanized units. A total of five air cavalry squadrons operated in Vietnam, including the well-known 1st Squadron/9th Cavalry of the 1st Air Cavalry Division. The last air cavalry troop departed Vietnam in early 1973.

The "hero" of "Red Bird Down" is typical of so many of these teenages and .

The "hero" of "Red Bird Down" is typical of so many of these teenages and men in the early twenties. He struggles with the tumult of an unpopular war, his mission, the deaths of friends, and his growing love and respect for the young men with whom he serves. This is not simply an action adventure book! The world has enough "Rambo" type works. While Kev, the hero, has plenty of action, adventure and misadventures, the reader will also laugh, cry, and learn to love the kids of Vietnam for who they were and all they accomplished. Using incidents from my own time in Vietnam, I have woven them into a Novelized form.

From the Publisher: The Air Cavalry Troops who served in Vietnam were an unusually . Author: Bruce E. Carlson

From the Publisher: The Air Cavalry Troops who served in Vietnam were an unusually courageous and resourceful lot. Constantly facing death, they developed a bravado and camaraderie that made them a force to be reckoned with. Winged Sabers is a comprehensive, multi-faceted volume on the men, the machines, and the missions that shaped this unique group. Carlson. Format: Paperback, 490pp. Book Description "RED BIRD DOWN" is a deeply moving nal study of a young man's coming of age in Vietnam as an Aero-Scout helicopter pilot. Lest We Forget : The Kingsmen, 101st Aviation Battalion, 1968.

On down wind it began to oscillate and the Chinook had to punch him off at. .Casper Platoon supported the Brigade until they all left Vietnam in August 1971. 335th Assault Helicopter Company Casper.

On down wind it began to oscillate and the Chinook had to punch him off at about 300 feet. With about 40 guys watching including the AC. I had my camera and for the life of me don’t know why I wasn’t taking pic’s. This helicopter’s crew chief was the pilot NCOIC for the Aero rilfle plt’s birds. His name was SFC John R Rock. AT this time the Sgt Rock Comics were hot). 174th Assault Helicopter Company Sharks.

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Ships from and sold by WeCareBookstore. This book is an excellent read for those who want to understand what this concept was about and how it played out on the battlefield. I do not believe that the Hunter/Killer team concept, as it existed in the Vietnam environment, would work in today's sophisticated anti-aircraft weapons environment. It was a unique time and place for the beginning of helicopter combat.

Almost ten years in the writing, "RED BIRD DOWN" is a deeply moving Psychological/Emotional study of a young man's coming of age in Vietnam as an Aero-Scout helicopter pilot. These young pilots took the highest casualities of all the the helicopter pilots in Vietnam. Further, Army Warrant Officer Pilots took the highest casuality rates of all ranks in Vietnam. Yet, to the bitter end, even in LS 719 in support of Vietnames only, they lived by their credo -- "Leave no one behind."

The "hero" of "Red Bird Down" is typical of so many of these teenages and men in the early twenties. He struggles with the tumult of an unpopular war, his mission, the deaths of friends, and his growing love and respect for the young men with whom he serves. Eventually, he discovers a bond, formed in the fire and cold steel of combat. It ia a bond which cannot be broken.

This is not simply an action adventure book! The world has enough "Rambo" type works. While Kev, the hero, has plenty of action, adventure and misadventures, the reader will also laugh, cry, and learn to love the kids of Vietnam for who they were and all they accomplished.

Using incidents from my own time in Vietnam, I have woven them into a Novelized form. Through a running dialogue with a "fictional" home-town minister and a fictional relationship to my own alter-ego, I have looked at many of the political, theological, and emotional issues of Vietnam and the tumult of the late 60's.

My "hero" is a very human boy/man who occasionally soars to great heights and then quickly balances this soaring with "bone-head" mistakes. Through it all he "grows up," takes responsibility for himself, and learns to deal with life and death well beyond his years.

For those who want a serious read about the young men of the "Great Helicopter War," this is the book. In 490 pages, the reader will feel the emotional depth of one young man, who was so typical of so many. Be prepared to occasionally put the book down to ponder the depth of these young men and the heights to which they soared. In the end, you will understand their dedication, commitment to each other, and why they said, "Leave no one behind."

Comments: (7)
Peras
Too much fluff and perspective. Very poor editing, misspelling and hence technical errors are rampant. Would be a good book if there wasn't so much fluff and author had stuck to storyline. I was there (B/7/17th)and take exception at anti-war digs embedded in story.
Adokelv
An interesting perspective from a soldier who had a different job in a place and time that i shared with him.
Anasius
Author Bruce Carlson has written a real action packed novel about the air cavalry and aero-scouts in Vietnam. It will take you across the skies and the mountains and the rivers of Nam as you are transported back to the Vietnam helicopter wars of late 60's. It brings you all those colorful aviation characters that feel and sound like real people. In fact, the entire book's story line is based loosely on Bruce's old outfit and his own tour of duty. So it has that realistic sense of place and time that only a pilot could have written.

In the story, you see this idealistic young officer who has visions of changing the world and helping the South Vietnamese people get a democratic government arrive in-country. In short order, his real education begins to reshape his outlook on the war and the country he is sent to help. In time, he becomes a hardened veteran whose goal is get everyone back safely and alive if possible.

The reader will find that this story is well told and full of action. Bruce who is now an ordained minister has crafted a masterpiece of literature for military genre books. Well worth picking up and reading.
Porgisk
This book is an excellent and accurate portrayal of air cavalry operations in Vietnam. The men who flew the outrageously dangerous air cav aeroscout mission, men like author Bruce Carlson - Kev in the book - did things face to face with the enemy few have ever experienced and, unfortunately, few will ever really understand. The story not only describes the situations they encountered - hovering around in the trees deep in enemy controlled territory, looking for signs of the Viet Cong and NVA, intentionally drawing fire in order to initiate a contact, risking their lives to save others - but also explains the psychologocal impact the mission had upon, and the emotional toll the mission exacted of, the young men who flew the little birds in combat. Anyone who has seen or expects to see, "We Were Soldiers" should read this book. For one important fact omitted in the movie is how General Kinnard, commander of the First Cav, knew where to insert Mel Gibson's (LTC Hal Moore's) battalion. It was as a result of two weeks of recon operations flown by the 1/9th Air Cav Squadron - conducting the same kind of close-in recon described by Bruce Carlson in "Red Bird Down." In real life it was the 1/9th Air Cav and its aeroscouts, such as Kev and his crew, who found and engaged the NVA unit near the base of Chu Pong Mountain and kicked off what became the battle of the Ia Drang Valley. Read about how the air cav really worked in "Red Bird Down." As a former air cav gunship pilot, I highly recommend "Red Bird Down."
Brialelis
I enjoyed this book, it brought back memories of when I was in Vietnam. I was in 7/17th Cavalry when Bruce was, only in a different troop. I was in maintenance and repaired the red birds. I have flown in LOH during this time and can relate well to the book. Bruce is very colorful and there is no bad lanquage I would let my wife and daughter read this book. Bruce is very detailed as to the actions of combat. There is some sad parts when people died. But combat involves death. The end of the books deals with some political problems faced by the troops. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Army avaition and avaition in Vietnam.
Opithris
Bruce Carlson has written a memorable and realistic rendition of the Air Calvary Troop experience in Vietnam. Being a former Executive Officer of an Air Calvary Troop, I can attest to the accuracy of much of what he describes. I was not a Scout pilot, but I witnessed each and every event he describes. Written as fiction, Mr. Carlson accurately describes the daily event's of an Air Calvary Troop ranging from the individual fear's and loneliness of the young crewmember to the act's of extrodinary heroism. Mr. Carlson tell's a tale only thinly veiled as fiction and most likely borne of his own experiences as an Air Calvary scout pilot in Vietnam. Though focussed on the experiences of an Air Calvary scout crew, this is a book that is relevant to all Vietnam experience. It is written in a manner that any Vietnam veteran can relate to and any family member of a Vietnam veteran can gain better understanding of the experience of the vietnam veteran. A particularly appealing aspect of this book is that (while I am somewhat biased, being a Vietnam veteran myself), I believe this is a book that is so engaging and so straight forward, that any reader will gain new insight's and appreciation for the experience's of Vietnam veteran's. I have read many books about the Vietnam experience written by Vietnam veteran's and other's, but none so poignant and family oriented as this. Mr. Carlson has done a magnificant job of translating what I believe to be his own personal experience into something I can be proud to share with a younger generation of American's. If I had a child coming of age in America today, with which I wanted to share my Vietnam experience, this is the book I would select to begin with. Hand salute to Mr. Carlson for an admirable work.
Original
From the beginning, I am amazed that young "Kev" shares many of the feelings and emotions I had when first arriving in country. I had the honor of serving with the author in C Troop 7/17th Air Cav and his book has helped me to see what we all endured. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in how the Air Cav worked in Vietnam. This book is a very effective tool to help with the healing many Vietnam Vets need. If you read no other book about the Vietnam war, read this one. Pray that our fighting men and women never have to endure an experience as this again.
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