FACs (forward air controllers) in Vietnam flew low and slow, searching for signs of an elusive enemy. Often they trolled themselves as bait for the NVA troops to try to shoot down. When a friendly unit made contact, having a FAC overhead made their day, because the FACs controlled the bomb-, rocket-, and napalm-laden fast movers, fighter jets, and attack aircraft whose ordnance often made the difference between life and death. They were regarded by many of their air force and naval aviator brethren as insane, suicidal, or both. In addition to the perils of enemy fire which ranged from lucky AK-47 shots to .51 caliber machine guns and SA-7 shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles, they had to watch out to keep from being blown up in a B-52 Arc-Light strike or knocked down by friendly artillery.
"Jackson's story paints the actual picture: honorable American soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines doing the best job possible under the given conditions while never losing that quality which throughout our nation's history has defined every American service member--humanity."
BOOKVIEWS BY ALAN CARUBA
..".a Vietnam War memoir that is one of best I've read in a while. It is a compelling picture of the hopes, fears, and motivations of the average American GI. It redefines the usual stories about that war that talk about drugs, booze and insanity. That never was the norm and the heroism of those that fought that war finally gets the presentation it deserves."
"Already drawing comparisons to M*A*S*H* for its irreverent humor, this book will appeal to anyone who served in the military as well as to civilian audiences."
|Preface-A Charmed Life||p. 9|
|The FACs of Life||p. 13|
|Troops in Contact||p. 20|
|A Cocoon Called Tipp||p. 41|
|An Officer and a Gentleman?||p. 53|
|The Year of Fifty-three Weeks||p. 66|
|I Will Survive||p. 84|
|Flying Blind||p. 6|
|Life with Charlie||p. 121|
|The Rockets' Red Glare||p. 143|
|Naked in Da Nang||p. 171|
|Heaven and Hell||p. 219|
|Spring Forward, Fall Back||p. 246|
|Epilogue: "We Never Got Our Parade"||p. 277|
|Co-Author's Note||p. 281|
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Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 2nd September 2010
Publisher: Motorbooks International
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24 x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.48