Red Bird Down
In Red Bird Down! we follow young Kevin from his introduction to Air Cavalry operations in Vietnam to the startling conclusion. We watch as Kevin slowly discovers the deadly disconnection between what is happening “in country” and what the high-ranking officers and politicians in Washington think is happening. We see him mature from an idealist whose goal is to give the South Vietnamese a chance at democratic government to a hardened veteran whose only goal is to keep anyone else from dying — even if it means sacrificing himself. Written by Bruce Carlson, a C-7/17 Air Cav Scout Pilot.
Red Bird Publications, P. O. Box #572, Lexington, Nebraska 68850. $12.99 and $3.00 shipping and handling; ISBN: 0-9701560-0-6
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. Author Lawrence H. Johnson traces the development of the Air Cavalry concept from its tenuous beginnings to its present-day status as an accepted member of the combined arms team. Available in paperback for the first time, Winged Sabers should remain an indispensable resource for years to come. Written by the son of a 7/17th Air Cav commander!
Stackpole Books, $19.95, ISBN: 0-8117-2988-5
Merry Christmas and a Happy PTSD
by Christopher Oelerich, Jean Hamilton and Renae Killen (Sep 8, 2013). Christopher was a scout pilot from B Troop. On Amazon for Kindle and as a paperback.
7/17th Cav History on CD
by Mike Law, former president of Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association. Send a $15 check payable to Mike Law to: Mike Law, 631 Lakeview Blvd Apt B303, New Braunfels, TX 78130-4017
A memoir dedicated to the memory of Colonel Lawrence Johnson who served in the 7/17 Air Cav, by Mike Manger. ISBN 978-1451501155. On Amazon.com, search “Shaggy Six”More info
Mission of Honor (A moral compass for a moral dilemma)
by Jim Crigler, 1600 Gilmore Ave. #100, Winona, MN 55987,firstname.lastname@example.org
As a UH-1 Helicopter pilot flying in the jungle highlands of South Vietnam, Warrant Officer Jim Crigler and the men he flew with were tested daily. Coming of age in the late 1960s and early 1970s was challenging for most young men of that era. Throw in drugs, free love, draft notices, the Vietnam War and a country deeply divided, and you have one of the most important books of this genre.
This true story is a raw, bold, introspective autobiography where the author openly wrestles with his personal moral dilemma to find meaning and purpose in his life.
Available from Amazon, at bookstores and online.