By Robert Mason
A beautiful e-book in regards to the correct stuff within the unsuitable struggle. As a toddler, Robert Mason dreamed of levitating. As a tender guy, he dreamed of flying helicopters - and the U.S. military gave him his probability. They despatched him to Vietnam the place, among August 1965 and July 1966, he flew greater than 1,000 attack missions. In Chickenhawk, Robert Mason offers us a devastating bird's eye-view of that struggle in all its horror, as he stories the accelerating terror, the more and more determined braveness of a guy 'acting out the function of a hero lengthy after he realises that the behavior of the battle is insane,' says the hot York occasions, 'And we can't cease ourselves from picking out with it.'
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Although one regiment, the 4th Marines, remained in Thua Thien protecting the western approaches to Hue, the bulk of the 3d Division was in Quang Tri Province, mainly facing north, to counter th e expected enemy onslaught . Quang Tri Province contains some 1,800 squar e miles, extending about 45 miles north and south and 40 miles east and west . Its rugged interior rises to the west with jungled canopied peaks reaching heights of 1,700 meters near the Laotian border. Eastern Quang Tri is characterized by a narro w coastal plain and a piedmont sector of rolling hills .
GVN endeavor, and to back away from it now could not con ceivably be identified with progress in the war. " Another alternative was to invade North Vietnam , which also was not feasible, because of logistic an d political ramifications . Krulak believed the only *Lieutenant General Louis Metzger noted that the operationa l names had little significance for the Marines who were there : " It was all one big battle . For most of us, one so-called operation looked jus t like another. " LtGen Louis Metzger, Comments on draft chapter, dt d 17Oct94 (Vietnam Comment File), hereafter Metzger Comments .
S. Army 's 1st Division " to lear n how to construct bunkers . As humiliating as this was for Marines, Ge n Westmoreland was absolutely right : Marines didn't have a clue how t o construct good bunkers . " Col John C . Studs, Comments on draft chapter, dtd 22Nov9 4 (Vietnam Comment File). Major Gary E . Todd, who served on the 3d Marine Division staff, observed that field fortifications "seemed to end up with as much of the thing above ground as below, filling sandbag s with soil to raise walls and parapets.
Chickenhawk: A Shattering Personal Account of the Helicopter War in Vietnam by Robert Mason