With the escalation of the Vietnam War in the late 1960s, the American military discovered it needed a new kind of helicopter to cope with the rugged environmental and combat conditions its fighting men were encountering The need resulted in the development of the Bell UH 1 Iroquois and the Boeing Vertol CH 47 Chinook Now they just needed the pilots, flight engineers, crew chiefs and gunners to man them In a sense they were LOOKING FOR FLYBOYS.Tom Messenger s memoir follows his experiences as a Chinook flight engineer on missions over Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos It not only relates the tales of those missions during the course of the war but also his interactions with fellow soldiers and the civilian population Tom s stories run the gamut from recounting the dangers of battle and capturing the anguish of war to the humorous situations of daily life in the Army so familiar to anyone who has ever served Tom Messenger...
|Title||:||Looking for Flyboys: One G.I.'s Journey: Vietnam 1970-1971|
|Publisher||:||Hellgate Press October 1, 2014|
|Number of Pages||:||218 pages|
|File Size||:||965 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Looking for Flyboys: One G.I.'s Journey: Vietnam 1970-1971 Reviews
This book is very well done. There isn't anything about it to criticize. It has all the qualities of a well researched and finally tuned story told with an honest and frank point of view. Whether you served in the military or not you will clearly understand how war effects all those affiliated with it in different ways. I served in Vietnam for 16 months with the 1st Cavalry Division as an infantry soldier during the same time the author was there. I will verify that his description of how it was is very accurate, The CH-47 Chinook was an extremely efficient aircraft that performed well beyond expectations. The crews were highly trained disciplined soldiers that put their lives on the line everyday for the infantry soldier. They were our lifeline for food, water, ordinance, equipment, transportation and our packages from home. Today almost 48 years later, I still look up at one flying over and and recall the relief it brought to the many tired and hungry souls who depended on it. Thousands of wounded soldiers survived because of It's ability to evacuate them to a medical facility swiftly. I salute the brave crews who served on them.
I lived across the street from Mr Messenger when I was a kid and was good friends with his daughter growing up. I bought the book to read because I knew him. However what I learned is I never really knew him at all. As kids we don't really think about our parents' or other adults lives before they had us. I always just though of him as Melissa's dad. We have labels for our parents friends....the fun one, the mean one, the cool one etc... I knew he had gone to Vietnam but never really had a full grasp on what it was like for him or what that meant.
Good story, but less details than I like. Too much drinking, partying and whoring than actual mission stories. Felt writer needs to speak to why Chinnok’s work in Vietnam was so vital.
I commend the author on his sincerity, his humor, his insight, and his perspective presented in the book. Penning ones experiences in a horrific theatre of the Vietnam war, without death and destruction dominating the theme, yet insuring the reader is well aware of the constant danger makes the story compelling. Of equal interest, is the authors perspective upon returning to the States that life in America changed little despite the horror abroad really hit home. The past 50 years we (U.S.) as a nation have willingly given the lives of our young men without inconvenience. That is surely not the definition of freedom. Freedom requires the sacrifice of all. It cannot be purchased. A profound political statement buried in one young man's post-traumatic memories. An excellent read. Well done Mr Messenger. Thank you for your service, your sacrifice, and your willingness to share both.
Thank our for your service. Thank you also for putting it in writing and making it an enjoyable read. Brought back many memories.
Interesting book about service on the big choppers. Author describes service and life in-country without over dramatically stating facts in an effort to make more interesting. The book does fall a little flat near the end when he’s home on leave but redeems itself in the last chapters.
So true,just like when I was a Chinook crew chief and on flight status. Chinook helicopters where my least favorite of all, but when I got assigned to a Chinook unit my opinion changed.
Written from the heart as well as memory. Would read more from this .author, great description of the feeling of that time.