The Typhoon Truce 1970

Author: Robert Curtis
Publisher: Casemate
ISBN: 161200329X
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It wasnÕt rockets or artillery that came through the skies one week during the war. It was the horrific force of nature that suddenly put both sides in awe. As an unofficial truce began, questions and emotions battled inside every air crewmanÕs mind as they faced masses of Vietnamese civilians outside their protective base perimeters for the first time. Could we trust them not to shoot? Could they trust us not to drop them off in a detention camp? Truces never last, but life changes a bit for all the people involved while they are happening. Sometimes wars are suspended and fighting stops for a while. A holiday that both sides recognize might do it, as happened in the Christmas truce during World War I. Weather might do it, too, as it did in Vietnam in October 1970. The Òtyphoon truceÓ was just as real, and the war stopped for three days in northern I Corps--that area bordering the demilitarized zone separating South Vietnam from the North. The unofficial Òtyphoon truceÓ came because first, Super Typhoon Joan arrived, devastating all the coastal lowlands in I Corps and further up into North Vietnam. Then, less than a week later came Super Typhoon Kate. Kate hit the same area with renewed fury, leaving the entire countryside under water and the people there faced with both war and natural disaster at the same time. No one but the Americans, the foreign warriors fighting throughout the country, had the resources to help the people who lived in the lowlands, and so they did. For the men who took their helicopters out into the unending rain it really made little difference. Perhaps no one would shoot at them for a while, but the everyday dangers they faced remained, magnified by the low clouds and poor visibility. The crews got just as tired, maybe more so, than on normal missions. None of that really mattered. The aircrews of the 101st Airborne went out to help anyway, because rescuing people was now their mission. In this book we see how for a brief period during an otherwise vicious war, saving life took precedence over bloody conflict.

Pachyderm And The Rat

Author: Harry R. Nevling
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781539949787
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Pachyderm and the Rat is the exciting tale of what it was like flying with the "Big Boys" in Vietnam. Many people are familiar with different tales of flying with the Huey, the most common helicopter of the "Helicopter War." The Chinook was roughly four times the size of the Huey and had over four times the lifting capacity. It was a workhorse and flew virtually every type of mission there. This included combat assaults, artillery raids, LZ construction, insertions and extractions, medical evacuation, reconnaissance, napalm and CS drops, and of course resupply. It tells of the heroics in the air and the insanity on the ground. One of the major differences in flying the Chinook is that you were normally alone. No 'wing man', no other helicopters in the flight. If something went wrong you were on your own unless you could radio for assistance. Even then it may take a half hour or more for help to arrive. A very long time in a combat situation. The Chinook was an incredibly complex aircraft. Two engines, five transmissions, two rotor systems, three hydraulic systems, and huge amount of moving parts. All looking for something to go wrong. There were a crew of five men, Aircraft Commander (AC) or First Pilot, Pilot, Flight Engineer, Crew Engineer, and Gunner. The AC was responsible for these five men and their lives plus the multi-million dollar aircraft. A lot of responsibility for some very young men. Most took their responsibilities very seriously while recognizing they were the lifeline for the men on the ground. There was very little they would not do to support those troops. That support could get very interesting. Harry, the Rat, and his buddies flew in all kinds of weather, through mountains and flat lands, through enemy activity, through whatever it took to get the support to the ground forces that they required. At times this could become a major challenge. The author served six and a half years in the US Army, four of them as a helicopter pilot. This included a tour in Vietnam flying the Chinook helicopter. Following his active duty he had a very successful career in health care human resources. Following a 28 year hiatus he now resides back in his hometown of Rochester, Minnesota. He remains in contact with many of the pilots and crewmembers he flew with in Vietnam.

Toxic War

Author: Peter Sills
Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press (TN)
ISBN: 9780826519627
Size: 52.79 MB
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""Goes behind the scenes of political power and industry into the debate about the use of Agent Orange and its potential side effects, as veterans seek justice in the court of law and public opinion. Unprecedented in its access to legal, medical, and government documentation, and the testimonies of veterans"--Provided by publisher"--

Wind

Author: Jan DeBlieu
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1504008332
Size: 56.87 MB
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The wind has sculpted Earth from the beginning of time, but it has also shaped humans—our histories, religions and cultures, the way we build our dwellings, and how we think and feel. In this poetic, acclaimed work, Jan DeBlieu takes the tempests of her home, the North Carolina Outer Banks, as a starting point for considering how the world’s breezes and gales have made us who we are. She travels widely, seeking out the scientists, sailors and sages who, like her, are haunted by the movement of air.

Manufacturing Consent

Author: Edward S. Herman
Publisher: Pantheon
ISBN: 0307801624
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An intellectual dissection of the modern media to show how an underlying economics of publishing warps the news. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Ballad Of The Green Beret

Author: Marc Leepson
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0811765687
Size: 14.16 MB
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The rough-and-tumble life of Special Forces vet and Sixties pop star Barry Sadler The top Billboard Hot 100 single of 1966 wasn’t “Paint It Black” or “Yellow Submarine”--it was “The Ballad of the Green Berets,” a hyper-patriotic tribute to the men of the Special Forces by Vietnam vet Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler. But Sadler’s clean-cut, all-American image hid a darker side, a Hunter Thompson-esque life of booze, girls, and guns. Unable to score another hit song, he wrote articles for Soldier of Fortune and pulp novels that made “Rambo look like a stroll through Disneyland.” He killed a lover’s ex-boyfriend in Tennessee. Settling in Central America, Sadler ran guns, allegedly trained guerrillas, provided medical care to residents, and caroused at his villa. In 1988 he was shot in the head by a robber on the streets of Guatemala and died a year later. This life-and-times biography of an American character recounts the sensational details of Sadler’s life vividly but soberly, setting his meteoric rise and tragic fall against the big picture of American society and culture during and after the Vietnam War.

The Indigenous World 2017

Author: Kathe Jepsen
Publisher:
ISBN: 9788792786722
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In over sixty articles and country reports, The Indigenous World 2017 gives a comprehensive update on the current situation of indigenous peoples and their human rights and reports on the most important developments in international processes of relevance to indigenous peoples during 2016. The yearbook is an essential source of information and an indispensable tool for those who need to be informed about the most recent issues and developments that have impacted indigenous peoples worldwide. The Indigenous World is produced by the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) in collaboration with indigenous and non-indigenous scholars and activists.