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Bury Us Upside Down: The Misty Pilots and the Secret Battle for the Ho Chi Minh Trail

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    Turned out to be better than I expected

    I have always been aware of this type operation, but this book added a degree of personalization to what transpired. Overall, it was a pretty good read and properly gives long-overdue recognition and credit to a select handful of heroes.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2006

    Outstanding story of another Band of Brothers

    Great story of Misty FACs, another little known group in American military history. But Don Shepperd needs to remember that without the enlisted guys-nobody gets off the ground. There were enlisted men who also worked extremely hard for Misty. Those enlisted men also thought very highly of John Haltigan and Roger Van Dyken, the Misty intel officers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2006

    Ordinary People, Extraordinary Heros

    They were real people, young men drawn from all walks of life, eager to test their mettle in a profession where excellence is sometimes considered mediocre---that of an Air Force fighter pilot. They were also the men who volunteered to fly the most demanding mission the Air Force had to offer during the Vietnam War---a super secret operation code-named ¿Misty.¿ But the Misty pilots were husbands, fathers and family men as well, and while the story chronicles their daily acts of bravery in rich and exciting detail, it also paints a poignant picture of families that wait, sometimes in vain, for them to return. It is that well balanced duality of soaring heroism and enduring pain that makes this book so special. But be forewarned---this is not a book to browse or skim. If you open the cover, you will read it all---every page of it. It¿s that kind of book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2006

    Misty - a Gutsy Nonfiction Story

    This is a gripping story on many levels. You don¿t need to be an Air Force jock to become consumed by this piece of military history. Shepperd and Newman relate a Vietnam story that few have heard of and far fewer have understood. This story of these gutsy fighter pilots and equally heroic families back home will grip you from page one with a rollercoaster of emotions regardless of your view of the Vietnam Conflict. You get to know the Misty pilots, how they trained, how they fought, and how they partied. Just as important you get a solid glimpse of what their families went through while they were with Misty and the pain, grief, and confusion shrouding the loss of some of them. Extreme care is taken to insure that you don¿t get lost in the military lingo. You¿ve probably seen Shepperd as the military expert on CNN and, like his appearances there, you want him to be the one to tell you this story because you know it will be straight forward, factual, and logically presented. Whether you are or were a member of the military, a family member of one, a history buff, or just someone who enjoys a great piece of nonfiction, you won¿t be disappointed in this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2006

    A good education for those of us too young to remember

    Vietnam. We've seen the fictional movies, and the documentaries. We had perhaps a passing reference in High School history, but for those of us born in the 60's or beyond, it is tough to separate the Hollywood version from reality. Newman and Sheppard do a great job of personalizing the war by recounting the heroic efforts of the Misty pilots. With Father's day coming up, this book is sure to please. For those of you teaching US History, I would submit that books like this will do more for America¿s youth than most textbooks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2006

    Not Just For The Military History Buff.....

    Since I¿m seldom drawn to the Contemporary Military History aisle, I would never have randomly selected this book....which would have been a great pity.( Bury Us Upside Down came to me as a gift ) From the opening page , I was totally captivated by the story...Without an overabundance of detail and with fairly sparse dialogue, the Mistys were immediately familiar, real, and ¿ knowable.¿... Somehow ( and I am not quite sure how ), the authors unraveled the still confusing Viet Nam conflict - and the efforts to shut down the Ho Chi Minh Trail ¿ into a readable, understandable story. ( Even the military acronyms provided no stumblingblocks ..) As for the elusive term ¿style¿, the simple and straitforward narrative was the perfect choice in presenting an endlessly convoluted scenario. It worked. From the beginning, I felt that I knew the Mistys as individuals. It must have been a real treasure-hunt researching this story. I would recommend this book to anybody who loves a good yarn about real people in extraordinary circumstances...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2006


    After 27 years and 6,000 hours of flying fighters for the USAF.USN, USAFR and the Kansas ANG and 110 missions over Viet Nam, I have been there and done all that. But, I could not put the book done until I finished it. Extremely well written and documented. Tells the story from the Jock's point of view and from the sad life of all those left behind to wait. Brought me tears and laughter. You will love it very much. This is really a 10 start story. Ronald K. Williams, Fighter pilot, Colonel USAFR

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2006

    An Exceptionally Good Read

    For those of us who love non-fiction,history, and a little bit of mystery all rolled into one, this is a must read. Very easy to read, a story about everyday Americans who turn out to heros. Easy to read, it will make you feel proud to be an American.

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    Posted March 26, 2011

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