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A Lonely Kind of War: Forward Air Controller, Vietnam
     

A Lonely Kind of War: Forward Air Controller, Vietnam

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by Marshall Harrison
 

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From retired Air Force pilot Marshall Harrison comes a remarkable memoir of aerial warfare in Vietnam. In his third combat tour, Harrison found himself “converted” from the high performance world of jets to the awkward-looking OV-10 Bronco and assigned as a FAC — forward air controller. A captivating tale of valor, brotherhood, and patriotism

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From retired Air Force pilot Marshall Harrison comes a remarkable memoir of aerial warfare in Vietnam. In his third combat tour, Harrison found himself “converted” from the high performance world of jets to the awkward-looking OV-10 Bronco and assigned as a FAC — forward air controller. A captivating tale of valor, brotherhood, and patriotism unravels in the pages of A Lonely Kind of War, Forward Air Controller, Vietnam, a posthumous release by this published author through Xlibris. Harrison is a born story teller. There is excitement, suspense, and humor in this account of the life of a FAC. They were a small group of dedicated pilots flying lightly armed prop-driven aircrafts in South Vietnam. Considered to be the eyes and ears of the attack aircraft, their job was to fly low and slow, find, fix, and direct airstrikes against an elusive enemy concealed by the heavy rainforest and jungles, an area the FACs referred to as “the Green Square”. The flying scenes are riveting: learning to fly the maneuverable Bronco, clearing in the “fast-movers” to drop massive 750-lb bombs without causing injury to the “friendlies”, and conducting covert operation into Cambodia---“over the fence with the mad men in the green beanies”. On one of these secret missions, he is shot down and spends a harrowing night in the jungle. FACs lived with the troops in the field and flew from unimproved airstrips; they virtually controlled the aerial battlefields of South Vietnam. Their losses were staggering and they usually died alone.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781456834975
Publisher:
Xlibris US
Publication date:
12/15/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
367
Sales rank:
592,174
File size:
394 KB

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A Lonely Kind of War 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book don,t know how I missed it till now
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heard about this book from a friend who also enjoys reading about the Vietnam War. I found this book very interesting and entertaining. There were and are many unsung heroes in every war and this book introduced me to another group, the Forward Air Controllers or FACs who took some dangerous chances to help our troops on the ground. Please read this book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had not heard of this book before meeting the author's widow (Mary Ann). I primarily read non-fiction, especially military, and absolutely loved this book. Major Harrison, recipient of the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal with 20 OLCs, The Vietnam Medal of Honor, the Presidential Unit Citation and many more medals and awards, does an outstanding job of telling his story. I could hardly put the book down and I highly recommend it to people who, like me, enjoy reading the personal memoirs of our fighting men and women.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago