Taking Fire: True Story of a Decorated Chopper Pilotby Ron Alexander
Nicknamed "Mini-Man" for his diminutive statute, a mere five-foot-three and 125 lbs in his flight boots, chopper pilot Ron Alexander proved to be a giant in the eyes of the men he rescued from the jungles and paddies of Vietnam. With an unswerving concern for every American soldier trapped by enemy fire, and a fearlessness that became legendary, Ron Alexander earned enough official praise to become the second most decorated helicopter pilot of the Vietnam era. Yet, for Ron, the real reward came from plucking his fellow soldiers from harm's way, giving them another chance to get home alive.
In Taking Fire, Alexander and acclaimed military writer Charles Sasser, transport you right into the cramped cockpit of a Huey on patrol, offering a bird's eye view on the Vietnam conflict. Packed with riveting action and gritty "you-are-there" dialogue, this outstanding book celebrates the everyday heroism of the chopper pilots of Vietnam.
Author Biography: Ron Alexander was the second most decorated helicopter pilot of the Vietnam era, having earned two Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Bronze Star with "V" for valor and oak leaf cluster, an Army Commendation Medal with "V" and two oak leaf clusters, and twenty-six additional Air Medals, each with a "V." He lives in Hagerstown, MD.
Charles Sasser is a decorated Vietnam veteran and Green Beret, and is one of today's most respected military and true crime writers. He has authored more than a dozen books, including One Shot, One Kill.
- St. Martin's Press
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- First Edition
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- 6.28(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.19(d)
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