The Rescue of Bat 21

The Rescue of Bat 21

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by Darrel D. Whitcomb
     
 

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By 1972, U.S. forces had nearly perfected the art of Search and Rescue. But in the maelstrom of a battle on Easter Day of that year, an operation unlike any other was set in motion to save Lt. Col. Iceal "Gene" Hambleton--call sign Bat 21 Bravo. For the next 11 days, an extraordinary group of U.S. airmen, soldiers, sailors, and Navy SEALs braved one of the largest

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By 1972, U.S. forces had nearly perfected the art of Search and Rescue. But in the maelstrom of a battle on Easter Day of that year, an operation unlike any other was set in motion to save Lt. Col. Iceal "Gene" Hambleton--call sign Bat 21 Bravo. For the next 11 days, an extraordinary group of U.S. airmen, soldiers, sailors, and Navy SEALs braved one of the largest North Vietnamese Army offensives of the war to rescue one of their own. The legendary and controversial operation, which demanded heart-stopping heroics from every man involved, is relived in this unforgettable testament.

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Marc Leepson
You should read Darrell D. Whitcomb's amazingly thorough The Rescue of Bat 21. . . He also examines the larger picture and sheds light on a period of the war that, underservedly, has not received much attention. -- VVA Veteran
Booknews
A decorated Air Force pilot and Vietnam veteran tells the previously secret story of the most controversial air rescue of the Vietnam War. The unorthodox operation involved personnel from all services, claimed the lives of 11 soldiers and airmen, destroyed or damaged several aircraft, and put hundreds of personnel at risk. Draws on recently unclassified records, first-time interviews with participants, and the author's direct experience with similar rescues. Includes b&w photos and maps, many previously unpublished. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440613947
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/09/1999
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

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Larry Bond
A great story with good history...Whitcomb has the storyteller's gift.

Meet the Author


Darrel D. Whitcomb graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1969 and went on to serve three tours in Southeast Asia as a cargo pilot and air controller. He flew combat missions over Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia until the final days of conflict in 1973. Whitcomb was awarded a Silver Star and two Distinguished Flying Crosses for his service. He retired from the Air Force Reserve as a colonel in 1999. Following retirement from the Air Force, he spent four years as a pilot for Delta Airlines.

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4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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This book really helps you to experience what it was like to be down and behind enemy lines and fighting for your life. This book is a roller costar ride of fun and excitement and suspense!! With some homer thrown in to bring it all together. and once you start reading it you won't be able to stop. The thing that I liked best about this book is that when you read it you will feel as if your really there in Vietnam suffering hungering laughing and running every step of the way with the people who where there!!