U.S. Marine Corps Aviation: 1912 to the Present

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In the 1980's, the Marines are still as air-minded as ever, earning a unique place for themselves in aviation history. They have always excelled in the close support of infantry. In fact, every Marine aviator has been trained to be a rifleman first. This attitude has permeated the history of Marine Corps aviation and have led to the creation of the well-trained combat arm that goes to sea today. More than any other service, the U.S. Marines have also been quick to adapt and exploit helicopters to assist their ...
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In the 1980's, the Marines are still as air-minded as ever, earning a unique place for themselves in aviation history. They have always excelled in the close support of infantry. In fact, every Marine aviator has been trained to be a rifleman first. This attitude has permeated the history of Marine Corps aviation and have led to the creation of the well-trained combat arm that goes to sea today. More than any other service, the U.S. Marines have also been quick to adapt and exploit helicopters to assist their infantry in battle. In this, the first history of Marine Corps aviation, Peter Mersky tells about the pilots who carried on the Marine Corps tradition of 'first to fight' from Henderson Field on Guadalcanal, the Chosin Reservoir in Korea, and the metal airstrip at Khe Sanh in Vietnam. Aircraft of the Marine Corps are illustrated in this story, from the earliest days to the present, with more than 200 rarely seen photographs and the author's own drawings.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781877853425
  • Publisher: Nautical & Aviation Publishing Company of America, The
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 383

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 The Beginning: 1912-1918 1
2 Between Wars 13
3 World War II: On the Defensive 29
4 Cactus in the Pacific: Guadalcanal 40
5 Island-Hopping 53
6 Carrying the War to Japan 102
7 Postwar Activities 120
8 Another War in Asia: Korea 129
9 Korean Stalemate 147
10 Post-Korean Developments 192
11 Vietnam: The Early Stages 212
12 The Communist Waiting Game Pays Off 241
13 Post-Vietnam Future 285
Notes 307
Recommended Reading 308
Appendices 310
Index 315
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