Xin Loi, Viet Nam: Thirty-one Months of War: A Soldier's Memoir

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No one in Vietnam had to tell door gunner and gunship crew chief Al Sever that the odds didn’t look good. He volunteered for the job well aware that hanging out of slow-moving choppers over hot LZs blazing with enemy fire was not conducive to a long life. But that wasn’t going to stop Specialist Sever.

From Da Nang to Cu Chi and the Mekong Delta, Sever spent thirty-one months in Vietnam, fighting in eleven of the war’s sixteen campaigns. Every morning when his gunship lifted ...

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Overview

No one in Vietnam had to tell door gunner and gunship crew chief Al Sever that the odds didn’t look good. He volunteered for the job well aware that hanging out of slow-moving choppers over hot LZs blazing with enemy fire was not conducive to a long life. But that wasn’t going to stop Specialist Sever.

From Da Nang to Cu Chi and the Mekong Delta, Sever spent thirty-one months in Vietnam, fighting in eleven of the war’s sixteen campaigns. Every morning when his gunship lifted off, often to the clacking and muzzle flashes of AK-47s hidden in the dawn fog, Sever knew he might not return. This raw, gritty, gut-wrenching firsthand account of American boys fighting and dying in Vietnam captures all the hell, horror, and heroism of that tragic war.

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“A grunt’s-eye view of the Vietnam War by a good soldier.”
–DAVID HACKWORTH

Xin Loi, Viet Nam lays it all on the line. . . . A story that every reader who wants to feel part of the battles he fought should know.”
–WILLIAM R. PHILLIPS, author of Night of the Silver Stars: The Battle of Lang Vei

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780891418566
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 322
  • Sales rank: 357,413
  • Product dimensions: 4.23 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

AL SEVER, a crew member on various types of helicopters, served in Vietnam from the heavy combat days of 1968 to the moral and physical disintegration of our forces in 1972. From the Delta to the DMZ, he observed the varied facets of the war as the opposing armies clashed and maneuvered throughout the country. He lives in Montoursville, Pennsylvania.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2002

    This is good

    I have known Al for years and never knew his backround. WOW! This book is impressive. Buy it and realize how much horror went on in his tours of duty. He tells the story of the war as it should be told.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2002

    He got by with writing it like it was.

    I can tell he succeeded in writing it like it was, resisting the tendency to embellish.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2014

    I'm glad Al Sever waited to write his memoir. His matter of fact

    I'm glad Al Sever waited to write his memoir. His matter of fact manner is truly refreshing. Feels like he's letting you make your own mind up about the rights and wrongs of what happens. Makes the action as immediate as if you're squatting on the metal deck right next to him. Also reminds you that it's not a nineteen year old kid who's doing the writing, but the mature man that kid survived to become. Cracking book.

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  • Posted March 2, 2014

    A brutal and honest account that does not gloss over or omit the

    A brutal and honest account that does not gloss over or omit the things that had to be done to survive.  Many books on the air mobile war from the pilots perspective miss the personal depths of savagery and its repercussions involved in fighting a war.  Not this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    The small kit

    Yawns

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    Jason

    o.O

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    Rosi

    Stop it that's annoying and I was talking with the kit not you

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  • Posted October 5, 2012

    Highly Recommended 5-stars

    Very informative, insight into the viet nam action.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2012

    I am writing a third review

    This third review is related to the spelling of Vietnam. The author wrote that the correct spelling is Viet Nam. This spelling nagged at me through out the book. I finally have looked at other resources including the dictionary, PBS documentary, the internet, government reports, several up to date maps, family and friends whom served in this war and have so far only found one other incident of such spelling. That was found in another soldier's memoir in and around the same time period of this book. What is the correct spelling?

    The one star is my opinion of the book and not the spelling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2003

    The Vietnam Helicopter War told with brutal honesty AND with heart.

    Al Sever's writing is very readable. His style is personal and directly from his heart. He doesn't brag, but rather tells us of his embarrassing shortcomings. This is a form of humility and insight painfully lacking in our military leaders at that time. While the subject matter is immensely sad, the writing (as in the book's title) is so good, it qualifies as literary art, and art is always humane. Whether you know nothing of the combat experience, or you were there with him, "Xin Loi" will touch your heart. Well done, gripping, funny and shocking by turns, it is hard to put down. A book not to miss if you want to know what it was like being in the Vietnam War a few hundred feet up. My gratitude to the author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2002

    A MUST READ !!!!

    I RECEIVED THIS BOOK ON A WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND FINISHED IT ON FRIDAY. I PRIDE MYSELF ON HAVING READ JUST ABOUT EVERY BOOK PRINTED ON THE HELICOPTER WAR IN VIET NAM AND CAN SAY WITHOUT A MOMENT OF HESITATION THAT ¿XIN LOI, VIET NAM ¿ IS BY FAR THE BEST! THE EMOTIONS THAT AL SEVER IS ABLE TO CONVEY IN THIS BOOK PLACES THE READER IN THE ¿PETER PILOT¿ SEAT IN A HUEY AS IT RIPS OVER THE TREE TOPS AT 100 KNOTS WITH MINI-ROCKETS BLASTING. THE STINGER 96, JIMMY CRISP MENTIONED TOWARDS THE END OF THE BOOK WAS MY COUSIN AND IS STILL MISSED BY US ALL. JIMMY AND THE OTHER BRAVE MEN THAT FOUGHT THIS NEARLY FORGOTTEN WAR ABOVE THE JUNGLE ARE PAID HOMAGE AND RESPECT BY THIS LITERARY MASTERPIECE. A MUST READ!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2002

    This guy got by with writing it LIKE IT WAS!

    What a book! He manages to tell it like it was. Not how he wished it was. The good and bad are here but it's like I saw it too. [my three years there, 2 years flying copters (commissioned) and 1 year Sp Forces (NCO) Communicator.]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2002

    Finally... 'So That's How it Was !'

    Real names, real places. The relationship between the Gunship Crew and the Grunt. What happens at 50 feet and 50 knots happens fast and personal when you can look into their eyes and smell the smoke. A great read and quite possibly a new viewpoint for the reader. For the grunts out there, you know what the author is saying is true.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2002

    This is the way it was...

    I put reading this book off for a few days due to my busy schedule however, once I started reading I could not put it down. This book drops you into the shoes of the author and does it well. Its non-fiction that reads like fiction! You won't regret picking this book up.

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    Posted October 11, 2012

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