Army Warrant Officer Eric Mohr arrived in Vietnam intent on saving lives as a medevac helicopter pilot. When his brother-in-law Steve Cooper, a Navy OV-10 Bronco pilot with the acclaimed Black Pony Squadron is shot down and taken prisoner by the Viet Cong, Eric's mission becomes a personal one.
The Navy is pulling out of the Delta and appears to be giving up on Steve. When Eric can't get help through conventional channels, he finds help through an unlikely network of personal friends who embark on a dangerous rescue mission in the U Minh forest of South Vietnam.
Plenty of flying, plenty of action and a fresh look behind the scenes at the lives of men and women during the Vietnam War.
|Product dimensions:||5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||16 Years|
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David Freeman has cleverly released a new book entitled "Mekong Delta." While the plot to this novel is loaded with nonstop action gripping suspense, it is actually the framework for the revelation of facts rarely found in documentaries, college curricula and historical memoirs. While there is a dirge of literature on the plight of prisoners of war and military action conducted in the southernmost part of Vietnam, it takes the resourceful reader keen research to find information on the plight of medical evacuation pilots, particularly in the last two years of the conflict in S.E. Asia. Look no further then Mr. Freeman's book. Sure, the plot will tempt you into finishing this in one read. However, "Mekong Delta" is stacked with information regarding the situation medical evacuation pilots, who flew what was called "dust off" missions, had to face in a war America had only one goal left: extrication. Freeman also discusses V.C. treachery. Before a dust off helicopter landed, the troops on the ground would "pop smoke", i.e. ignite a beckoning with a distinctively colored flare based on prearranged radio communication with the pilot. The enemy would listen in on these transmissions and attempt to trick pilots into an ambush by popping the same colored smoke called for in a devious attempt to lure the Huey into an ambush. The reader is reminded that one of the saddest sights of the war were Dust Off Medevac pilots during their preflight inspection of their Huey washing blood off the floor from the previous mission. One of the most sensitive topics David Freeman broaches is America's deliberate abandonment of POW's, in an attempt to end the war and remove it from public consciousness. As mentioned previously, this is brought up in the novel as mentioned earlier. According to the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office there are still 1,713 U.S. servicemen still unaccounted for from the Vietnam War. About 80 percent of those missing were airmen who were shot down over North Vietnam or Laos, usually over remote mountains, tropical rain forest, or water; the rest typically disappeared in dense, confused fighting in jungles. Investigations of these incidents have involved determining whether the men involved survived their shootdown, and if not efforts to recover their remains. POW/MIA activists played a role in pushing the U.S. government to improve its efforts in resolving the fates of the missing. This is a hotly contested subject arousing indignation from Veterans and family members of the missing as well, demanding a full accounting and a closure rightfully deserved. Through his novel David Freeman makes a statement that the U.S. was so busy standing down and moving units back stateside that they sidestepped the P.O.W. issue entirely. "Mekong Delta" will arouse the reader on many levels. The reader will understand a Dust Off Crew's ambivalent desire for action, as an American had to get hurt for this to occur. Perhaps the most poignant comment Freeman made about the end of America's involvement in Vietnam was as follows: "The U.S. wasn't going home because they'd won the war. They were going home because the politicians in America were giving up on it. The thought was enraging, especially in light of the deaths of so many. Pulling out before the job was done would make those deaths senseless." 58195 souls reflect that sentiment. Congratulations, Mr. Freeman! Excellent book!