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Dustoff 7-3: Saving Lives under Fire in Afghanistan

Dustoff 7-3: Saving Lives under Fire in Afghanistan

by Erik Sabiston


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This book is for heroes.

Dustoff 7-3 tells the true story of four unlikely heroes in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan, where medics are forced to descend on wires to reach the wounded and helicopter pilots must fight wind, weather, and enemy fire to pluck casualties from some of the world's most difficult combat arenas. Complete opposites thrown together, cut off, and outnumbered, Chief Warrant Officer Erik Sabiston and his flight crew answered the call in a race against time, not to take lives-but to save them.

The concept of evacuating wounded soldiers by helicopter developed in the Korean War and became a staple during the war in Vietnam where heroic, unarmed chopper crews flew vital missions known to the grateful grunts on the ground as Dustoffs.

The crew of Dustoff 7-3 carried on that heroic tradition, flying over a region that had seen scores of American casualties, known among veterans as the Valley of Death. At the end of Operation Hammer Down, they had rescued 14 soldiers, made three critical supply runs, recovered two soldiers killed in action, and nearly died. It took all of three days.

These two quotes on the back cover:
This story is extraordinary.
Martha Raddatz-ABC News

Absolutely incredible.
Charlie Rose-CBS News

This one on the front cover:
One of the most decorated missions in aviation history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989798365
Publisher: Warriors Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/25/2015
Pages: 236
Sales rank: 508,919
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Veteran UH-60 Blackhawk pilot Erik Sabiston is the author of Dustoff 7-3. Before becoming a soldier he worked as a bartender, music teacher, butcher and even a door-to-door salesmen. He lived off the grid for two years in the redwood forest, then joined the Army after 9-11. Over a three day period he and his crew performed some of the most death defying rescues in the Afghanistan war while unarmed and under enemy fire.

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