An enlisted soldier's back seat memories from Vietnam as crew chief aboard a Huey gunship.
The author writes about his service time as a crew chief/door gunner on Huey helicopters with the Aerial Rocket Artillery. Telling of some narrow escapes he and his fellow unit soldiers faced as well as some things that happened that you will make you laugh.
The author served 1 ½ tours in Vietnam and serving in I, II and III Corps. His tour took him to places like the DMZ and into the A Shau Valley.
For those that served in Vietnam, you may feel you are right there as you read the book. For those who did not go there, this book may help you to understand why so many returned from Vietnam and other wars with PTSD.
The author touches on some of what happened. However, he tried to stay away from things that could to upsetting. He has firsthand knowledge of how hard it can be to read about war and Vietnam.
After Vietnam, the author learned to deal with his PTSD by writing. He was inspired to write a newspaper column for the unit in the Fist Calvary Division newspaper, which inspired him to start a veterans association for those who served in the ARA. Finding ARA Alumni, organizing reunions, collecting Aerial Rocket Artillery history and running his web site for the ARA are among his passions.
The author hopes that "Empty Tubes and Back Seat Memories" will help everyone have a better understanding of Vietnam and the effects that it had on those who served.
|Publisher:||Outskirts Press, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am a son of a Vietnam Vet who faught in Vietnam,the author "Russ" and my Father, were in the same unit, "2ND Battalion 20Th Artillery and - was attatched to the mighty "1ST Cavalry Airmobile"!!..My father was in Vietnam before Russ was, they just missed eachother!!..But never the- less,this book will be a great read to all Vietnam Vets,Veteran's of different wars, and or folks like me who appreciate a good book that deals with a combat,historical event, written by someone who was there! injoy everyone!!...Mike California
Russ has written an interesting book about his time in Viet Nam. He was one our crew chiefs in Charlie Battery 2/20 ARA. This was interesting to me because of perspective. All I saw was the flying and mostly the officer perspective. His was from the enlisted man's view, and I enjoyed that. I think you will enjoy it too.  I did not realize it until he told me, the only one of our crew chiefs that are pictured in my book, Bluemax: Missions and Memories, was Russ. I had a good many pictures of him.
Review: Empty Tubes And Back Seat Memories Russ Warriner Review written by William E. Peterson Author of Missions Of Fire And Mercy ~ Until Death Do Us part UNUSUAL BIRD Russ Warriner has a great memory as proven by his writing this book without notes or letters home. The author enlisted to be a crew chief/gunner on a Huey gunship in Vietnam for one and a half years. He crewed his gunship while flying with the 2nd Battalion, 20th Artillery (ARA), lst Cavalry Division (AM). The Huey that the author crewed was originally a Huey ¿slick¿ which was used for aerial combat assaults and for re-supplying the troops in the field. Normally this slick was equipped with two M-60 machine guns. However, as a part of the ARA (Aerial Rocket Artillery), Russ's particular aircraft was equipped with only one M-60. In addition, a rocket pod was mounted on the left side of the bird (The Maxwell System) for additional punch to keep the enemy at bay while supporting the troops on the ground. This system included the M3 rocket system with 2.75¿ rockets and an SS Missile for busting up enemy bunkers. Russ tells the story well enough to put the reader in his gunner seat. It's a great ride if you like a good adrenaline rush and brown undies. He tells of a night flare mission when a magnesium aircraft flare detonated on his ship. Though injured, he was able to kick the flare out of the aircraft, only to have it hang up on the skid. This could have been a very bad night for the crew, but his pilots were able to fly the ship to the medical pad without further problems. Though the attrition rate of helicopter crews was nothing to write home about, Russ Warriner miraculously survived hundreds of missions over the enemy infested jungles of Vietnam. Empty Tubes And Back Seat Memories would be a great addition to your library.