Mission of Honor: A moral compass for a moral dilemma

Mission of Honor: A moral compass for a moral dilemma

by Jim Crigler, Jim Crigler


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Most of us never get to test ourselves in combat.

As a UH-1 Helicopter pilot flying in the jungle highlands of South Vietnam, Warrant Officer Jim Crigler and the men he flew with were tested daily. Coming of age in the late 1960s and early 1970s was challenging for most young men of that era. Throw in drugs, free love, draft notices, the Vietnam War and a country deeply divided, and you have one of the most important books of this genre.

This true story is a raw, bold, introspective autobiography where the author openly wrestles with  his personal moral dilemma to find meaning and purpose in his life.  He calls it his “Mission of Honor.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781784521080
Publisher: Lifestyle Entrepreneurs Press
Publication date: 04/25/2017
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 343,542
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Jim Crigler grew up in the farm country of south eastern Missouri. Graduating high school in the turbulence of 1968, Jim's goal was to be the first in his family to get a college education. A draft notice interrupted that dream. During his four years of service in the Army, Jim served as a warrant officer helicopter pilot flying in Vietnam with A Troop 7/17 Air Cavalry and the 129th Assault Helicopter Company. Jim flew with some of the finest helicopter pilots in the world in Vietnam and personally flew thousands of combat missions during his tour of duty. He received an honorable discharge in August of 1974 and with the help of the GI Bill graduated magna cum laude with a BS degree in Business Management from the University of Missouri. For the last 22 years Jim has been President and CEO of Winona Search Group Inc., a human resources consulting and search firm. He lives in the woods just outside of Winona, Minnesota with his wife and two youngest daughters.

Table of Contents


Author’s Note


1 We Gotta Get Out of This Place

2 We All Start Somewhere

3 Big City School – Chaos in 1968

4 Draft Bait

5 The Times They Are a Changing

6 Draft Number 144

7 What’s Next?

8 The Right Thing

9 Uncle Sam Needs Me – Basic Training at Fort Polk, LA

10 It Starts When You Get off the Bus

11 I Can FLY!

12 Why Does a Pilot Need to Learn English Composition?

13 The Morals of an Officer

14 Mother Rucker

15 You Are a Walking Dead Man!

16 A Leap of Faith

17 Vietnam – A Newbie

18 The Air Cavalry

19 Vietnam is a Crazy Place

20 Conscientious Objector

21 The Great 129th Heist

22 If You Ain’t CAV, You Ain’t Shit!

23 Ready to Stand Down

24 1LT Tom Shaw

25 129th Assault Helicopter Company - Bulldogs

26 The REAL Flying Starts

27 Korean Tigers

28 Dennis Faucher

29 Augie Bailey

30 A Moral Compass

31 The Easter Offensive March 30th , 1972

32 We Won’t Let Them Die

33 War is Ugly

34 The Meaning of Courage

35 Intense Fighting, Intense Flying

36 A Massive Push by the NVA

37 God’s Honor Role

38 A Golden Star

39 Mission of Honor

40 A Cold Slap in the Face

41 Taking Tom Home

42 The Corvette Weeping

43 It’s a Long Drive to St. Louis

44 Non-Stop Flying

45 Death is Always Close By

46 Who Gives a Damn?

47 The War Continues

48 Troop Morale Suffers

49 Going Home!

50 Wear Civilian Clothes

51 Do the Right Thing

52 121st Aviation Company – Flying Tigers

53 An Unexpected Trip to St. Louis

54 Self-Medication

55 A New Mentor

56 The Impact of War


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Anonymous 3 months ago
Very well written. A real tribute to the Huey pilots of the Vietnam Nam War. Thank you sir for your service and a great book.