Pachyderm and the Rat: Flying with the

Pachyderm and the Rat: Flying with the "Big Boys" in Vietnam

by Harry R. Nevling


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781539949787
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/09/2017
Pages: 370
Sales rank: 685,060
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Harry R. Nevling was born and raised in Rochester, MN. He enlisted in the fall of 1965.
Harry went through basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood Missouri then on to radio operator's school at Ft. Ord, CA. He was advanced out of that for radio teletype school at Ft. Gordon. GA. From there it was to Ft. Lewis, WA to join the 4th Infantry Division. His first tour he was based out of Camp Enari, near Pleiku.
After being brought back early he attended warrant officers' rotary wing aviation course at Ft. Wolters, TX and Ft. Rucker, AL. Upon completion of that training he received his Warrant Officer rating and his aviator wings. On to Ft. Sill OK for transition to the CH-47 Chinook helicopter. In late December Harry and C Company, 159th Assault Support Helicopter Battalion were flown to Vietnam.
Shortly after his arrival he was transferred to A Company, Pachyderm at Phu Bai, near Hue. Harry spent seven months flying in the mountainous terrain of I Corps in northern South Vietnam. This seven months was highly educational and extremely rewarding.
Harry was again transferred to the 242nd Assault Support Aviation Company at Cu Chi, northwest of Saigon. This was very different flying as, except for the mountain of Nui Ba Dinh, the terrain was quite flat.
Harry returned home at the end of December 1969 with several medals and a lifetime of memories. Some good, some not so much.
He went back to Ft. Sill for a couple of years, receiving a direct commission to 1st lieutenant. His last duty station was at Ft. Belvoir, VA where he completed the Engineer Officers' Basic Course. He was discharged from there and returned to Minnesota.
In just over two years Harry earned an Associate Degree in Business and Bachelor degrees in Business administration and Economics, cum laude.
Following college he worked as a District Manager for Dairy Queen Corporation in Michigan. He relocated to Colorado where he worked in real estate and at a hospital as their top human resources professional. His HR career was very successful. He helped build an organization with a team approach that resulted in the significantly lowest turnover in the area. He also served as officers in his state and national professional organizations, becoming president of both.
When Harry retired in 2000 due to heart conditions (Agent Orange) re relocated back to his home town on Rochester, MN. There he has been active as a volunteer in support of the disabled community.

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