Spray and Pray is the extremely entertaining tales of a wise-ass nobody enlisted PFC who thought he was a tourist living on a beautiful beach only to be rudely volunteered under extreme duress into becoming a Huey door gunner by a lifer First Sergeant. Every dog has its day and PFC Gebhart was on his way to meet the God of War's beautiful daughters, Fame and Glory. This book will show you what a gunner has to contend with on a daily basis. You had angry green tracers trying to kill you;.51 caliber anti-aircraft guns trying to make a Swiss cheese sandwich out of your gunbird; friends getting killed and wounded. You had heat, mud, and endless monsoon rains; bread infested with bugs; drunkenness; Mickey Mouse rules you had to follow; lost loves; black killer ants; bored, over-fed, overbearing lifers; endless sandbag details; and finally, boring night guard duty where hardly anything ever happened. Thus saddle up for another action-packed adventure in an enchanting land called Vietnam. Ride the range looking for VCs and NVAs trespassing in LBJ's ranch property. Become a bug man with your helmet visor pulled down, riding on a steel firefly prepping hot LZs, rescuing Recon teams, delivering mail to hell, dusting VCs on bicycles on the dawn patrol, and meeting generals on VIP missions to Da Nang. Circle hot LZs like hungry sharks escorting Med-Evac-34 choppers in and out. Feel the deadly descent of Huey gunship coming out of the clouds at 900 feet up with both outboard M-60's blasting and 2.75-inch rockets rocking and rolling, rattling your brains. Now it is your turn to shoot a 200-round belt of 7.62 NATO rounds into a nearby enemy-held tree line. Spray the enemy and pray to God they don't shoot back and hit your tail rotor or you. Being dead could ruin your whole day. Read all about the characters Gebhart has to deal with in order to enjoy his tropical vacation. Watch, learn, and enjoy how he outmaneuvers his adversaries. Finally, see how a nobody PFC becomes a decorated sergeant and pulls himself up by his boot straps to become Top Gun. Sit back and relax in the rear seat of your Huey gunbird, feel the cool morning air hit your face, smell the various odors of a Vietnam village in your nostrils, admire the Amish quilt-like rice paddies below you-but don't let the gentle vibrations of the Huey lull you into complacency. Those green tracers dancing through the air are equipped with deadly stingers to punch out your headlights and send you to the meat freezer of lost souls. "Swing with the wing-Die in the sky" was Gebhart's motto. There are many outstanding Vietnam memories. Spray and Pray stands head and shoulders above them all.
|Publisher:||Iron Triangle Books|
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About the Author
John J. Gebhart quit college in 1964 to fulfill a childhood dream and joined the Marine Corps. He spent the years from September 1965 to September 1967 in Vietnam, much of it as a Huey door gunner. Gebhart graduated from St. Joseph College with a B.S. In BusinessAdministration and is the owner of a large employment service company. Gebhart was inducted into the "Enlisted Combat Aircrew Roll of Honor" on November 14, 2003, aboard USS Yorktown at PatriotPoint in Charleston, South Carolina.