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A well deserved 5 stars for this bookI think the author did a great job of recalling his experiences especially since so many years passed before writing it. @Download ⛈ Rattler One-Seven: A Vietnam Helicopter Pilot's War Story õ Rattler One Seven puts you in the helicopter seat, to see the war in Vietnam through the eyes of an inexperienced pilot as he transforms himself into a seasoned combat veteran When Chuck Gross left for Vietnam in , he was a nineteen year old Army helicopter pilot fresh out of flight school He spent his entire Vietnam tour with the st Assault Helicopter Company flying UHHuey helicopters Soon after the war he wrote down his adventures, while his memory was still fresh with the events Rattler One Seven his call sign is written as Gross experienced it, using these notes along with letters written home to accurately preserve the mindset he had while in Vietnam During his tour Gross flew Special Operations for the MACV SOG, inserting secret teams into Laos He notes that Americans were left behind alive in Laos, when official policy at home stated that US forces were never there He also participated in Lam Son , a misbegotten attempt by the ARVN to assault and cut the Ho Chi Minh Trail with US Army helicopter support It was the largest airmobile campaign of the war and marked the first time that the helicopter was used in mid intensity combat, with disastrous results Pilots in their early twenties, with young gunners and a Huey full of ARVN soldiers, took on experienced North Vietnamese antiaircraft artillery gunners, with no meaningful intelligence briefings or a rational plan on how to cut the Trail More than one hundred helicopters were lost and than six hundred aircraft sustained combat damage Gross himself was shot down and left in the field during one assault Rattler One Seven will appeal to those interested in the Vietnam War and to all armed forces, especially aviators, who have served for their country Rattler One Seven is a highly readable insight into the dangers of flying helicopters in combat while illuminating lesser known events of the Vietnam War Chuck Gross s memoir is a valuable resource on a few levels The reader gets an understanding of the different types of flights involved in Vietnam including resupply, combat assault, troop insertion and extraction, prepping landing zones, flare drops, and special assignments Gross s variety of experiences are interesting and he does a decent Rattler One Seven is a highly readable insight into the dangers of flying helicopters in combat while illuminating lesser known events of the Vietnam War Chuck Gross s memoir is a valuable resource on a few levels The reader gets an understanding of the different types of flights involved in Vietnam including resupply, combat assault, troop insertion and extraction, prepping landing zones, flare drops, and special assignments Gross s variety of experiences are interesting and he does a decent job of explaining jargon that is unfamiliar to civilians I would recommend this book for the historian, veteran, pilot, or those looking for a unique perspective into military service As a civilian, I found the book to be a worthwhile read As a book by Vietnam helicopter pilot goes this ain t chickenhawk or low level hell or to the limit Slow read. Great book I was in a artillery battery in the Americal Division at the same time as the author Rattlers supplied us daily for the 15 months I was there,all kinds of weather and while being shot at God bless the slick pilots, also the gunship pilots