North Texas Military Biography and Memoir Series

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Rattler One-Seven: A Vietnam Helicopter Pilot's War Story Publisher's Summary

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. At the age of twenty, Chuck Gross spent his 1970-71 tour with the 71st Assault Helicopter Company flying UH-1 Huey helicopters. He inserted special operations teams into Laos and participated in Lam Son 719, a misbegotten attempt to assault and cut the Ho Chi Minh Trail, during which his helicopter was shot down and he was stranded in the field.

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.

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    • Rattler One-Seven: A Vietnam Helicopter Pilot's War Story

    • North Texas Military Biography and Memoir Series
    • By: Chuck Gross
    • Narrated by: Gerry Burke
    • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 207
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 183
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 182

    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. Soon after the war, Gross wrote down his adventures, while his memory was still fresh with the events. Rattler One-Seven (his call sign) is written as he experienced it, using these notes along with letters written home to accurately preserve the mindset he had while in Vietnam.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of the Best Helicopter books I've listened to!

    • By Chad on 02-12-14

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Life and Death in the Central Highlands

    • An American Sergeant in the Vietnam War, 1968-1970 (North Texas Military Biography and Memoir Series)
    • By: James T. Gillam
    • Narrated by: Todd Belcher
    • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93

    In 1968 James T. Gillam was a poorly focused college student at Ohio University who was dismissed and then drafted into the Army. Unlike most African-Americans who entered the Army then, he became a Sergeant and an instructor at the Fort McClellan Alabama School of Infantry.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent Narrative

    • By Doc Holliday on 04-03-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Ground Pounder: A Marine's Journey Through South Vietnam, 1968-1969

    • North Texas Military Biography and Memoir Series
    • By: Gregory V. Short
    • Narrated by: Aaron Killian
    • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35

    In early February of 1968, at the beginning of the Tet Offensive, Private First Class Gregory V. Short arrived in Vietnam as an 18-year-old US Marine. Amid all of the confusion and destruction, he began his tour of duty as an 81mm mortarman with the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, which was stationed at Con Thien near the DMZ.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good book for those contemplatiing stint in milit

    • By john on 05-15-15

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Phantom Vietnam War (An F-4 Pilot's Combat Over Laos)

    • North Texas Military Biography and Memoir Series, Book 12
    • By: David R. Honodel
    • Narrated by: Gary MacFadden
    • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
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    David R. “Buff” Honodel was a cocky young man with an inflated self-image when he arrived in 1969 at his base in Udorn, Thailand. His war was not in Vietnam; it was a secret one in the skies of a neighboring country almost unknown in America, attacking the Ho Chi Minh Trail that fed soldiers and supplies from North Vietnam into the South. Stateside he learned the art of flying the F-4, but in combat, the bomb-loaded fighter handled differently, targets shot back, and people suffered. Inert training ordnance was replaced by lethal weapons.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • We Were Going to Win, or Die There: With the Marines at Guadalcanal, Tarawa, and Saipan

    • North Texas Military Biography and Memoir Series
    • By: Roy H Elrod, Fred H. Allison - editor
    • Narrated by: Mark Sando
    • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    In 1940, native West Texan Roy H. Elrod joined the Marine Corps. By the time his unit, the 8th Marine Regiment, went into the fight at Guadalcanal, he was commanding a platoon of 37 mm gunners. They endured Japanese attacks, malarial tropical weather, and starvation rations. His combat leadership earned him a Silver Star and a battlefield promotion. Based on more than 50 hours of interviews, this book is a view of the war from the perspective of a young Marine infantry officer, a job that had an extremely low survival potential.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent account of WWII from V18 view

    • By Shawn from NC on 01-02-19

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Flying with the Fifteenth Air Force: A B-24 Pilot's Missions from Italy during World War II

    • North Texas Military Biography and Memoir Series
    • By: Tom Faulkner
    • Narrated by: Mark Sando
    • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In 1944 and 1945, Tom Faulkner was a B-24 pilot flying out of San Giovanni airfield in Italy as a member of the 15th Air Force of the US Army Air Forces. Only 19 years old when he completed his 28th and last mission, Tom was one of the youngest bomber pilots to serve in the US Army Air Forces during World War II. Between September 1944 and the end of February 1945, he flew against targets in Hungary, Germany, Italy, Austria, and Yugoslavia.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • A Different Face of War: Memories of a Medical Service Corps Officer in Vietnam

    • North Texas Military Biography and Memoir Series
    • By: James G. Van Straten
    • Narrated by: Chaz Allen
    • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
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      4 out of 5 stars 2

    A Different Face of War is a riveting account of one American officer in the Medical Service Corps during the early years of the Vietnam War. Assigned as the senior medical advisor to the Army of the Republic of Vietnam in I Corps, near the DMZ, James G. Van Straten traveled extensively and interacted with military officers and non-commissioned officers, peasant-class farmers, Buddhist bonzes, shopkeepers, nurses, the mentally ill, and even political operatives. He sent his wife daily letters from July 1966 through June 1967, describing in impressive detail his experiences, and those letters became the primary source for his memoir.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Easy Listen but Lacks Depth

    • By Jenn Johnson on 06-19-19

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    • Donut Dolly: An American Red Cross Girl's War in Vietnam

    • North Texas Military Biography and Memoir Series
    • By: Joann Puffer Kotcher
    • Narrated by: Beverly Ann Astley
    • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    Donut Dolly puts you in the Vietnam War face down in the dirt under a sniper attack, inside a helicopter being struck by lightning, at dinner next to a commanding general, and slogging through the mud along a line of foxholes. You see the war through the eyes of one of the first women officially allowed in the combat zone.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • doughnuts Vietnam War

    • By R. Bedsole on 01-01-17

    Regular price: $19.95