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Prize winning playright and award winning writer, TONY LAZZARINI, has written more than your average war story. His new book, "Highest Traditions", takes you along on his tour in Vietnam as a helicopter door gunner where the average life span under fire was an expected 20 seconds. This is not a "glorification of wear" documentation. The author puts his readers beside him in the infamous UH-1 (Huey) helicopter and whisks them off to the battlefield to perform a mix of hazardous missions. His thoughts will become your thoughts as he deals with the anguish of seeing death and his narrow escapes from it. This is an educational as well as harrowing account of how helicopter operations were done and why.

Discover the "A" Company "Little Bears", one of the most decorated helicopter units of the Vietnam War.

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Highest Traditions-6 x 8 1/2 Hardback-153 pgs, 12 full color pictures.
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Pilots live by a code of honor. They assist other pilots and help the troops in the battlefields. They ride into battle, strike the enemy, and ride out. Like the knights of old, the helicopter pilots of the Vietnam War were the Templars. Their steed—the helicopter—wore the armor that was little more than a shell of aluminum-magnesium that had an affinity for fire and burned like a sparkler once ignited. The war left an impression on every soldier who served in Nam. It is only now that these veterans are willing to share their memories with others. Time has healed some. And some soldiers can even find some humor when recalling the terrifying events of the war that forever tainted their youth. This book is one helicopter pilot’s memories of being in flight during combat. He was one of many, who went from a civilian, to a soldier, and then back to civilian life. The author uses humor to lighten his story and the hearts of his readers, and it works.

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From the jungles of Vietnam to the heavens of Hawaii, across the world from New Zealand to America, and around-the-world flights, you'll fly along with the pilots, crew members, soldiers, Donut Dollies, nurses, and adventure seekers.

Join Huey 091 in her journey from Vietnam to a backyard wedding decades later. Share the anxiety of a wartime helicopter crew lost in the fog. Find out why some people dream of helicopter flight, while others have nightmares of the memories.

Laugh along with flight follies, admire the unsung heroes of the flight line, scream as you crash into another helicopter in midair, and put those in-flight emergency procedures to work when you hear, “You’re on Fire!”

More than three dozen writers contributed stories, poems, quips, and insights to Spinning Tails that represent just a few of the myriad adventures, heartaches, ecstasies, horrors, and wonders that helicopters have to offer. You’ll also learn a bit of helicopter history, winged wisdom, and flight facts scattered throughout the book.
Strap in, hang on, and get ready for the flight of your life.

I contributed a story or two and a poem or two to this book. It reads really well, and will bring you from laughter to tears.
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Spinning Tails -6 x 8 1/2 Paperback back-154 pgs,
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     Elephant's Ear. Dog's Head. Angels Wing. These names evoke the image of children playing a whimsical game, identifying objects in the clouds. For Joe Finch and his fellow helicopter pilots of 25th Aviation Battalion, they meant something vastly different: They were the shapes created by map coordinates that defined their location within the "area of operation."
     Angels Wing is Joe Finch's account of the year he spent with A Company, 25th Aviation Battalion "Little Bears" during the Vietnam War. His story is raw and authentic, unflinching in it's honesty. Sometimes his tale is humorous. Sometimes it's tragic. Whether he writes of a preposterous moment or of the brutality and death, his personal account is powerful. If you weren't there, at times his experiences in Vietnam are hard to imagine:the blood, the noise, the smells. At other times, you will open your eyes in wonder at the dedication that the young men fighting there demonstrated
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"There's 207 true stories about otters, cows, elk, deer, raccoons and mink, sandwiched in with stories of fights, floods and shootings - all part of the folklore of the Northwest.

"Lloyd's stories remind me of yarns told by Mark Twain and Will Rogers. Plain and simple stories about people and life.

 The Pen and Ink Illustrations are truly a wonder. Purchase this book through the Amazon.com link here or above and we get a little piece of the pie.
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David Earl Henard received his commission as a second lieutenant signal officer in the US Army upon his graduation from the University of Missouri of Rolla with a BS in electrical engineering in August 1965. His service as a helicopter pilot with the 25th Aviation Battalion, 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam began in July 1967 and ended in June 1968. After a nine-month assignment near Warrington, England, as the aviation detachment commander and battalion signal officer, when he married Gail, he began civilian life as a graduate assistant and student at the University of Illinois. His work there led him into computer programming and systems development, leading to an assignment as the assistant director for systems development at the University of Illinois, Urbana. He was hired as the computer services director at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois, beginning in 1980. He retired from EIU as the associate vice president for information technology services in 2000 to join his wife Gail as a part-time missionary and as a stock trader. The two have served in various humanitarian jobs in Scotland; Juarez, Mexico; and Central Asia.

This is his story about the Tet Offensive, where the 25th Infantry Division was heavily involved in the defense of Saigon. He includes some Vietnam history leading to the Tet Offensive and some researched insights on the press coverage that heavily influenced the ultimate outcome.
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