Rattler One-seven

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

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 185.42 x 230.12 x 13.97mm | 340.19g
  • Denton, United States
  • English
  • 26 illustrations, 2 maps, glossary, notes, bibliography, index
  • 1574412213
  • 9781574412215
  • 182,026

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Gross's memoir is worth reading... because of his description of the chaos and incompetence that accompanied Vietnamization.... His stories should find an audience among serious collectors of books about Vietnam. - Military History of the West
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About Chuck Gross

CHUCK GROSS was an Army helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War from May 1970 through May 1971. He logged more than 1,200 hours of combat flying and achieved Senior Aircraft Commander status. He lives in Gallatin, Tennessee.
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