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Robert Mason Æ 0 read & download read á PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Æ Robert Mason Chickenhawk review ´ 100 Bat missions Mason gives staggering descriptions that cut to the heart of the combat experience the fear and belligerence the uiet insights and raging madness the lasting friendships and sudden death the extreme emotions of a chickenhawk in constant dang What a terrific book So much than I expected More than a memoir than a war book It feels like a window back through time to the jungles of Southern Vietnam where we find a war that is hard to understand and even harder to justify While I found myself disliking Robert Mason his book and his brutal honesty is hard not to respect He could have shaved much detail from this book and still had a hit on his hands but he gave everything he had to Chickenhawk and it became a special piece of literature He presented the world a rare and unshielded veiw of the Vietnam War The best non fiction on Vietnam that I have read to date

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Robert Mason Æ 0 read & download read á PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Æ Robert Mason Chickenhawk review ´ 100 A true story from the battlefield that faithfully portrays the horror the madness and the trauma of the Vietnam War More than half a million copies of Chickenhawk have been sold since it was first published in 1983 Now with a new afterword by the author One of the most iconic sounds that people relate to the Vietnam War is the womp woosh of American Huey helicopters Whether watching a film like Apocalypse Now or reading a book on the war those sounds will reverberate in the reader s mind During the war about 12000 helicopters were deployed by the United States military Of that number 7013 were Hueys almost all of which were US Army The total number of helicopter pilots killed in Vietnam was 2202 and total non pilot crew members who died were 2704 The most accurate estimate of the number of helicopter pilots who served in the war was roughly 40000 wwwvhpaorghelilosspdf As we think about these statistics we can only admire the bravery and fortitude of the men called upon to undertake the many diverse missions these pilots engaged in One of the pilots Robert Mason has written one of the most important accounts of the war available in his memoir CHICKENHAWK Mason s account is probably one of the most accurate and realistic accounts we have about the American serviceman s experience in Vietnam From the vantage point of a helicopter pilot Mason explores his daily life during his tour of duty Mason s approach to his memoir is simple clear and honest As he completes basic training advanced individual training and two attempts at passing preflight training he comments that he never suspected that the army taught people how to fly helicopters the same way they taught them to march and shoot But they did 23 He realized early on that if you washed out of the flight program you would wind up as a PFC in the infantry Mason s journey begins in 1964 and carries him through 1968 a time when the United States under President Lyndon B Johnson was ramping up the American commitment to save South Vietnam from communism Mason s insights echo those of historians that were written years later Mason s memoir was first published in 1983 and was reissued in 2005 with a new afterword describing how the war affected his life for decades following his serviceMason s experience in Vietnam was much diversified Even as a warrant officer he engaged in the activities of a typical grunt rooting out tree stumps digging fox holes filling sand bags and building a perimeter for his assault division Mason s primary activity was flying a Huey helicopter that involved him in support of troops in the Bon Song Valley and Ia Drang Valley where in November 1965 the United States won its first large scale encounter with the North Vietnamese Though it appeared to be a victory Mason uestions what American strategy was as we killed the enemy at an increasing rate but we would withdraw and not hold the land taken Mason points out repeatedly that later American troops would fight to retake the same territory as it had won earlier but at an increasing cost for the United States Mason s buddy Connors summed it up well Why the fuck don t they keep some troops out there This is like trying to plug fifty leaks with one finger 351 This is not the only thing that Mason uestions He did some reading before he went to Vietnam Bernard Fall s Street without Victory having had the most impact on him as it describes the political situation in South Vietnam the corruption of the Saigon regime and the lack of commitment on the part of the South Vietnamese peasants who just wanted to till their own soil The poor training and refusal to fight on the part of the ARVN South Vietnamese army the fear in the eyes of South Vietnamese he came in contact with bothered Mason a great deal The resentment between ARVN and American officers was readily apparent At times when ferrying ARVN troops to a landing zone Mason had to be careful that once on the ground they would not turn and fire on his Huey For Mason there were many times that he uestioned why he was in VietnamIn exploring the Vietnam War from the lens of a Huey pilot the reader will experience with Mason a myriad of situations Mason provides an excellent description of how he learned how to fly helicopters He also provides a useful amount of technical information about the problems that pilots faced and how they could maneuver their Hueys out of many tough situations He engaged in spraying defoliants to eliminate ground cover for the VC Viet Cong South Vietnamese communists not knowing what havoc these chemicals would reap in the future Mason s primary activities centered on transporting troops wounded and bodies to and from the battlefield but he was also involved with relocating refuges to training missions as a mail courier to picking up and delivering supplies to combat areas and rear compounds But there were other missions of importance the pickup and delivery of tons of ice so the officer s club would be stocked and if any was not needed it would be traded for appliances from other units Further the transport of small groups of officers on their own secret missions as well as using the Hueys to visit friends a hundred miles away Some of these tasks were obviously would not be considered militarily relevant but to maintain the sanity of people who have flown over 1000 missions they were none the less very importantThroughout the narrative Mason supplies the reader the historical context of what was occurring on the ground in Vietnam The intensity of Mason s descriptions of his flights and what he observed provides the reader the feel and the smell of war Supply shortages were constant in his unit particularly chest armor that was a necessity for Huey pilots Mason highlights it further after he transfers to another unit that is overflowing in chest armor A recurrent them is the weakness of American intelligence provoking Connors to comment after a fire fight that the intelligence branch must have read their maps upside down and was getting its information from smuggled Chinese fortune cookies 146 Early on Mason was led to believe the reason the French had been forced out of Vietnam was because they weren t air mobile Once the American Air Cavalry arrived it was supposed to change the course of the war For Mason at times he believed the United States was winning then doubts would creep in based on his experiences in combat It led to a discussion with his co pilot Gary Resler as they tried to determine their attitude toward the war where they afraid or chicken or after seeing the constant pile of dead American bodies they wanted revenge making them hawks Their conclusion was a combination of the two hence they were chickenhawks Mason provides the reader insights to his thinking about his personal feelings He left his wife Patience and young son Jack in the United States and he integrates his personal letters to his family throughout the narrative His feelings of guilt are present as he is honest about his activities during R R in Saigon Taipei and Hong Kong It should be obvious that Mason suffered from PTSD before he left Vietnam Constant nightmares anxiety and fear centered on the murder of VC prisoners the use of napalm and the damage it caused and the casualties he witnessed drove him to use medication after his missions in order to complete his tour of duty In addition he pours his heart out about what he witnesses and cannot cope with Chickenhawk though written over twenty years ago provides lessons for future soldiers and it is an exceptional Vietnam memoir that has stood the test of time

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Robert Mason Æ 0 read & download read á PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Æ Robert Mason Chickenhawk review ´ 100 And photographs taken by him during the conflict this straight from the shoulder account tells the electrifying truth about the helicopter war in Vietnam This is Robert Mason’s astounding personal story of men at war A veteran of than one thousand com Others have said it better about this memoir Written in the years just after it occurred And which I failed to read in the than 50 years between Because it s too close to homeRobert Mason added an update as of 2004 And I just have to add several issues that others sure haven t in regard to details in this telling I STILL know at least 4 men who use the phrase swave and deboner Said AND spelled exactly like that In fact I heard it last week just outside a conference room after a MRI between two of themGreen snakes and 31 out of 33 species being poisonous And having the eyes and cognition as that man did who knew he just got bit so laid down in the deep grass to sleep and to dieTechnical prone reading lovers might like this one as much as the fighting men willFor me too sorrowful and terrible to not skim read in parts And remember those who I loved who never came home


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    E–pub/E–book [Chickenhawk] read á PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Æ Robert Mason Add this one to my long list of books about the American War in Vietnam I am the right age to have been drafted for that

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    read á PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Æ Robert Mason E–pub/E–book [Chickenhawk] Robert Mason Æ 0 read & download This is a book I have been wanting to read for a long time and it did not disappoint Robert Mason takes you along for the ride in his helicopter during the Vietnam War flying slicks for the AirCav under fire and

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    E–pub/E–book [Chickenhawk] Brilliant Read it 30 years ago and loved it

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    E–pub/E–book [Chickenhawk] I first read this book years ago and it is without a doubt one of the best war memoirs on my shelf and one to which I regularly return as I just did for the third time to read during a lengthy trip abroad The book recounts the training and duty tour of Robert Mason a helicopter pilot who served in the air cav during the h

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    E–pub/E–book [Chickenhawk] What a terrific book So much than I expected More than a memoir than a war book It feels like a window back through time to the jungles of Southern Vietnam where we find a war that is hard to understand and even ha

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  • Paperback
  • 512
  • Chickenhawk
  • Robert Mason
  • English
  • 14 August 2018
  • 9780143035718