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The Other Vietnam War: A Helicopter Pilot's Life in Vietnam

Narrated by: Marc Cullison
Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
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Each of us who served in Vietnam was the guy next door, the average Joe, not a hero. The boy who might date your daughter or sister. The young man who might mow your yard. 

In Vietnam, we weren’t out to be heroes. We just did our jobs. For a helicopter pilot, each day was like all the others. You flew the mission and never stopped to think that it might be your last. You didn’t think about the bullet holes in the helicopter, the cracks in the tail boom, or any of it until night, lying in bed when you couldn’t think of anything else. 

The Other Vietnam War is the story of the introduction to a new country, a backward culture, the perils of a combat zone, and the effects on a young lieutenant fresh out of flight school. It does not labor the listener with white-knuckle adventures, as so many other fine books about the Vietnam War do. It instead focuses on the internal battle each soldier fought with himself to make sense of where he was, why he was there, and if he was good enough. 

The administrative duties of commissioned officers, while tame compared to the exploits of valiant pilots who wrote about them, caused a deep introspection into life and its value in an enigmatic place like Vietnam. Aside from the fear, excitement, deliverance, and denial that each pilot faced, the inner battle he fought with himself took its toll. Some of us thought we’d find glory. But many of us discovered there is no glory in war.

©2015 Marc Cullison (P)2018 Imzadi Publishing

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  • GEL
  • 04-12-2018

A different point of view

I really enjoyed listening to this book in the authors voice. He shows that those who served had their own internal conflict and that's not something you often hear about. He was in a completely different environment under very difficult circumstances....and he left changed. I never felt he hated everyone, I felt he dealt with situations as they came up. Well done and thank you!

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  • Steve C.
  • 15-11-2018

Good story but....................

If you're looking for a book about flying helicopters in Vietnam you might want to look else where. It's more of the authors rolling in the mud about coping with Vietnam. Surprisingly you would think the author never had a friend in the world. He pretty much dislikes everybody he ever met including his family. But that being said it is a good book. It's more about dealing with demons than flying helicopters.

Lots of us went. I did in 1968 and again in 1970 flying helicopters. I had a different outlook than the author both during and after my two tours.

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