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Dead Men Flying: Victory in Viet Nam The Legend of Dust off: America's Battlefield Angels Hardcover – October 18, 2012

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  • Hardcover: 307 pages
  • Publisher: WND Books; 1 edition (October 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936488353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936488353
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.2 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
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MAJOR GENERAL (RET) PAT BRADY served over 34 years in the Army in duty stations across the world: In Berlin during the building of the Wall; as commander of the DMZ in Korea, in the Dominican Republic; in the Pentagon as chief spokesman for the Army and for 2 years in Viet Nam. In two tours in Viet Nam he rescued over 5000 wounded and flew over 2500 combat missions. He is identified in the Encyclopedia of the Viet Nam War as the top helicopter pilot in that war and is one of two Viet Nam soldiers to earn both the Medal of Honor and the Distin- guished Service Cross, our nation's second highest award. Some pundits also identify him as the most decorated living veteran. His awards include: Two Distinguished Service Medals; the Defense Superior Service Medal; the Legion of Merit; six Distinguished Flying Crosses; two Bronze Stars, one for valor; the Purple Heart and 53 Air Medals, one for valor. He is a member of both the Army Aviation and Dust Off Halls of Fame. Brady is a former president of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and a past Commis- sioner of the Battle Monuments Commission during the construction of the WWII memorial. General Brady has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Seattle University and an MBA from Notre Dame University.

MEGHAN BRADY SMITH was commissioned a second lieutenant Medical Service Corps from the ROTC Brady Battalion at Seattle University where she earned dual degrees in Journalism and the Humanities. She also has a Master's degree in education. She served in Germany, Kosovo, Kuwait and Operation Iraqi Freedom during the invasion of Iraq where she earned the Bronze Star. She married Matt, an Army aviator, and left the military as a captain. She is now a homeschooling mom with four children homesteading in the wilds of Vermont.

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This is one of those books that is hard to put down once you get started.
Just Me
This is a great story about these heroic men who risked their lives to save others.
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Would recommend anyone who has been in war with a beloved unit read this book.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Carl Bartecchi on July 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
General Patric Brady is one of the most highly decorated veterans in American history. After reading this book, you will understand why. He truely merited the Congressional Medal of Honor, which he was awarded during his second tour in Vietnam, for an almost unbelievable rescue effort as a "Dust Off" helicopter ambulance pilot. Flying in bad weather, in enemy held territory, his helicopters badly damaged by enemy fire,utilizing 3 different helicopters, he still managed to evacuate 51 seriously woulded soldiers, many of whom would have died without the rapid treatment that his efforts afforded. Flying over 2500 combat missions, he was responsible for the rescue of over 5000 woulded during his two tours in Vietnam. This book cronicles many of his most notable rescue missions. It also tells the story of the "Dust Off" ambulance helicopter units and the legendary figures that became associated with these units. These units, composed of pilots, crew members and their supporting crews, in my view, were the real heroes of the Vietnam War, though never receiving the recognition that I thought that they deserved. This book should change that. Brady brings forth new information about other heroes of the Vietnam War era, Major Charles Kelly, Doctor Pat Smith and a host of others who devoted their lives to the rescue of others. The stories of Brady's determination, hard work, and faith cannot help but be an inspiration for anyone who, like he, suffered setbacks during the course of their lives.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rufus Thayer on September 5, 2010
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This is a history of the outstanding service of the Dust Off Medevac pilots in Viet Nam told by a pilot who started his Medevac service as an air ambulance pilot at the time the Dust Off operation began under its creator Charles Kelly. The author's account of developing flying techniques to rescue wounded soldiers in record time under frequently horrific circumstances, even though such techniques were questioned by remotely assigned superiors, is an eloquent statement of his commitment and his colleagues' commitment, to the Dust Off mission.

Each chapter tells of a problem encountered and how it was resolved in order to maintain a record of rescuing a patient on the battlefield and delivering the patient to a hospital in record time during the "golden hour".

Some chapters tell of individual experiences of Dust Off personnel as well as the problems encountered in maintaining effective communication of the Dust Off operation up the chain of command.

The reader will conclude that at the front line level we are blessed to have such outstanding soldiers who's leadership and commitment to the Mission, despite severe personal disappointments, is in the highest tradition of our military service.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Richard S. Botkin on October 18, 2012
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Do not read "Dead Men Flying" with the expectation that General Brady will describe the actions that earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor. Instead Brady uses the position accorded his rank and stature as the award's recipient to extol the genuine decency, bravery and honor of the men he served with. He showcases similar passion for the "Dust Off" mission. What is particularly refreshing is to read story after story of common men doing very uncommon things, brave things, again and again and again, and mostly at night.
General Brady's writing demonstrates a genuine humility perfectly blended with undiminished passion for his faith, a loyalty to those he served with and love of country. In addition the reader is treated to commentary on the Vietnam War's progress not found in too many books.
"Dead Men Flying" is an especially important read as a leadership primer for anyone who has authority over others, but is particularly critical for junior officers and NCOs.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By REES LLOYD on August 28, 2010
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This book on the untold story of "humanitarian acts of American GI's in Vietnam during, not just after, war," exemplified by the "Dust Off" helicopter ambulance pilots and crews who saved tens of thousands of lives inspired by "Dust Off" legend Army Maj. Charles Kelly, killed in action, should be must reading for every veteran and patriot -- and every liberal with an open mind willing to hear truths about the Vietnam War and those who served in it. It is written by one who lived the Kelly code of combat honor and became one of America's greatest living military heroes, Maj. Gen. Patrick H. Brady (USA, ret.), Medal of Honor Recipient, considered to be perhaps the fifth most decorated American soldier in history.

Vietnam veterans were the first veterans to return home to be scorned, turned away from, even vilified. Brady, who became known as "the GI's general," tells a different story, detailing the humanitarian acts of GI's in Vietnam, rarely if ever recognized by the American media and opinion makers, or known by the American public generally. He writes in part: "The thing that makes Viet Nam so intolerable is what the elite have done to dishonor...the Viet Nam veteran and destroy their unselfish and honorable legacy. ...But not even the elite could guarantee total defeat. The American Soldier still found victory -- in humanitarianism...And the humanitarianism took place during the heat of battle. The GI fixed as he fought, he cured and educated and built in the middle of the battle. He truly cared for, and about, those people. What other Army has ever done that? Humanitarianism was America's great victory in Vietnam."

Do you believe that? Disbelieve that? Read this book. Take the challenge. Gen.
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