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Product Details

  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (February 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450509770
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450509770
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,034,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

The goal of this story is to reach out to families and loved ones who never understood why their "warrior" has been so quiet about Vietnam. Hopefully, this will help you to have a better firsthand view of those men and women, and what they went through. The author also hopes this will bring healing to those who served in combat, and help them realize that their memories are not faulty. These things did happen, and they can and should be proud to have served so honorably and bravely. More at missionsoffireandmercy.com

About the Author

WILLIAM E. PETERSON grew up in a small rural town in Upper Michigan where his wife began saving all of his business cards. He's multi-talented but bores easily. He was a flight instructor for both airplanes and helicopters, and worked as a corporate pilot for 18 years. Log home builder, taxidermist, and owner and operator of a trucking company are just a few of his former professions.

Peterson had written a couple of magazine articles prior to writing about his '67-'68 tour in Vietnam. After 15 years of passionate writing, the author released his first book: Missions of Fire and Mercy~Until Death Do Us Part. In 2011, Peterson won the Silver Medal Award for memoirs from the Military Writer's Society of America Awards Program.
 After his well-received first book, he felt something was missing. He decided that even though he didn't know most grunts personally, it was his duty to honor them by writing Chopper Warriors ~ Kicking The Hornet's Nest

When he's not writing, Peterson works as a home inspector and resides in Piney Flats, Tennessee with his wonderful wife, Cindi.

He is a member of The National Purple Heart Hall of Fame.

Customer Reviews

Very interesting, fast paced and well written book.
Enrique Olmos
Dad never spoke much of his time in Vietnam so I'm very grateful to men like Mr. Peterson that took the time to write of their experiences.
P. Emery
Once I began reading this book, I could not put it down.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sligachan on December 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
Missions of Fire And Mercy
Until Death Do Us part.
White Robe 6 calling Yellow One.... over.

This incredible true story is a roller coaster ride of courage under fire, valour, humility, personal struggle and faith set against the background of the Vietnam War.
The Author writes frankly about his thoughts, feelings, and actions as a Helicopter Gunship Crew Chief responsible for the safety of his Crew and that 'Band of Brothers', he transports to the fire of War.Or when returning to pull them out of the valley of death while enduring the maelstrom of live fire.
Delivering death to the enemy, and mercy when it is needed, he paints a vivid picture of the humanity of soldiers when faced with the specter of death.

The Author does not pull any punches when describing the carnage of war, and hand-to-hand combat, or wounded men screaming in pain, or those who lie silently in the sleep of death.

The window the Author opens enables one to see, smell and feel the 'Event Horizon', where life and death meet in an eternal struggle. He has tasted the exultation of living for one more day, and swallowed the bitterness of loss as his buddies fail to return or die before him. Death is his constant companion yet hysterical laughter erupts as a Viet Cong grenade turns out to be a very frightened rabbit that has jumped into their foxhole.
One can feel the relief and hysteria in the Bunker; and laugh along!

But yet in all the horrors of war he retains his faith and reliance on White Robe 6,the Call Sign for the God who holds the fate of every man and woman in the palm of his hand.
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I purchased this book because the author was from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan as was I. People born and raised in the UP have a unique trait of telling it straight and without any sugar-coating. I don't personally know the author, but after having read the book, I feel like I do. I like the style in which the book is laid out. I have passed this book on to a Vietnam veteran who I work with and when I get it back, it is going to be passed on to my 23 year old son, a History major who loves to read the personal stories of war. I have read several books on Vietnam and I include this one in my list of "good books" read in my lifetime. Thank you Bill Peterson for sharing your story.

J. Schwanz
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ronald L. Christopher on March 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book has 52 reviews so I am going to write a review in a different manner because I already know what a crew chief, door gunner and pilots went through. I was a senior NCO Ranger in a reconnaissance unit, A Troop, 9th Cavalry (which is also the title of my first book). While I had no bad thoughts about Peterson's book I also had no problems laying it down and coming back in a day or two. I think that is because I have been there, on choppers as a Recon Platoon Sgt. I was also there as the first team leader of the LRRPs of the 1st Cavalry Division's LRRPs, my second book (Above All Else).
In saying all that is it necessary to run off to the local book store, falling down and scraping your knees to buy this book? No, not unless you are or were a chopper crew chief or door gunner. On the bright side, while you are in town you might amble over to the book store and pick up a copy. It is worth the read. So, my review will be what a crew chief in my unit wrote to me. I know Jim Talley very well. He is a good man. Here we go.
"It was early March '66 and I (Jim Talley) had been the crew chief for a couple of weeks at the most. We had redeployed to An Khe from our Bong Son operation in February and we were flying reconnaissance missions around the base camp. On this particular day we were flying northeast of An Khe with another gunship. I was as green as Spring Grass and had not been under fire yet. But we were flying in a free fire zone where anything could happen at any moment. We spotted signs of the enemy almost immediately. It wasn't long before we began to receive automatic weapons fire and after marking the spot with smoke, we rolled in for a gun run. We both shot the place up with rockets and machine gun fire.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lynne M. Black on April 16, 2012
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During my three tours in Vietnam I took many a chopper ride out to the AO as a grunt and always was glad I didn't have your job. To this day I would much rather be on the ground facing the enemy than hanging in the air taking hits as you drop off or pick up our guys. I have the utmost admiration for all you guys and the heroic jobs you performed. Without you many of us would be just fertilizer in Southeast Asia. Thank you ...

As a writer, I like the approach you took with Missions Of Fire & Mercy. The letters home and filling in the detail blanks is a great approach. It allows the reader to be with you on the flights as well as experience your relationship with those you flew with and your changing relationships at home. Once I picked the up I read it in one sitting. You get five stars from me.

Sincerely,

Lynne M. Black Jr.
5th Special Forces
MACV/SOG
One Zero
RT Alabama
RT Idaho
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More About the Author

WILLIAM E. PETERSON grew up in a small rural town in Upper Michigan where his wife began saving all of his business cards. He's multi-talented but bores easily. He was a flight instructor for both airplanes and helicopters, worked as a corporate pilot for 18 years. Log home builder, taxidermist, and owner and operator of a trucking company are just a few of his former professions.

Peterson had written a couple of magazine articles prior to writing about his '67-'68 tour in Vietnam. After 15 years of passionate writing, the author released his first book: "Missions of Fire and Mercy~Until Death Do Us Part". In 2011, Peterson won the Silver Medal Award for memoirs from the Military Writer's Society of America Awards Program.
 After his well-received first book, he felt something was missing. He decided that even though he didn't know most grunts personally, it was his duty to honor them by writing "Chopper Warriors ~ Kicking The Hornet's Nest". Entering this book in the 2014 International Reader's Favorite Awards, it won a Silver Award.

Peterson is a retired Corporate Pilot who spends his time writing and enjoying his wonderful wife and grandchildren. He resides in Piney Flats, Tennessee with his wife, Cindi.

He is a member of The National Purple Heart Hall of Fame, the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) and the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA). With this group of men, he travels to many schools in Tennessee and Virginia where they speak to students about their experiences and the history of Viet Nam. They have taught classes for over 40,000 students over the past several years. In many cases, this is the only education these students ever get on Viet Nam.

For more info visit: missionsoffireandmercy.com and chopperwarriors.com

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