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John Brennan, a Vietnam veteran of the 114th Assault Helicopter Company, is also the author of Vietnam War Helicopter Art. He lives in Chico, California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Hellgate Press (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555716946
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555716943
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,525,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Perhaps I misunderstood the reviews, but I was expecting a significant number of color pictures of helicopters in the field, showing the application of names in the field.

The book is a very thorough, comprehensive, detailed LIST of helicopters by name, location, unit, and appears to be very complete in that respect. It contains perhaps a dozen or two small black and white photos that are all but useless for any serious reference.

It is a great LIST, but a very poor photographic record of the helicopter fleet in Vietnam. Perhaps having a preview of the contents would have eliminated any confusion...

I plan to take advantage of Amazon's return policy...
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American involvement in the Vietnam War went through phases, and the mindset of participants at each particular period reflected this. John Brennan's "U.S. Army Helicopter Names in Vietnam" will show you through the changing nature of aircraft personal naming, how the attitudes of Army aviators changed during different phases of the war. Although the U.S. had advisers in Vietnam in the early 1960's, the war was in its genesis. Gunbird Driver: A Marine Huey Pilot's War in Vietnam (Blue Jacket Bks) The president at the time, John F. Kennedy sent inept South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem limited military advisers and Green Berets, but became so frustrated by Diem's incompetence that he turned his back on him upon learning of a coup being planned to remove him and from office. In early November of 1963, Diem's own generals kidnapped him, shuttled him and his brother to a basement in the Cholon section of Saigon, murdering them both. Twenty-two days later, JFK was assassinated in Dallas. Shortly before his assassination in November of 1963, Kennedy had begun a limited recall of U.S. forces.

The true era of what one would call American involvement in Vietnam started after Lyndon Johnson took office, and the Tonkin Gulf Incident supposedly occurred in August of 1964. In regard to the North Vietnamese torpedo attacks on two U.S. warships, Defense Secretary Robert McNamara failed to inform LBJ that the naval task group commander in the Tonkin Gulf had changed his mind about the attacks he had reported earlier that day, and the result was the famous Tonkin Gulf Resolution that gave LBJ the power to conduct military operations in Southeast Asia without declaring war.
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U.S. ARMY HELICOPTER NAMES IN VIETNAM (Paperback) by John Brennan

This book is a treasure of historical information, helicopter units, types, nose art, and most of all individual helicopter names. The book is a must for historians, Vietnam unit webmasters, aircrew, and anyone who remembers flying in those special machines. The book has something for everyone who spent any time in Vietnam. The Army helicopter was the work horse of the war, it took us into places, and thankfully out of places, it brought us mail, food, beer, and some of everything else. Few veterans have forgotten their first ride in a helicopter, good or bad. Traveling as a passenger or as a crew member, there was a freedom while in the helicopter that was special. The excitement of the take off, the cool breeze and clean smell of the air as it moved swiftly from place to place. It was the closest thing to a magic carpet ride any of us had ever experienced before. A euphoria that overcame us, we were in a special place, away from the ground and away on a special machine.

Many of us only experienced this on one or two occasions, but we remember the experience, and noted the helicopter we flew in with awl and thanks. The thanked our crews for the trips to Vung Tau, Saigon, seldom to the LZ, but always for the trip out. We remember the faces and the machines only by the shape, noise, nose art, and name on the crew doors.
This book allows us to go back and revisit those wonderful machines, we can see some of the nose art, and for the ships that had names on the doors we can remember the ship and those days long gone. You can cross reference unit, a/c name, and other sources.

I personally enjoyed some of the rare never published before photos.
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This is the book to read if you are interested in the "folk art" of the soldier in Viet Nam and the times that influenced them. It is mindboggling how author Brennan compiled this huge resource of crew-named Viet Nam-era helicoptors. A never-before known piece of history, as, before now, everyone missed the reality of what an important and unedited window into the hearts of these fighting men the names and paint designs really are. What a novel, unique, artistic, overlooked and ultimatly important perspective. Finally the grunt gets his folksy artistic due. The heart and soul of these army crews now have their voice and there is a record of their moment. This book is facinating and is the first to document and focus on this soldier's tradition in this war. A great vision by the author. It also explains all the lingo, abreviations, and technical terms so everyone can understand what was going on. Bravo John Brennan. Keep 'em coming.
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