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MaxPower 12614 Steel Piston Stop Tool
MaxPower 12614 Steel Piston Stop Tool
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, April 19, 2016
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Great tool! A necessity for anyone with 2-stroke equipment who wants to do their own maintenance.

Dremel MM20-07 2.3-Amp Multi-Max Oscillating Tool Kit with 6 Universal Quickfit Accessories
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Dialogues of Devils
Dialogues of Devils
by John MacGowan
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should be read by all modern Christians., October 4, 2014
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This review is from: Dialogues of Devils (Paperback)
This book should be read by every modern Christian. The author (who happens to be my ancestor) points out something that seems to have been forgotten by the modern church, especially Evangelicals, and that is that it is Satan who is control of the earth and will be until Christ returns. Pastor MacGowan did an excellent job of demonstrating how devils control everything including churches by recording dialogues between certain devils, particularly the two leaders who represent Pride and Greed. This should be a must-read for Bible-believing Christians, especially pastors and teachers.

Hatfields & McCoys
Hatfields & McCoys
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hardly Historical, June 8, 2014
This review is from: Hatfields & McCoys (DVD)
While I enjoyed the movie in terms of entertainment, I did not find it to be anywhere close to historically accurate. For example, although they show Anse Hatfield as having deserted from the Confederate army - which is apparently true - there is no mention that he was part of the home guard along with his uncle Jim Vance. Rosanna and Nancy McCoy are depicted as having been about the same age when in fact Nancy was at least four years younger than her cousin - she was only 16 when she married Johnson Hatfield. Frank Philips is depicted as a man well into his thirties when in fact he was only in his twenties. Frank is depicted as having been shot and dying on the spot when he actually died some time afterwards and was almost forty years old at the time of his death. Perry Cline is depicted as a single man with the hots for Rossana when in fact he was married to one Martha Adkins, (Some sources give her last name as McCoy, but if so, she must have been married to a McCoy before she married Cline. The film indicates that Cline was victim to fraud in the case of the land claimed by Hatfield, but in fact a WV court awarded the land to Hatfield as damages after Hatfield sued Cline for "stealing timber" off of the land, which Cline had received as an inheritance. Cline's sister was the wife of Asa McCoy, who was believed to have been murdered by Jim Vance in early 1865. As entertainment, the movie is okay but don't depend on it as a historical account of the famous feud.

One Jump: out of the frying pan... into the fire
One Jump: out of the frying pan... into the fire
by Nathan Cannon
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fictionalized Account of Flying In Laos 1959-60, May 3, 2013
ONE JUMP is a fictionalized account of flying in Laos in the days just before the US became heavily involved in Southeast Asia. The author, Nathan Cannon, has a mirror relationship with Nathaniel Gunn, the son of the famous Pappy Gunn of World War II and no doubt got much of his information from him. There is a lot of material in this book based on real events, and if the reader pays attention, they will understand why the United States lost the war in Southeast Asia that it began right after this novel concludes. A must read for any one with an interest in flying, particularly in remote foreign lands.

The Lucky Loadmaster: Autobiography of an Elite U.S. Air Force Loadmaster
The Lucky Loadmaster: Autobiography of an Elite U.S. Air Force Loadmaster
by Thomas F. Stalvey
Edition: Hardcover
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting Story, April 14, 2012
The Lucky Loadmaster

Let me start by saying that Tom Stalvey is my friend. We were trailer mates at Clark AB in 1969 and became reacquainted a few years ago. With that said, let me say that Tom has written a really moving memoir of his life and how it has been affected by the 17 months he spent flying in Vietnam. This is a war story in part, but it goes a lot further than that. He describes his life as one of eight children of a loving mother and abusive father (whom he has forgiven) growing up in Asheboro, NC and how he went from an introverted boy to a self-confident young man when he became an active weight lifter (he still is.) He also developed an interest in automobiles - rebuilding Camaros has been his life-long hobby. After he enlisted in the Air Force, he got into Harley-Davidson motorcycles, and was heavily involved in the Harley world in Nashville and Atlanta after he left the service. Tom's Vietnam service began in January, 1968 literally at the beginning of the Tet Offensive, which put him into the heaviest combat of the war, particularly for C-130 crews. He landed at and flew drop missions over Khe Sanh, then later over A Loi, where his airplane was shot up and returned with over 120 holes. He lost friends when a squadron crew was shot down over A Loi the same day he flew drops there earlier in the day. One of his friends, Gary Pate, had a premonition that he would die in Vietnam and told his friends at Sewart AFB, Tennessee where they were all stationed that he wouldn't be coming back. Gary was lost on a C-130 flare mission in May, 1968.

Considering his experiences and his return to civilian life immediately after returning from overseas, it's little wonder that he went into a life of drifting (emotionally and spiritually rather than literally) as he went from job to job and relationship to relationship. His experience was made even worse by the lack of acceptance by Vietnam veterans who were in the Army and Marine Corps who fail to recognize - or forgot - that Air Force C-130 and other airlift crews laid their lives on the line every day to keep them supplied, bring them to rear hospitals and returning their bodies to the mortuaries in Saigon and Da Nang. They called us "mortar magnets" but seem to have forgotten that they did.

Like most memoirs, there are some things that some critics will point out. Tom published his book as print-on-demand and the people who were supposed to be editing failed to check punctuation. There are also a few errors, such as identifying the 773rd Tactical Airlift Squadron as the 772nd. These are things that can be easily corrected since print on demand publishing allows corrections.

This book should be read by everyone, not only Vietnam veterans but by anyone who was growing up in the fifties and sixties. Tom not only tells the story of his military experiences, but of his life before and after. It is a riveting story.

The Greatest Airlift: The Story of Combat Cargo
The Greatest Airlift: The Story of Combat Cargo
by Annis G Thompson
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great History, February 1, 2012
This unit history that was originally produced for 315th Air Division veterans is an excellent picture of how the Combat Cargo Division functioned in Korea. A must for anyone interested in Air Force history.

Boone: A Biography (Shannon Ravenel Books (Paperback))
Boone: A Biography (Shannon Ravenel Books (Paperback))
by Robert Morgan
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What happens when a literature professor writes a historical book, February 18, 2011
While I enjoyed the book and learned a great deal from it, I was put off by the constant speculation and comparisons. This book should have been less than two/thirds the size it is due to all of the unrelated material.

1942: The Year That Tried Men's Souls
1942: The Year That Tried Men's Souls
by Winston Groom
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to snuff, February 18, 2011
I am currently reading this book and while Winston Groom is one of my favorite authors, he fell short on this one. The book has good points, but they are offset by his lack of adequate research and outright misrepresentations. For example, in one footnote he claims that the Boeing B-17 was a major weapon of the war and that more than 100,000 were built. Actually, some 12,000 were built and except for the first year of the war, they were used exclusively in Europe. He also refers to the B-24 Liberator, of which half again as many were built than B-17s - more than 18,000 - as a "medium" bomber. In fact, it was considerably larger than a B-17 and carried a heavier bombload. It appears that Groom was misled by some of his sources. He makes the same mistakes as so many as claiming that the Far East Air Force was wiped out on the opening day of the war, and implies that all of the P-40s at Clark were destroyed by Japanese bombs and strafing. In fact, only about ten P-40s were destroyed by a lucky bomb hit and while about twenty were lost that day, the majority were loss due to fuel exhaustion and engine failure. Furthermore, half of the B-17s were at Mindanao and weren't attacked. While he tells some good stories, he leaves out some very important ones. He lists Lt. Col. William E. Dyess' book as one of his sources but makes no mention of the daring and deadly attack carried out by Dyess against Japanese ships at Subic Bay and doesn't mention that Dyess engineered an escape from the POW camp at Davao after surviving the most deadly part of the Death March. He claims that Jimmy Doolittle only came back into the Army a month before he began planning the attack on Tokyo when in fact he was recalled into the Air Corps in 1940. I wish I could rate it higher but can't do it.
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My New Guinea Diary
My New Guinea Diary
by Ernest C. Ford
Edition: Paperback
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Must Read, November 4, 2010
This review is from: My New Guinea Diary (Paperback)
My New Guinea Diary is a must-read for anyone interested in either World War II or military air transportation for two reasons - the author was a sergeant pilot and he took part in some of the most important operations in US military history. While authors and publishers focus their attention on bombers and fighters, troop carrier crews - and their tactical airlift successors - were right in the thick of things, landing their overloaded transports on hastily constructed "landing strips" which in New Guinea were nothing but swaths that had been cut in the kunaia grass with a machete. Not only was Ernie Ford a sergeant pilot - he was commissioned while overseas - he also was recognized as the single US Army pilot in World War II with the most credited combat missions, including a few he flew in bombers as a volunteer copilot. The contribution of troop carriers in World War II, Korea and Vietnam has been all but ignored by authors who are leaving out an important part of history. Buy it! Read it! Pass it along to your friends!

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