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Fascinating account of one's experience in war,
This review is from: Angel's Wing: A Year in the Skies of Vietnam (Hardcover)
Once I began reading Angel's Wing: A Year in the Skies of Vietnam, I found myself completely intrigued by Lt. Finch's account of what it is like to be fresh out of flight training and placed in a war. Though I am of similar age to the author, I was lucky to have not fought in Vietnam. His account of the events helps me to understand what it must have been like to be 25 and asked to risk your life constantly in order to ensure the rescue of others even though you are doing it while being shot at and know that if caught, your head is worth a fortune to the VC. The life of a helicopter pilot in Vietnam was full of danger and the sights he saw must have been gruesome. I deeply appreciate the courage he must of had to volunteer for service even though so many guys were not coming back home at that time. We owe a debt of gratitude that young men like the author are willing to put their lives on the line when asked by their country to serve.
The question of whether we should have been there is not really relevant to the story. All that matters is that so many lives were saved by his true heroism. It is tragic that so many did not come home again. It is outstanding that so many did come home again because of the efforts of "young men" like the author.
Read the book and have some feeling of what it must be like to risk all to save others. This book is a real inspiration.