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To the Limit: An Air Cav Huey Pilot in Vietnam Paperback – October 2, 2007
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Praise for To the Limit
“To the Limit is a first-person journey into the grit, grimness, and chaos of war, told by a helicopter hero in a way that nails the feel, the mood, and the talk of air cavalrymen in battle.”—Robert F. Dorr, author of Chopper: A History of American Military Helicopter Operations from WWII to the War on Terror
“This is the real thing: helicopter combat at its birth. No wonder Army helo drivers were among the most decorated aviators of the Vietnam War. Tom Johnson truly shows us what the rank-and-file Huey crews experienced.”—Peter B. Mersky, author of From the Flight Deck: An Anthology of the Best Writing on Carrier Warfare and U.S. Marine Corps Aviation: 1912 to the Present
“Always leery of superlatives in book reviews, I feel compelled to use them in describing Tom Johnson’s To the Limit. It is an intense, compelling, gut-wrenching narrative—by far the best account of helicopter warfare I have read.”—William Smallwood, author of Strike Eagle: Flying the F-15E in the Gulf War and Warthog: Flying the A-10 in the Gulf War
About the Author
Tom A. Johnson was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal (with five Silver Leaf Clusters), and the Bronze Star for his Vietnam War service.
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Back to Tom's book, I was greatly moved by his descriptions of wounded and dying young men he risked his life to save, and the interactions with other men who accompanied them. The tears welled easily in my eyes as I read the words of a man who certainly could have lost his own life in those efforts. His ability to fly the Huey made a difference in the lives of so many, and he certainly deserved the accolades received for his skill and daring. His descriptions of flying into tiny LZs lit up by mortar and small arms fire --- in darkness! --- were fascinating and heart stopping. For a man so young at the time, his experience, compassion, and leadership skills were exemplary. His love for his wife was also extraordinary, and I am so glad that he survived the war to go back to her. He will always be a hero to me, and I thank him for his service, and taking the time to write this excellent book. I wish him a long life and happiness. firstname.lastname@example.org
This was my first book to read about a soldier's experiences in Vietnam. My dad, who served in the 1st Air Cav, has told me some stories of his experiences as an infrantryman in Vietnam. I searched for a book on Amazon that was written by a veteran who served around the same time my dad served (but was not gruesome) and found Tom A. Johnson's To The Limit. Every minute of the book was captivating! I enjoyed hearing the stories of his experiences, and feeling the triumphs, losses, pride, and pains he felt as he served out his duties as a helicopter pilot for the 1st Cav. I enjoyed it so much that I re-read some chapters to make sure I got every detail of the story. It is easy to read a little at a time, put it down, and pick it back up seamlessly. I wished the story wouldn't have ended, but it ends with a courageous serviceman being able to return home to those who love him. I appreciate Mr. Johnson's service and sacrifice for my freedom. I HIGHLY recommend this to MOTHERS, WIVES, SISTERS, AND DAUGHTERS of Vietnam Veterans who would like to learn, feel, celebrate, mourn, and find humor at times. I am certain you will feel blessed to know Mr. Johnson's story and proud to be an AMERICAN!