Price Of Exit: A True Story Of Helicopter Pilots In Vietnam by Tom MarshallPrice Of Exit: A True Story Of Helicopter Pilots In Vietnam by Tom Marshall

Price Of Exit: A True Story Of Helicopter Pilots In Vietnam

byTom Marshall

Mass Market Paperback | April 29, 1998

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"The risk of a fatal catastrophe was constant. The NVA was the enemy, but the ultimate opponent was, quite simply, death. . . ."

For assault helicopter crews flying in and around the NVA-infested DMZ, the U.S. pullout from Vietnam in 1970-71 was a desperate time of selfless courage. Now former army warrant officer Tom Marshall of the Phoenix, C Company, 158th Aviation Battalion, 101st Airborne, captures the deadly mountain terrain, the long hours flown under enormous stress, the grim determination of hardened pilots combat-assaulting through walls of antiaircraft fire, the pickups amid exploding mortar shells and hails of AK fire, the nerve-racking string extractions of SOG teams from North Vietnam. . . . And, through it all, the rising tension as helicopter pilots and crews are lost at an accelerating pace.

It is no coincidence that the Phoenix was one of the most highly decorated assault helicopter units in I Corps. For as the American departure accelerated and the enemy added new, more powerful antiaircraft weapons, the helicopter pilots, crew chiefs, and gunners paid the heavy price of withdrawal in blood. For more than 30 Percent of Tom Marshall's 130 helicopter-school classmates, the price of exit was their lives. . . .
Tom Marshall enlisted in the United States Army in the Warrant Officer Rotary Wing Pilot course in 1969. During his one-year tour in Vietnam, he received the Bronze Star for meritorious service after two months of action with the 4th Infantry Division at An Khe, where he flew OH-58s for 1st Brigade, Headquarters Company. He was next as...
Title:Price Of Exit: A True Story Of Helicopter Pilots In VietnamFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:392 pages, 6.84 × 4.2 × 0.83 inPublished:April 29, 1998Publisher:Random House Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0804117152

ISBN - 13:9780804117159

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A startling and sober account by a survivor of the air war in Vietnam--thirty percent of whose flight-school comrades died. The author begins with the dreadful losses and impossible bravery of the helicopter pilots who flew through NVA antiaircraft fire at Firebase Ripcord and goes through the terrifying invasion of Laos in 1971. Original