By Tim O'Brien
Earlier than writing his award-winning Going After Cacciato, Tim O'Brien gave us this intensely own account of his 12 months as a foot soldier in Vietnam. the writer takes us with him to adventure wrestle from at the back of an infantryman's rifle, to stroll the minefields of My Lai, to move slowly into the ghostly tunnels, and to discover the ambiguities of manhood and morality in a battle long gone extraordinarily flawed. superbly written and searingly heartfelt, If I Die in a wrestle Zone is a masterwork of its style.
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Piloted by Dick Dutson (pictured). Name might have been the call sign of the aircraft commander. DICK DUTSON RITA ANN. UH-1H, 67-17725. 117th Assault Helicopter Company. Long Binh, 1969. Piloted by Mike Deady AC. Accrued 1,835 flight hours, serving all its time in the 117th. GRANT CURTIS RAT FINK. UH-1D. 121st Assault Helicopter Company. Soc Trang, 1967. Crewed by Jerry McBee CE. Name and artwork inspired by the iconic logo by famous funny car artist Ed Roth. GARY DOWLER STRANGE DAZE. UH-1H, 67-17304.
271st Assault Support Helicopter Company. Can Tho, 1970. Crewed by Craig Markovich FE. Name derived from the Marvel comics superhero. Artwork by Rick Ferrell. Served from March 1968 to June 1971, accumulating 2,042 flight hours, serving in the 271st from January 1969 to June 1971, when it crashed short of the runway and sustained serious structural damage. CRAIG MARKOVICH CAPTAIN AMERICA. CH-47B, 67-18462. 271st Assault Support Helicopter Company. Can Tho, 1970. Craig Markovich FE (pictured) finishes up a paint job on the rear pylon of his assigned Chinook.
Murphy DG. Named after the mascot of Fritos Corn Chips. Accrued 1,418 flight hours from March 1968 to August 1970, with a stint in the 116th from April to August 1970. Loss to inventory on August 7, 1970. JUAN GARCIA THUMPER. UH-1D, 64-13583. 117th Assault Helicopter Company. III Corps, 1966. Crewed by Dennis Wood CE (pictured). Named after Wood’s girlfriend and future wife. Accrued 2,268 flight hours from 1965 through November 1967 before it was loss to inventory on December 3, 1967. DENNIS WOOD LADY LUCK.