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It looks like the overall ratio is one in five. Some moments were peaceful, many were not. It should have put me off for life. I guess I never truly understood how brutal this war was. The old man said nothing about Morris except that we ought to get some money together for flowers for his wife, but Sherman took it upon himself to give a little speech that night.

He presented the world a rare and unshielded veiw of the Vietnam War. Chickenhawk deals chronologically with Mason’s training and his experiences in, and immediately after, Vietnam. This article needs additional citations for verification. Mason eventually transfers to another unit, which is engaged in an unofficial side-business of delivering ice in return for favours and various commodities. View all 7 comments. The book recounts the training and duty tour of Robert Mason, a helicopter pilot who served in the air cav during the height of the Vietnam conflict.


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On the short list of great soldier memoirs, somewhere near maxon top, is Chickenhawk. War is not the answer. The poor training and refusal to fight on the part of the ARVN South Vietnamese armythe fear in the eyes chicknehawk South Vietnamese he came in contact with bothered Mason a great deal. I will never look at a Vet the same way. Mason provides an excellent description of how he learned how to fly helicopters.

In two days we flew 12 assaults into the same areas we had taken several times before. He could have shaved much detail from this book and still had a hit on his hands, but he gave everything he had to Chickenhawk and it became a special pie What a terrific book.

When I was flying, my life was in my own hands. Huey after Huey hovered to a landing. You get maosn gut-wrenching view into the expansion of U.

For a while those fighting thought they were winning a war chifkenhawk would go on for years longer and claim many more victims.

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Its very title, comes from pages The last part of his Vietnam tour was with a unit called the Xhickenhawk, and his account of his stay there is quite astounding and very different than the 1st Cav. Surely today’s helicopter pilots would enjoy technical and tactical comparisons of that era to their much advanced ships today. Get to Know Us. An absolutely superb piece of writing!


I first read this book years ago, and it is chickenhadk a doubt one of the best war memoirs on my shelf and one to which I regularly return as I just did for the third time, to read during a lengthy trip abroad. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

I realize that’s the case for the majority of people that experience heavy combat across all of human history, but this one was still unique in that helicopter pilots flying combat was a fairly new idea at the time. Yes since you’re probably not a pilot and just want a good book This beautiful and innocent girl on the other side of the world insisted that I call her Sally.

This is a great read for Vietnam Veterans or those interested in how it really cnickenhawk.

Thank you Bob Mason! Louis Post Dispatch “Simply told, honest, detailed, dramatic, outstanding!


I am immensely honored to have read Chickenhawk. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Chickenhawk is brave and awful and specific.