Vietnam Above the Treetops: A Forward Air Controller Reports

John F. Flanagan, Author Praeger Publishers $119.95 (336p) ISBN 978-0-275-93738-6
The author of this outstanding military memoir describes his experiences in Vietnam as a forward air-controller in 1966, piloting slow-moving, low-flying spotter planes, orchestrating spectacular air strikes (``saturation ordnance'') and shepherding the long-range reconnaissance teams of Project Delta, an autonomous Special Forces outfit staffed by Americans and Vietnamese. A strong writer with an eye for telling detail, Flanagan vividly conveys what it was like flying hazardous missions in monsoon weather, bending rules and regulations for the sake of the task at hand, enjoying the camaraderie of fellow warriors and waging war despite critical shortages and malfunctions. Flanagan notes that he became something of a burnout case near the end of his tour, flying carelessly and with a false sense of immortality. He was, he reports, ``tired of fighting incompetency and educating the stupid.'' The most dramatic section of the book tells a two-part story of the loss of a Project Delta team in an ambush and the night 16 years later when a voice on the phone said ``My name is Eleanor Bott Gregory. Do you know what happened to my brother?'' Photos. Military Book Club dual main selection. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 02/03/1992
Release date: 02/01/1992
Paperback - 336 pages - 978-0-313-36063-3
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-440-21510-3
Portable Document Format (PDF) - 337 pages - 978-0-313-06630-6
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