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Helicopter pilots in Vietnam kidded one another about being nothing but glorified bus drivers. But these "rotor heads" saved thousands of American lives while performing what the Army classified as the most dangerous job it had to offer. One in eighteen did not return home. This author flew the UH-1 Iroquois - better known as the Huey - in the 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion of the First Air Cavalry Division. In 1967 and 1968 he accumulated an astonishing 1,600 flying hours (1,150 combat and 450 non-combat). His battalion was one of the most highly decorated units in the Vietnam War which helped to redefine modern warfare. This is his heartfelt and riveting memoir which tells how the war was really fought. A nineteen-year-old learns to master a helicopter (and his courage) during dangerous and innovative air assault missions. This work talks about a seat-of-the-pants Vietnam helicopter-flying adventure in the tradition of Robert Mason's bestelling "Chickenhawk". It highlights such key actions of the Vietnam War in 1967 and 1968 as the Song Re Valley, Hue, Khe Sanh, the Tet Offensive and the A Shau Valley.