Military Pilot Releases Autobiographical Journey During the Vietnam War
The Vietnam War was a long, costly armed conflict that pitted the communist regime of North Vietnam and its southern allies, known as the Viet Cong, against South Vietnam and its principal ally, the United States. It was the longest war in American history and the most unpopular American war of the twentieth century. Even today, many still ask whether the American effort in Vietnam was a sin, a blunder, a necessary war, or a noble cause, or an idealistic, if failed, effort to protect the South Vietnamese from totalitarian government.
In Flashing Sabers, author Bert Chole writes his autobiographical journey as a military pilot during the Vietnam War. Thirteen years of preparation for war in the Infantry and Artillery before attending flight school prepared him for war. Chole was sent to Vietnam to be the Scout Platoon Leader of Bravo Troop First Squadron 9th Cavalry, a group of men he fights with and comes to love as brothers. After learning the ropes and undergoing many dangerous battles, he gains and loses friends, become accustomed to the dangerous strife of war and is eventually completes his first tour of duty which was a life changing event for Chole.
For readers who are very much interested in airmobile warfare, Flashing Sabers presents a detailed description of these maneuvers and how the First Cavalry Division (Airmobile) made such a difference in the war. If warfare and Army Aviation in Vietnam are intriguing, then this is the right book to read.
Flashing Sabers will also share with readers the effects of the War on Chole's on those who fought in it. This story will let everyone know and feel how the Vietnam War veterans are treated differently because of how the public perceived the war. Even today, many still ask whether the American effort in Vietnam was a sin, a blunder, a necessary war, or a noble cause, or an idealistic, if failed, effort to protect the South Vietnamese from totalitarian government. But for Chole, he knows, for those who actively left the country to avoid service in Veitnam, there is a deep sense of shame lingering over their soul.
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About the Author
Bert Chole enlisted in the Washington State National Guard in 1954 at the age of 18. About a year later he transferred to active duty as an infantryman and served in the enlisted ranks. In 1964 he graduated from the Infantry officer Candidate School and was commissioned as an Armor Officer. His last assignment in the Army was as the Squadron Commander for the 1st Squadron (Air), 17th Cavalry (Airborne) of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina in. He retired in 1978 after 24 years of military service. He was inducted into the Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame, and his combat decorations include the Silver Star (2 awards), Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross (4 awards), Bronze Star (4 awards), Air Medals (34 awards), Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (4 awards), and other service awards. He was also awarded the Senior Aviator and Parachutist badges, the Airmobile Badge and the Army Staff Badge.
Flashing Sabers * by Bert Chole
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