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Originally posted on January 20, 2016 @ 2:09 pm

Helicopter pilots in Vietnam had a very dangerous job. Listen in to this audio from helicopters during an extraction mission in Vietnam.

On March 30th 1969, on Hill 467 in the Plei Trap Valley of South Vietnam, 125 United States Infantry Soldiers were surrounded by more than 2,000 NVA troops. The soldiers were told by their command to escape and evade because it was too dangerous for the helicopters to come and extract them. But the helicopters came any way. Their motto was to leave no man behind. This is actual, amazing audio from that exact mission. One of the pilots, Mark Garrison, actually wrote about his experiences as a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War. You can check out his book, fitting titled “Guts ‘N Gunships” out HERE, and you can hear the full length audio from Task Force Alpha during this mission here.

Shortly after I wrote GUTS N’ GUNSHIPS, I discovered, through a perfect storm of events, an audio recording of my involvement in the extraction of American forces that were about to be overrun by thousands of enemy troops in Vietnam. This mission is described in the book. The following is a small excerpt of the actual radio transmissions

 

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