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Book Title: Low Level Hell: A Scout Pilot In The Big Red One|
The author of the book: Hugh L. Mills, Jr.
ISBN 13: 9780440215493
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 551 KB
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Edition: Dell Publishing Co.
Date of issue: June 1st 1993
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Reader ratings: 6.7
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I have a reasonably large collection of Vietnam War aviation related books and memoirs. This is the one I still read over and again, more so than Chickenhawk.
I think the reason is that of all the memoirs I have read, Hugh Mills somehow seemed to ENJOY what he was doing. Although an incredibly modest memoir, considering the simply dazzling array of valorous medals he brought home from his two tours (he was shot down 16 times and wounded three times, earning three Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit, four Distinguished Flying Crosses and three Bronze Stars, not to mention the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star and Palm, the Vietnamese Honor Medal First Class plus 93 lesser decorations!) Mills communicates his extreme pride in the professionalism and courage shown day in and day out by the Aeroscouts of D/1/4 in 1969-70.
Low Level Hell covers his first tour as an Aeroscout flying the LOH (loach) OH-6 helicopter. Unusually, they flew with just a scout and a crew chief/gunner, making his a more intimate combat team, and shared with the ever present Cobra gunship crew watching from above. Mills' narrative style is almost the fireside chat, but he knows exactly how to ramp up the thrills when the bullets start flying, which in his line of work was almost constantly! Some of the accounts of dangerous, low level combat are as gripping as any war story I have ever read.
An excellent account of flying, fighting and war, providing a very robust rebuff to the popularly held belief that US soldiers in Vietnam were somehow weaker or substandard by comparison to their predecessors. The stories, characters and outcomes in Low Level Hell firmly anchor the reader in a world of well-trained, professional soldiers and pilots whose bravery, commitment and expertise brook no unfavourable comparison to any group of fighting men before and since. Such men deserved FAR better from their government and countrymen, and hopefully books by men like Hugh Mills will satisfy that sense of injustice.
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