The War: Digging Out the V.C.

Riding in 430 helicopters, they came toSouth Viet Nam as the lethal, leapfrogging heralds and exemplars of a new concept of air mobility in waging ground war. It was just after President Johnson had announced a massive U.S. buildup in mid-1965, and the 18,000 men of the U.S. 1st Cavalry (Airmobile) were given a single vital mission. Their job was to swoop down out of the skies on the enemy's big main-force units wherever they could be found, engage them in battle and then whirl back to the landing pads of the...

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