Eyes Over the Delta

Eyes Over the Delta

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Major Richard Hank Collins returned home from Vietnam with an overwhelming array of haunting images and life-defining moments. He had a hard time talking about his personal experiences until the men who served with him from November 1965 to November 1966 in the 221st Reconnaissance Airplane Company got together for their first reunion in 2007. "We have found relief in sharing these memories with those who not only have similar memories but also understand ours," Hank says. "We don't have to explain why we laugh too loudly or cry too quickly. All of us know, all of us were part of it . . . part of that time and place where our country was confused and often non-supportive, where we were in a strange place that was not a common name even in history classes, where we were fighting for a cause that at times was unclear, and in the end all we could really depend on was each other; and we did." Hank has woven these still-vivid memories into compelling stories that convey what these pilots were thinking and feeling as they provided lifesaving air cover and firsthand reconnaissance. As you read the stories in this collection, you will feel yourself belted into the back seat of an 0-1 Cessna Birddog flying so low that you can see the faces of the people below. You will visit an orphanage and come face-to-face with the youngest victims of war; and you will learn about often unpublicized good things Hank and many other military personnel plus their families back home did to help relieve their suffering. You will spend a very long, very dark night huddled next to a much-too- young crew chief in the operations shack at the Bac Lieu airstrip anxiously watching for the enemy to discover your hiding place. You will deliberately dive into a barrage of bullets, pull up at the very last second, skim the treetops, and inexplicably land unscathed with no damage to the plane; leaving you in disbelief and pondering what had protected you on that death-defying mission. Perhaps most of all, you will begin to understand that "you can't get more personal than taking a life or giving your."

Product Details

  • Author: Hank Collins
  • Publication Date: 2014-06-20
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press
  • Product Group: Book
  • Manufacturer: Outskirts Press
  • Binding: Hardcover, 86 pages
  • Item Dimensions:
    • Dimensions: 614L x 25W x 921H
    • Weight: 63
  • Package Dimensions:
    • Dimensions: 930L x 640W x 60H
    • Weight: 55
  • List Price: $19.95
  • ISBN: 147873633X
  • ASIN: 147873633X

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