Ford recounts two of the war's biggest and deadliest engagements
DALLAS, TEXAS (PRWEB) January 31, 2015
"Publishers Weekly" calls new Vietnam War memoir "Black Cat 2-1: The True Story of a Vietnam Helicopter Pilot and His Crew" (Brown Books Publishing Group) by Bob Ford of Okeene, OK, an action-heavy thriller.
Ford offers readers good descriptions of his tour of duty and the positive experience that allowed him opportunities for flight at its most satisfying and thrilling as an army helicopter pilot with America's best.
Ford flew over one thousand missions from July 1967 to July 1968 as a Huey Aircraft Commander and survived. In the Vietnam War, 2,197 helicopter pilots and 2,717 crew members were killed.
"Black Cat 2-1" pays tribute to the valiant men Ford served with and who risked their lives for the troops on the ground––a gripping page-turner that reads like a thriller, captures the humor of the men at war, and resounds with respect for those who served with honor.
“No braver men have taken to the field of battle than the pilots who flew the iconic Huey helicopters,” says David Maurer, Special Forces Veteran and author of The Dying Place. “Ford’s account is a priceless contribution to the literary canon of that war.”
Chuck Yeager, Sergeant York, Audie Murphy, Eddie Rickenbacker, Ike, and Jimmy Doolittle— these are the men who first captured the imagination of Bob Ford and instilled in him the feeling that every man should be willing to serve his country in the military.
"Many good things came out of the Vietnam War," says Ford. "This memoir of personal experiences is one of them."
To learn more, visit: http://www.BlackCat2-1.com
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About the Author
Bob Ford made his commitment to flying helicopters when he was still in college at the University of Oklahoma. He completed ROTC training and received a commission in the US Army in 1966. He volunteered for army helicopter flight school and within one year was flying combat in Vietnam. When he completed his tour in Vietnam, he became an instructor pilot at Fort Wolters, Texas. Following his discharge in 1968, he moved to Okeene, Oklahoma, to head the Okeene division of the family flour milling business, which he still actively manages.
About Brown Books Publishing Group
Founded by Milli Brown in 1994, Brown Books Publishing Group is a full-service, independent publisher of high-quality books across all genres, from non-fiction to fiction. Committed to producing award-winning books for authors who choose to retain the rights to their intellectual property, Brown Books publishes more than one hundred titles a year and has won numerous, prestigious awards including the Writers Digest Grand Prize, Mom’s Choice Award, Foreword Book of the Year, Gold Ink Award, Axiom Business Book Award and many more. Brown Books authors have appeared on programs such as Piers Morgan Live, Oprah, the Today Show, FOX News, Face the Nation, CNN, and BBC News. They have been featured in publications such as USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and the New York Times. In addition, they have been guests on NPR programming, including The Diane Rehm Show, Morning Edition, The Takeaway, and Tell Me More. To learn more, visit: http://www.brownbooks.com.
Ford offers a by-the-numbers look at his own action-heavy 1967-68 tour of duty as an Army helicopter pilot in Vietnam. Ford grew up in Oklahoma, where today he lives and runs his family’s milling business. He took Army ROTC in college, graduating in 1966, excelled in helicopter training (“I had a knack for flying”), married his girlfriend right after finishing flight school (“I couldn’t have been happier”), and volunteered to fight in Vietnam. He arrived in country in July of 1967 and flew Huey helicopters for the 282nd Assault Helicopter Company stationed at Da Nang. During his eventful year in the war zone, Ford took part in two of the Vietnam War’s biggest and deadliest engagements: the 1968 Tet Offensive and the siege at Khe Sanh. This capably-written book offers often good descriptions of Ford’s Vietnam War duties, albeit replete with lots of reconstructed dialogue. For Ford, the war was a positive experience that allowed him opportunities for flight “at its most satisfying and thrilling,” and serving “with honor and dedication to our country as an army helicopter pilot with America’s best.”