Paul Cardinal’s new book recounts a little known episode from the Vietnam War

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‘When Pigs Flew’ is a quirky tale of a mission from Vietnam previously lost to time

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A loosely historical tale, “When Pigs Flew” (published by iUniverse) brings to life the action, humor and heartache of a then secret mission in Vietnam as recounted in war stories of Paul Cardinal’s father.

Pete Cardinal is a six-foot lieutenant with the voice of John Wayne. For 19 years he has been launching planes into the air and picking up the pieces when they fall from the sky. He’s hoping for an easy last year in the Navy until someone else’s mistake redirects him to Vietnam. Now it’s his job to load obsolete seaplanes with weapons they were never meant to carry so pilots like Psycho, and Jerry can attempt a mission that has little chance of success. Readers will follow Pete as he bids his family goodbye and heads for a bay in Vietnam where Operation Market Time springs into action.

An excerpt from “When Pigs Flew”:

“‘Whoa just a minute, sir,’ exclaimed Psycho, ‘I think there’s something you need to know before you go on. The P5 was designed to drop guided torpedoes where close is good enough. Trying to hit one of those tiny boats will just be spitting in the wind. And then if you do hit one, those flimsy wooden things won’t even slow the bomb down. We might as well throw rocks at them’”

With Pete’s time in the navy counting down, he has one last mission. The brass sees it as severing Vietnamese supply lines; he sees it as staying alive till retirement.

About the Author
Paul Cardinal is an Auburn University graduate who by trade is an electrical engineer. He has published numerous electrical technical papers. Cardinal and his wife, Elvia, have three children and live in Houston.

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