My Secret War

My Secret War
ISBN 0809479516
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    My Secret War
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    Time Life (October 1989)
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As time goes by. I notice Drury's book in a reference from Chris Robbin's book entitled "The Ravens". I read Drury's book shortly after it was published many moons ago; also read Chris Robbin's book shortly after his book was published. Both books represent an astounding historical story of those who flew in Laos. Without much support and at the end of the line for logistics, especially in the case of The Ravens based in Laos is a testimony to loyalty and courage for those who flew into to the night..going north and working the trail.

I thought about updating this comment having read the book again. November of 2017, I visited Hurlburt Field near Destin, Florida..there is an outdoor area where many of the aircraft and men were stationed/trained during Vietnam including the A-1 Skyraider and the 0-1 & 0-2 (call sign Covey & Nail) Forward Air Controllers

I recall reading on the plaque adjoining the A-1; 144 A-1 pilots were killed flying the A-1 Skyraider; over 240 A-1's were lost. Simply said...."Brave Men Do"

LTC, US Army
Haiti, Bosnia, Croatia, Sudan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan..& Uganda
Richard Drury's My Secret War is a must read for Vietnam aviation buffs. As one who flew in that ill fated war I can attest to Mr. Drury's views and experiences. It was indeed the best of times and the worst of times. We were immortal and believed only in ourselves and our fellow comrades. We fought, laughed, and sometimes died longing to return home to the land of the "Big BX", only to be ridiculed once we got home. Mr. Drury brings home the sights, smells, and feels of that far away war fought in secret places that no one talked about. He highlighted the daily drudgery that we thought of as fun. The small, damp rooms with the constant AC, the smiling Momma-sans, the happy local drivers, and the sad but cute children that seemed to be everywhere. The flying was fun, deadly, and exhilarating all at the same time. Only in combat can one feel all this at once. Mr. Drury did an excellent job of bring this to the reader.

Highly recommended if you want to know what it was like to fly, fight, and possibly die in a land far away which the average American only glimpsed on the CBS evening news with Uncle Walter.
I bought the book because one of the officers mentioned in it was one I served with. The mentions of the officer rang true. Not an easy man to like or serve with, but one you could totally rely on. The pilot you wanted flying close in air support if you had to go into hell.
Drury's book presents a good picture of the time and the pilots, the feeling of loss when a popular pilot goes down or the commander, trapped in his crashed plane, calls in an air strike on his own position, the frustration with officers who were more interested in getting their tickets punched than their jobs. Definitely worth reading.
A must read if you want to experience what it felt like to be a "WW-II" style fighter pilot in the Air War over Laos! You are right with Richard in the cockpit of his A-1 Skyraider as he completes 220 Combat Missions and, along the way, you will also experience his observations of some the "Catch 22" aspects of the Air Force Leadership, as well as a touch of "Zen" Philosophy as he flies over the beautiful, enchanting, and very "Dangerous" Laotian Countryside! You will hardly able to put the book down until you reach the last page as Richard ends his one year combat tour in Laos! Enjoy!
Well written account of the frustrating war waged in the jungles of South-East Asia, from the perspective of Skyraider pilots.
As a former Navy AD Skyraider pilot of the Cold War era I count this, hands down, the best flying book I have ever read. And I have read most, if not all, of the Skyraider books. Besides his important insights, Drury is a marvelous writer who excels at putting his experiences into words.
I found this to be an interesting read, especially due to the nature of the mission and the vintage aircraft they used. Absolutely worth picking up!
Its a well told story of futility and bravery.