Assault from the Sky: U.S Marine Corps Helicopter Operations in Vietnam

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This work describes U.S. Marine Corps helicopter operations, including their actions and evolution, throughout the Vietnam War. The book is divided into parts spanning the three stages of the Corps’ combat deployment: “Buildup (1962–1966),” “Heavy Combat (1967–1969),” and “The Bitter End (1975).” Each part includes chapters devoted to “telling the story” of Marine helicopters from the individual to the strategic level. Vietnam has often been called our “first helicopter war,” and indeed the U.S. Marine Corps, as well as Army, had to feel its way forward during the initial combats. But by 1967 the combat was raging across South Vietnam, with confrontational battles against the NVA, on a scale comparable to the great campaigns of WWII. In 1968, when the Communists launched their mammoth counteroffensive, the Marines were forced to fight on all sides, with the helicopter giving them the additional dimension that proved decisive in repelling the enemy. The author, a Vietnam veteran, uses his experiences as a company commander to bring the story to life by weaving personal accounts, after-action reports and official documents into a remarkably readable narrative of service and sacrifice by Marine pilots and crewmen. The entire story of the war is here depicted through the prism of Marine helicopter operations, from the first deployments to support the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) against the Viet Cong through the rapid United States buildup to stop the North Vietnamese Army, until the final withdrawal from our Embassy. Colonel Dick Camp, a Purple Heart recipient, served 26 years in the U.S. Marine Corps before retiring in 1988. Upon retirement he served as the Deputy Director, U.S. Marine Corps History Division and as the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, Vice President for Museum Operations at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Quantico, Virginia. Currently residing in Fredericksburg, Virginia, he is the author of ten books and over 100 magazine articles on various military related subjects.

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I wrote Assault from the Sky as a tribute to the U.S. Marine Corps helicopter aircrews that performed so heroically during the Vietnam War.  Their bravery and intrepidity throughout a decade of war set new standards of the Marine Corps motto Semper Fi, Always Faithful.

I served in Vietnam in 1967-1968 as an infantry company commander (Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines) during the height of the war when main force North Vietnamese forces were infiltrating the South in large numbers.  The Northern I Corps became a major battlefield.  I saw, at first hand, the willingness of Marine pilots and air crewmen to risk their lives to support their infantry brethren in that fight...and many paid the ultimate price. 

I sincerely hope that you will find Assault from the Sky captures the unequaled sacrifice of the "chopper" pilots and crewmen. 

Semper Fi, Dick Camp

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Colonel Dick Camp, a Vietnam veteran (1967-1968) and Purple Heart recipient served 26-years in the U.S. Marine Corps before retiring in 1988. During his Marine career, Dick served as a rifle and reconnaissance platoon commander, company commander (Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines in Vietnam) and as a recruit training battalion commander.  His staff assignments included aide de camp to Gen. Ray Davis (Medal of Honor recipient), instructor at The Basic School and four tours of recruiting.  Upon retirement Dick worked as a school district business manager in Cincinnati, Ohio and as the Acting Director, U.S. Marine Corps History Division and as the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, Vice President for Museum Operations at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Quantico, Virginia.  He currently resides in Fredericksburg, Virginia with his author wife, Suzi.   He is the author of thirteen books and over 100 magazine articles on various military related subjects.

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