Taking Fire by Ron Alexander
The True Story of a Decorated Chopper Pilot

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Nicknamed "Mini-Man" for his diminutive stature, a mere five-foot-three and 125 pounds in his flight boots, chopper pilot Ron Alexander proved to be a giant in the eyes of the men he rescued from the jungles and paddies of Vietnam. With an unswerving concern for every American soldier trapped by enemy fire, and a fearlessness that became legendary, Ron Alexander earned enough official praise to become the second most decorated helicopter pilot of the Vietnam era. Yet, for Ron, the real reward came from plucking his fellow soldiers from harm's way, giving them another chance to get home alive.

In Taking Fire, Alexander and acclaimed military writer Charles Sasser transport you right into the cramped cockpit of a Huey on patrol, offering a bird's eye view of the Vietnam conflict. Packed with riveting action and gritty "you-are-there" dialogue, this outstanding book celebrates the everyday heroism of the chopper pilots of Vietnam.


About Ron Alexander

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Ron Alexander lives and teaches in Oklahoma. This is his first book.Charles Sasser is a combat veteran with time in Vietnam and Central America as a war correspondant. He has been a full-time freelance writer/journalist since 1979 and has over 30 published books to his name. He lives in Oklahoma.
Published April 1, 2007 by St. Martin's Press. 332 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War, Travel. Non-fiction

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The gripping combat memoir of a highly decorated American helicopter pilot's Vietnam service.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Taking Fire: The True Story o...

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Now a high school math teacher, Alexander tells his Vietnam War story with the help of Sasser (Always a Warrior; etc.) in this combat-heavy memoir. Most army heli

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