19 Minutes to Live: Helicopter Combat in Vietnam

19 Minutes to Live: Helicopter Combat in Vietnam

19 Minutes to Live illustrates the incredible courage and determination of helicopter pilots and crews supporting those heroes that carried a rucksack and a rifle in Vietnam. Over 12,000 helicopters were used in the Vietnam War, which is why it became known as "The Helicopter War". Almost half of the helicopters, 5,086, were lost. Helicopter pilots and crews accounted for nearly 10 percent of all the US casualties suffered in Vietnam, with nearly 5,000 killed and an untold number of wounded. Lew Jennings flew over 700 Air Cavalry Cobra Gunship Helicopter missions and received Three Distinguished Flying Crosses for Valor. This memoir describes first-hand the harrowing experiences of helicopter pilots and crews in combat operations, from the far South to the DMZ, including the infamous Ashau Valley, Hamburger Hill, LZ Airborne and others.

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  • Ti.Me

    So vividly told, I feel as though the heart stopping, bloody combat missions described throughout are my own memories. The average lifespan of a US Army combat helicopter pilot in Vietnam was 19 minut...

  • Thomas B Forbes

    Excellent!One of the best combat memoirs I've read so far. Lee puts you right in the cockpit where you experience Vietnam first hand. I really appreciated his account of the Hamburger Hill battle. The...

  • Katy Rose

    Lew Jennings' my new heroI really stepped out of my comfort zone on this one. I usually read romance and cheesy books or children's books to my kiddos, but I felt like something different. I really en...

  • Don Price

    Good book!I arrive in Vietnam on February 1971 and was assigned to A Troop 2/17th Cavalry, the same unit as the author. He had ready departed. As I read the book, I recognized many of the places a d n...

  • Ronda Singh

    Helicopter pilot in VietnamExcellent book on the Vietnam war,explaining the extensive training that the author went thru before being sent to Vietnam. Never realized how difficult it was to learn to f...

  • Mickenzie Jensen

    A great memoirAs an avid reader of memoirs, I was truly impressed with this one. I was delighted to find it well edited and reader friendly, with enough technical information to inform without sending...

  • Tom McCleary

    Kindle version (367 pgs)This book is called a memoir and it is that, but Jennings adds to his personal experiences with accounts from other pilots and soldiers and descriptions of the tactics used by ...

  • John Davis

    Hunter/Killer outfits consisting of the Hughes OH-6 helicopter (the hunter) and the Bell AH-1 Cobra (the killer) called "pink teams" in the Vietnam War helped the US to win the battles by seeking out ...

  • Don Alesi

    I wish I liked the book more. 19 Minutes to Live is the Story of Lew Jennings time as a Cobra Gunship pilot in Vietnam. He flew hundreds combat hours fighting an enemy that was often unseen but extrem...

  • Shirley Smith

    This is non-fiction that's as easy to read as fiction, including recollections by other pilots besides the author. These are the stories that a soldier would have a hard time relating in person, but r...