Jumping from Helicopters: A Vietnam Memoir

Jumping from Helicopters: A Vietnam Memoir

In 1967, at age nineteen, John Stillman—refusing to wait for the draft—voluntarily enlisted in the Army to aid his fellow countrymen in one of the most opposed involvements in our nation’s history: the Vietnam War. Quickly falling in love with the rush of being a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne, he believed his service would honorably help the South Vietnamese protect their country from the ruthless communist North and their Southern allies. But once in the volatile jungles of Vietnam, the merciless hunting and killing of the enemy, constant threat of landmines and booby traps, ambushes that could easily backfire, and deaths of his comrades made Stillman question how any man—if he survived—could ever return to his life as he’d known it.

Written with John’s daughter, Lori Stillman, Jumping from Helicopters is a vivid and moving memoir that unearths fifty years of repressed memories with stunning accuracy and raw details. Interwoven with the author’s own journal entries and including thirty-five photographs, it is a story that will open your eyes to what these brave young men witnessed and endured, and why they returned facing a lifetime of often unspoken unrest, persistent nightmares, and forced normalcy, haunting even the strongest of soldiers.

Title:Jumping from Helicopters: A Vietnam Memoir
ISBN:9781732736108
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  • Jenifer Anderson

    I could not put this book down as I was captivated by the story of John’s experience in Vietnam! I’m mind blown by all he went through! Great read!!...

  • Sandi

    This is a book about Vietnam Nam it's about a unit in Vietnam Nam and while I read this a friend from here in Cherokee Ronnie Means was killed.,that was hard to read. My husband was over there came ho...

  • Susan Wolak

    Growing up in the 60's I saw this war through the eyes of news reporters and have always had the interest to learn more about it from a person who had gone to war. I loved the book, it was a quick, ea...

  • vicki mojica

    Excellent book,knowing it was written by this man's daughter gave it a sense of emotion that tempered it. A most powerful read and I had read hundreds of books on this subject.I would recommend this b...

  • Nicolas Dougall

    Good Father and Daughter book. A new perspective written by the daughter. The 101st went as a unit and the results show. More cohesive till the insane drip feed replacement policy watered down their e...

  • Glenda Stonecipher

    A Good ReadI'm writing this under my wife's Amazon membership - I was never in country (I spent my time in the late 60's working on Navy Attack Aircraft in the states). I've known a lot of guys who WE...

  • Wizard

    Worth the read for sure!Daughter and Vietnam era dad have done a remarkable job telling the real story of life during - and after - war in one of the worst places and times to fight on the front lines...

  • Marcia Dial

    Good readEnjoyed the book. Seems to be an honest memory of Vietnam.The debriefing after Vietnam was nonexistent. This was divistating to many. ...

  • paul schell

    Excellent book I seriously couldn’t stop reading this book . These guys were not appreciated by a lot of a-holes for the time they gave up fighting for what they felt was right. ...

  • Nick Vanderwal

    So this is your first book? You do your mother and father proud. ...