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By Jonathan Shay

ISBN-10: 1439124922

ISBN-13: 9781439124925

Publish 12 months note: First released in 1994

An unique and groundbreaking ebook that examines the mental devastation of battle via evaluating the warriors of Homer's Iliad with Vietnam veterans struggling with post-traumatic tension disorder

In this strikingly unique and groundbreaking ebook, Dr. Shay examines the mental devastation of struggle by means of evaluating the warriors of Homer's Iliad with Vietnam veterans being affected by post-traumatic tension sickness. even supposing the Iliad was once written twenty-seven centuries in the past it has a lot to coach approximately wrestle trauma, as do the more moderen, compelling voices and studies of Vietnam vets.

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Suddenly, I picked up the ship’s TACAN (TACtical Air Navigation) and couldn’t believe what I was seeing because the carrier was 20 degrees to the right and 40 miles closer than I thought it would be. This just couldn’t be, but I wasn’t going to argue about it, except for a while I was convinced that there was something wrong with my TACAN. Finally, the ship confirmed my position and I figured that I had a good chance of making it. ‘About 30 miles out I ran headlong into a small thunderstorm and got buffeted around quite a bit.

Taking each mission as it came, I attempted to put the best possible face on any discussion of raison d’etre – should it come up. ‘“Spads” flying west of Quang Tri. Do you hear me? ” ‘The transmission coming in over the guard channel broke my reverie like a thunderclap. “‘Skylark’, this is ‘Barn Owl 1’. I’m in that vicinity”, I responded. ‘We soon established communications on another channel, and as it turned out “Skylark” was a USAF FAC flying an O-1 Bird Dog a few miles south of us. A flight of F-100s had just left him, low on fuel after a couple of passes.

Four days later, Lt Clarke was forced to make a gear-up landing at Da Nang after taking hits from AAA during a SAR mission. VA-152 CO Cdr Knutson continued the unsuccessful SAR effort while taking 26 hits to his Skyraider, for which he was awarded the Silver Star. On 17 November, a VA-152 A-1H (BuNo 135244) flown by CVW-16 staff operations officer Lt Cdr Jesse J Taylor Jr was lost during an Alpha strike on the Hai Dong Bridge east of Hanoi. Taylor, who had volunteered to fly the mission, and Lt Cdr Eric H Schade, were participating in a SAR effort for a VA-163 A-4E pilot downed during the raid (one of three US Navy jets to be lost on the bridge strike).

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