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By Jonathan Shay

Publish 12 months note: First released in 1994
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An unique and groundbreaking booklet that examines the mental devastation of conflict by means of evaluating the warriors of Homer's Iliad with Vietnam veterans struggling with post-traumatic rigidity disorder

In this strikingly unique and groundbreaking publication, Dr. Shay examines the mental devastation of battle via evaluating the warriors of Homer's Iliad with Vietnam veterans being affected by post-traumatic pressure affliction. even supposing the Iliad used to be written twenty-seven centuries in the past it has a lot to coach approximately wrestle trauma, as do the newer, compelling voices and reviews of Vietnam vets.

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Suddenly, Adm Ralph Cousins came on the horn, identified himself and directed that I head home NOW. I responded that he was cutting out, that I was transmitting blind, and that I intended to wait for relief. ‘Shortly thereafter two F-4s suddenly appeared. I immediately directed Gary to head home, and proceeded to try to show the Phantom IIs where the guy was. It was a bit frustrating because I couldn’t get them to come down low enough to show them much. However, I finally got them to see me, and I made a run marking “on top” by turning my lights on.

I fired them at the boats and they soon disappeared. ‘We remained over the burning HU-16, eventually vectoring in two SH-3s from HS-4, embarked in USS Yorktown (CVS-10). Despite taking fire, the Sea Kings rescued five survivors before being forced to leave. ‘By this time, a very low overcast had come in from seaward, forcing us to stay at a very altitude in order to remain in visual contact with the Albatross. The final crewman was rescued by a UH-2 vectored in from USS England (DLG-22), terminating the two-and-a-half-hour ordeal.

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. It seemed “Skylark” had what he described as a concentration of VC pinned down in some earthwork trenches and bunkers.

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