This work is a view of combat through the eyes of a nineteen year old helicopter pilot who learned to become a highly skilled and respected pilot through his own grit and determination. His combat experiences include the Battle for Hue, Tet Offensives, Khe Sahn (Marines), Covert ops into Laos and North Vietnam (SOG), Hunter-Killer missions, Ashau Valley (1st Cav), Ashau Valley (101st Airborne). Born July 22,1948 he flew some 600 combat missions before his twentieth birthday. Earning a Distinguished Flying Cross after just four months in Vietnam he was perhaps its youngest recipient of the Vietnam War.