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Sock it to 'em Baby: Forward air controller in Vietnam

Garry Cooper, Robert Miller
Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 1741148499
Format: Softcover
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Condition: Near Fine

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Garry Cooper is a natural and brilliant pilot with a determination for perfection. He expects only perfection from himself and others. Conflict arose many times through his career when he did not experience perfection from the bureaucracy to which he was subjected. On posting to the U.S. Army 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam in 1968, he approached his assignments in the same devoted and determined manner and soon became named a legend' by his American peers. General Julian J. Ewell, the Commander of the 9th Infantry Division, and himself a legend from the Siege of Bastogne during WWII, recommended Cooper for the Medal of Honour and the Distinguished Service Cross. Both these are the U.S. highest awards and, as such, required Australian concurrence before being awarded. As Australia was not allowing its personnel to receive U.S. Awards during the Vietnam Conflict, that concurrence was not forthcoming. Although Australian policy regarding foreign awards has since changed, the government is still preventing Cooper from receiving these high profile awards. The U.S. however, for other actions and without reference to the Australian Government, has awarded Cooper the Silver Star, D.F.C., Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal and Army Commendation Medal. In contrast, our Government awarded Cooper an imperial D.F.C. which Cooper refers to as his I was there award'. Today, Cooper lives in retirement in Queensland. He has been made an honourary member of the various U.S. Army units by the men whose lives he saved and attends their reunions in the U.S.A. . This book is the life story with the emphasis on his experiences in the Vietnam war. pp. x, 318 illusts #0819

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