Combat Talons in Vietnam: Recovering a Covert Special Ops Crew - Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series (Hardback)
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Combat Talons in Vietnam: Recovering a Covert Special Ops Crew - Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 28/02/2017
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Combat Talons in Vietnam is a personal account of the first use of C-130s in the Vietnam War. It provides an insider's view of crew training and classified missions for this technologically advanced aircraft. Many covert missions over North Vietnam were sucessful, but one night, John Gargus, a mission planner, oversaw an operation in which the aircraft-carrying eleven crewmembers-failed to return from a nighttime mission. For thirty years, a search for the missing aircraft remained in progress.

In the late 1990s, the Combat Talon veteran community at Hurlburt Field in Florida, still uncertain of the full story, decided to dedicate a memorial to the lost crew. When wartime mission records were declassified, Gargus embarked on a long journey of inquiry, research, and puzzle-solving to reconstruct the events of that mission and the fate of its crew. He discovered that the wreckage of the plane had been found in 1992 and that the remains of the crew were being held in Hawaii. Through numerous Freedom of Information Act requests, interviews, and site visits, Gargus sought to answer the question of why it took so long to find the wreckage and, more importantly, why the special operations command units and crewmember families were left uninformed. By 2000, the remains were relocated to a common grave at Arlington National Cemetery at last providing a measure of closure to family, friends, and comrades.

Publisher: Texas A & M University Press
ISBN: 9781623495121
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 635 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"One of the enduring truths of the US Special Operations Command is that people are more important than the hardware. Only those who served in the Stray Goose Project had a need to know about the first employment of Combat Talon technology in covert operations during the Vietnam War and about the efforts of the quiet professional air commandos who executed hazardous missions inside of the most heavily defended enemy airspace. John Gargus tells us the story about their lives and our nation's commitment to return home the remains of all who made the ultimate sacrifices in the service of our country." -- Lieutenant General LeRoy J. Manor, Former Commander USAF Special Operations

-- (12/08/2016)
"The story is revealed in a gripping narrative that shows the everyday details of life in the unit along with the much bigger story of the lost aircraft." --Military Heritage--Military Heritage

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