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Description: Vietnam Saga is the very personal story of Stan Corvin’s often-perilous times in the U.S. Army as a two-tour helicopter pilot in Vietnam. It is a true-life story of a pilot who fought for freedom and often his very life. Vietnams Saga is also a story about the meaning of life. Standing back from his war experience, Stan reflects on his ever-present faith and h Description: Vietnam Saga is the very personal story of Stan Corvin’s often-perilous times in the U.S. Army as a two-tour helicopter pilot in Vietnam. It is a true-life story of a pilot who fought for freedom and often his very life. Vietnams Saga is also a story about the meaning of life. Standing back from his war experience, Stan reflects on his ever-present faith and how it carried him through this challenging period of his life. Originally written as a legacy to Stan Corvin’s family- something that will be passed down for many generations-Vietnam Saga is now an opportunity for you to share in the legacy and the personal recollections, memories, thoughts, fears and shed tears of a decorated and dedicated American military pilot. The book also contains numerous photos.


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Description: Vietnam Saga is the very personal story of Stan Corvin’s often-perilous times in the U.S. Army as a two-tour helicopter pilot in Vietnam. It is a true-life story of a pilot who fought for freedom and often his very life. Vietnams Saga is also a story about the meaning of life. Standing back from his war experience, Stan reflects on his ever-present faith and h Description: Vietnam Saga is the very personal story of Stan Corvin’s often-perilous times in the U.S. Army as a two-tour helicopter pilot in Vietnam. It is a true-life story of a pilot who fought for freedom and often his very life. Vietnams Saga is also a story about the meaning of life. Standing back from his war experience, Stan reflects on his ever-present faith and how it carried him through this challenging period of his life. Originally written as a legacy to Stan Corvin’s family- something that will be passed down for many generations-Vietnam Saga is now an opportunity for you to share in the legacy and the personal recollections, memories, thoughts, fears and shed tears of a decorated and dedicated American military pilot. The book also contains numerous photos.

30 review for Vietnam Saga: Exploits of a combat helicopter pilot

  1. 5 out of 5

    Randall Parker

    One of the better Vietnam pilot books If only the bravery of the pilots had been matched with equal amounts of wisdom by Westmoreland and other top officers and LBJ. But no. Corvin hated the communists. He skillfully took many risks and even innovated his own techniques for carrying out his missions. Whether this was worth doing, well young men have no idea. But he did it. I came away wondering why LOH pilots had to take so many risks as Singletons while gunships and slicks flew way above them. Why One of the better Vietnam pilot books If only the bravery of the pilots had been matched with equal amounts of wisdom by Westmoreland and other top officers and LBJ. But no. Corvin hated the communists. He skillfully took many risks and even innovated his own techniques for carrying out his missions. Whether this was worth doing, well young men have no idea. But he did it. I came away wondering why LOH pilots had to take so many risks as Singletons while gunships and slicks flew way above them. Why not more LOH choppers down low to turn up the gunfire faster once they found the enemy? Corvin seemed to do a lot of damage per amount of resources deployed. He could find the enemy. I also recurringly wonder about the efficiency of various ways used to find the enemy and were these ways rigorously compared for effectiveness? What's missing from all these pilot personal accounts is a sense of the quality of thinking at each level command above them. The pilots were running daily risks. Some such as Corvin hated the communists and were eager to win. Others just fought to protect their fellow soldiers and doubted the the wisdom of the war. I was surprised that when he came back to fly for CIA/USAID that they gave him a two engine Huey so that he'd have a better chance of getting back with no support. Too expensive for the Army? Also, he got way better nav equipment for night time operations. Should the Army have been using that and doing more at night ops all along? Corvin writes well.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nick Vanderwal

    The author has compiled an excellent portrayal of his life as a warrior-helicopter pilot. He is certainly on the aggressive side as is expected of people in the position he is in. He describes some scenes of his own violence as well-justified because of the horror of what he has seen the enemy do. Well maybe, or maybe not. At any rate he is a guy you want on your team when it hits the fan. Along the way he develops some understanding for the bad behavior of a co-pilot in the guy's relations with The author has compiled an excellent portrayal of his life as a warrior-helicopter pilot. He is certainly on the aggressive side as is expected of people in the position he is in. He describes some scenes of his own violence as well-justified because of the horror of what he has seen the enemy do. Well maybe, or maybe not. At any rate he is a guy you want on your team when it hits the fan. Along the way he develops some understanding for the bad behavior of a co-pilot in the guy's relations with some Australian troops. He also learns something about fear at the end when he is faced with almost certain death with no real expectation of being extricated from it. He is a hero who made decisions to put his best foot forward and up their azz again and again. He is what Hollywood makes movies out of. The problem is that he has real, live skeletons in his closet. Those will never go away but maybe this book will help some. I hope so. Good luck, my friend.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Stuart Austwick

    Not the best book I have read, but as Mr Corvin points out, it wasn’t originally meant to be published. Some of his poetry is heart touching and has incredible beauty. Overall this book is well worth reading just not a 5 star read, a pity they don’t offer a 4 1/2 star rating. He does touch on a subject that others seem to skip over, the way the communists gained their power in the rural parts of Vietnam for example. In that respect, I can’t say I blame him for having certain attitudes to his job “O Not the best book I have read, but as Mr Corvin points out, it wasn’t originally meant to be published. Some of his poetry is heart touching and has incredible beauty. Overall this book is well worth reading just not a 5 star read, a pity they don’t offer a 4 1/2 star rating. He does touch on a subject that others seem to skip over, the way the communists gained their power in the rural parts of Vietnam for example. In that respect, I can’t say I blame him for having certain attitudes to his job “Over There”. All in all a book that should be read by those wanting to see how others saw their time in Vietnam, often many years later. Especially when people such as the author enjoyed what they had to do.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Janie Ledbetter

    Only the Lord & we few that lived it can truly understand! I was one of the lucky ones like the author who survived 3 hours in SEA mostly where we weren't dispose to be. Assigned to an organization that didn't exist simply ask the bosses in the WORLD. I can only say thank you to the author. You told it like it really was. It probably still is today. Maybe I can finally sleep tonight and not relive SOG Again. I may even be able to tell my story now. No body will probably believe it. Only the Lord & we few that lived it can truly understand! I was one of the lucky ones like the author who survived 3 hours in SEA mostly where we weren't dispose to be. Assigned to an organization that didn't exist simply ask the bosses in the WORLD. I can only say thank you to the author. You told it like it really was. It probably still is today. Maybe I can finally sleep tonight and not relive SOG Again. I may even be able to tell my story now. No body will probably believe it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Itsoruss

    Amazing career and experiences of a Loach pilot in the Nam. Later on he flew top secret missions in Chinooks, Huey slicks and even being trained to fly the Cobra. The author was twice awarded the DFC for heroism. This book almost reads like fiction as Corvin's experiences are so extraordinary. Very well written and definitely worth reading.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kenneth Simmons

    Great Story As a fellow Texan I always cheer for the good ol boys I grew up around. Stan seems to be the perfect example of the same guys I knew then and now. This is one of the finest accounts I’ve read of helicopter pilots in Vietnam. Humorous sad touching and frightening. Thanks Stan for a great read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    david w smith

    Amazing story This ranks up there as one of my favourite Vietnam war memoirs. This guy did it all, Scout pilot, Huey pilot, CIA pilot. Extremely well written, hard hitting at times. If the end doesn't bring a tear to your eye then you are a cyborg.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gerald W. Kelso

    Amazing account I've read many Vietnam books, and this one is truly incredible. Corbin is as aggressive and fearless anyone I have ever read about . Lucky too. God surely was watching over him.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ron Vander Hart

    The best This is the best flying book about the Vietnam war that I have read. I couldn't put it down. Wish it was 1000 pages so I could enjoy it more. What a story; what bravery. Well written by a very intelligent, very courageous, very self sacrificing American flyer

  10. 4 out of 5

    Danielle H

    Great book The book was right on. Stan did a great job writing what it takes to be the best. I really feel for the guys at the end of the war with little support.

  11. 5 out of 5

    CG Gebhart

    Interesting Active Service to Mercenary to Commando. You get the impression of a grand Texan flyboy thin grey line on the outermost electron of the keenest molecule in the fight of liberty and freedom.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Julia

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dianne Lampkin

  14. 5 out of 5

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  15. 4 out of 5

    William G Harris III

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    Carlene Lodermeier

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    George Roach

  18. 4 out of 5

    John Bradford

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    Temple Dunaway

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michele Marsh

  22. 4 out of 5

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  23. 5 out of 5

    cynthia telage

  24. 5 out of 5

    Gerald M. Mackenna Sr.

  25. 5 out of 5

    C.K. ROY

  26. 4 out of 5

    william d. krauss

  27. 5 out of 5

    John L Mathew

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

  29. 5 out of 5

    Pam Holloway

  30. 4 out of 5

    J. Ramar

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