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“This book is OUTSTANDING! The Author has seen some really exciting times in his life, in addition to some WOW flight hours. I read this in two days, and didn't want it to end. A VERY GREAT READ!” —Mike Relive six decades of flying helicopters including an extended tour in Vietnam and the mountains of Afghanistan, with a little Iraq, Kuwait, and National Guard thrown in “This book is OUTSTANDING! The Author has seen some really exciting times in his life, in addition to some WOW flight hours. I read this in two days, and didn't want it to end. A VERY GREAT READ!” —Mike Relive six decades of flying helicopters including an extended tour in Vietnam and the mountains of Afghanistan, with a little Iraq, Kuwait, and National Guard thrown in. This is Minuteman: Two, Three… Go! recounts Wayne Chasson’s times, from the early, young, and dumb days to a more seasoned pilot of Huey and other helicopters in three American wars and the National Guard here at home. From the tragic to the ridiculous, it’s all here in refreshing candor and lifelike detail, and told in the voice of the author. Chasson relives it all for us in this gritty and honest memoir—with humility, humor, and gratitude—as he himself is still trying to figure out how he made it through alive.Buy, read, and share This is Minuteman: Two, Three… Go!


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“This book is OUTSTANDING! The Author has seen some really exciting times in his life, in addition to some WOW flight hours. I read this in two days, and didn't want it to end. A VERY GREAT READ!” —Mike Relive six decades of flying helicopters including an extended tour in Vietnam and the mountains of Afghanistan, with a little Iraq, Kuwait, and National Guard thrown in “This book is OUTSTANDING! The Author has seen some really exciting times in his life, in addition to some WOW flight hours. I read this in two days, and didn't want it to end. A VERY GREAT READ!” —Mike Relive six decades of flying helicopters including an extended tour in Vietnam and the mountains of Afghanistan, with a little Iraq, Kuwait, and National Guard thrown in. This is Minuteman: Two, Three… Go! recounts Wayne Chasson’s times, from the early, young, and dumb days to a more seasoned pilot of Huey and other helicopters in three American wars and the National Guard here at home. From the tragic to the ridiculous, it’s all here in refreshing candor and lifelike detail, and told in the voice of the author. Chasson relives it all for us in this gritty and honest memoir—with humility, humor, and gratitude—as he himself is still trying to figure out how he made it through alive.Buy, read, and share This is Minuteman: Two, Three… Go!

30 review for This is Minuteman: Two-Three... Go!: Memoirs of a Helicopter Pilot in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan

  1. 5 out of 5

    Liz B

    We don’t know how good we have it... I’ve had the pleasure of working with Wayne over the last 2 years of my life, and his comedic and witty personality shines bright throughout this book. Wayne is one of the most humble people I know, so much so that it took me some time working with him to even find out he served. He will be the last one to tell you about his accomplishments, so do yourself a favor and read about them yourself! You will not be disappointed by the journey this book takes you thr We don’t know how good we have it... I’ve had the pleasure of working with Wayne over the last 2 years of my life, and his comedic and witty personality shines bright throughout this book. Wayne is one of the most humble people I know, so much so that it took me some time working with him to even find out he served. He will be the last one to tell you about his accomplishments, so do yourself a favor and read about them yourself! You will not be disappointed by the journey this book takes you through. I’m so thankful that hero’s like Wayne exist, and books like this put into perspective how comfortable life has truly become. In an age of anxiety over such menial things like “likes” on a Facebook photo, we can’t forget the sacrifice many have made to afford us such a luxury. Luckily for us, Wayne didn’t have to make the ultimate sacrifice and he can pass on these important stories to the next generation, but for every hero like Wayne, there’s another unfortunate soul that didn’t make it home. For this and a million other reasons I don’t have space to type out, thank you for your service Wayne.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Don Williams

    A fast mover... My reason for choosing this book was to connect some of the experience of our youngest son that we had not been aware of. Of course we understood the desire of our soldier to shield the parents from as much worry as possible. Frequently, this resulted in being complete ignorance of what was happening day to day during deployments. Chanson moved though his story with minimum words, good use of the language, and few grammatical errors. Obviously a skilled pilot and careing leader, M A fast mover... My reason for choosing this book was to connect some of the experience of our youngest son that we had not been aware of. Of course we understood the desire of our soldier to shield the parents from as much worry as possible. Frequently, this resulted in being complete ignorance of what was happening day to day during deployments. Chanson moved though his story with minimum words, good use of the language, and few grammatical errors. Obviously a skilled pilot and careing leader, Mr. Chanson values the contribution of his flight crews and understands the importance of team work in continuing survival of dangerous situations. Our own son's response to inquiries was short and direct. While flying over enemy ground his job was to "Watch rocks." His Kiowa ship was said to have been to small and to fast to actually get hit by rocket or small arms fire. After reading Chasson I feel a little more understanding of his life on deployment and do consider this a valuable read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Linda Knight

    I enjoyed the honesty and writing style of this book. This was beyond anything one person should experience, yet too many did. I thank him for his dedication and conviction to his fellow soldiers, his service to our country, and letting us share some of "Wayne's world". I enjoyed the honesty and writing style of this book. This was beyond anything one person should experience, yet too many did. I thank him for his dedication and conviction to his fellow soldiers, his service to our country, and letting us share some of "Wayne's world".

  4. 5 out of 5

    George W. Young

    A complete story of an experienced chopper pilot I liked that the author gave us his Viet Nam experiences starting from day one . Also he included some of his personal life as well as his other flying experiences added more to keep our interest. This was a good read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Randall Parker

    A good book by a US Army Vietnam pilot I have read many books on the Vietnam War and probably a dozen by pilots who fought in that war. This one further helped fill out my understanding. The emotional and intellectual reactions of the helicopter pilots to the war seem all over the map. Chasson seems much less affected in a negative way from his experiences than others I've read. He was willing to extend his your in Vietnam by 6 months in order to get out of the Army sooner. Yet he explains some d A good book by a US Army Vietnam pilot I have read many books on the Vietnam War and probably a dozen by pilots who fought in that war. This one further helped fill out my understanding. The emotional and intellectual reactions of the helicopter pilots to the war seem all over the map. Chasson seems much less affected in a negative way from his experiences than others I've read. He was willing to extend his your in Vietnam by 6 months in order to get out of the Army sooner. Yet he explains some dangerous close calls that wouldn't make me want to stay another 6 months. I think the high of flying and action really kept many of the flyers charged up. He liked flying so much he was doing dangerous flying in Afghanistan as a civilian contractor in his 60s. The pilots in their 30s, 40s, 50s didn't want to? Did Vietnam train many American pilots to love combat flying? One highlight: fighting with VC over a deer for dinner. The war produced conditions from which improbable stories happened. I would also recommend Hornet 33 by Ed Denny. Just when it seems the war is over for Denny and he's about to go home one last mission and it ratchets up in amazing and extreme ways. The book has big surprises that I'm surprised he survived. What a brutal close call. I won't tell you spoilers. But it was very revealing both about ARVN and the quality of thinking of the officers and what had or hadn't been learned. I would also recommend Vietnam Saga by Stan Corvin. After flying for the US Army he came back to fly for the CIA in 1972 after the war was effectively lost. Most of his Army flying was low level dangerous loach flying. He hated communists and what they did and took great risks to kill them eagerly. I am amazed at how much the LOH pilots were subjected to and they deserved better than the hand they were dealt.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Chrystine Collins-blums

    "This is Minuteman: Two-Three...Go!" is a well-written, poignant memoir that is a quick, easy read. I have not read other accounts of Army aviation in Viet Nam so I cannot compare it with other works. I have read many memoirs that were interesting but difficult to finish because they were not well written. This is absolutely not the case here. I began and ended my career in the Army Guard in aviation units and served in the same aviation unit as Mr. Chasson, in a support capacity. Because of thi "This is Minuteman: Two-Three...Go!" is a well-written, poignant memoir that is a quick, easy read. I have not read other accounts of Army aviation in Viet Nam so I cannot compare it with other works. I have read many memoirs that were interesting but difficult to finish because they were not well written. This is absolutely not the case here. I began and ended my career in the Army Guard in aviation units and served in the same aviation unit as Mr. Chasson, in a support capacity. Because of this connection I was delighted to stumble across this book. I loved the self-deprecating humor, the harrowing tales and comparisons of flying in different combat zones, flying in training environments and the other careers and parts of his life that he shared. I served with several Viet Nam vets when I was in Iraq and found the depictions and contrasts that these men shared as fascinating as what is depicted here. Mr. Chasson presents himself as the affable, consummate professional I was acquainted with many years ago and I truly enjoyed the trip down memory lane as well as he recalled working with individuals I remembered.

  7. 4 out of 5

    J Leslie Turner

    [email protected] I rarely Wright (can't spell either), a review, even though I read three or four books a week. This one hit a little close to home. I was there at the time you were there. I was MEDEVACed early in '68 with the rest the TET evacuated. I spent the rest of that year in Balboa Hospital and was medically discharged in June of '69. I am still dealing with the results. No PTSD..bad dreams for 15 years. I am still a little goosey. When I shave I don't have to look at a coward. [email protected] I rarely Wright (can't spell either), a review, even though I read three or four books a week. This one hit a little close to home. I was there at the time you were there. I was MEDEVACed early in '68 with the rest the TET evacuated. I spent the rest of that year in Balboa Hospital and was medically discharged in June of '69. I am still dealing with the results. No PTSD..bad dreams for 15 years. I am still a little goosey. When I shave I don't have to look at a coward.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ronnie Friedman

    There are many memoirs of combat helicopter pilots from the Vietnam. There are many that are by far better written, better detailed in terms of narrative (i.e. 19 Minutes to Live by Lew Jennings). This is more of an assembly of fractional memories arranged chronologically, and do not form a contiguous narrative . Perhaps this is due to the fact that the memoir is recent, based on memory (not a diary, letters or personal notes) that has somewhat faded. Nevertheless, this personal account honourab There are many memoirs of combat helicopter pilots from the Vietnam. There are many that are by far better written, better detailed in terms of narrative (i.e. 19 Minutes to Live by Lew Jennings). This is more of an assembly of fractional memories arranged chronologically, and do not form a contiguous narrative . Perhaps this is due to the fact that the memoir is recent, based on memory (not a diary, letters or personal notes) that has somewhat faded. Nevertheless, this personal account honourably joins those of others that portray the attrition and waste of an entire generation.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Carl Nurick

    Chopper Fever I chose this rating because the technical aspects of flying a helicopter were extremely interesting to me.. Nevertheless, the literary flow of information was sometimes confusing . Concerning the discussions on theology, it is recommended that the potential reader read LIVING T O DIE by Carl Nurick first,

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nathanael Keeler

    Privilege to read I was honoured to read of the service of the author. The tale is told with simplicity and grace as much for his family than a random reader like myself. This account is less exciting and action filled than others I have read but no less powerful. Having read it I am again reminded of the debt we owe to our service men and women regardless of the politics.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Judith Sentyz

    WHAT A BOOK! I can only say...what a book. Mr. Chassis writes his life story so that people who are not not have been in the Military can understand it. He is humorous. I really enjoy his style of writing. I loved it and so will you. My hat is off to you, Mr. Chasson. What an amazing life you have had.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ray York

    Minuteman two-three Wayne, I enjoyed reading this book very much and your writing style. I found your writing to be very reflective for me as we served during the same time frame, though I did not serve in Nam. Thank you for sharing your life and times with us and Thank you for your service.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kenneth Simmons

    Hell of a Career Good story telling and well written. I have read 4books about Vietnam army pilots and this is the best and I believe the most honest or at least the only one that acknowledges that sex and hookers exists.Thanks Wayne I enjoyed it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Hywel Dyer

    A good light hearted read but with an edge This book is well written and interesting by someone who has been there and done that. The author doesn't try to make war sound glamorous and is quite matter of fact whilst remaining entertaining. Very worth a read A good light hearted read but with an edge This book is well written and interesting by someone who has been there and done that. The author doesn't try to make war sound glamorous and is quite matter of fact whilst remaining entertaining. Very worth a read

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dan Herald

    Great read. I love reading about other guys experience in Vietnam. I am a US Navy Vietnam vet. But the stories of the friendships and trust we had for each other still lives today.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jacob Vicente

    Wonderful read! Honestly this was one of the best memoirs that I have read. I couldn't put the book down. The book flowed well and had an easy reading , enjoyable style. Wonderful read! Honestly this was one of the best memoirs that I have read. I couldn't put the book down. The book flowed well and had an easy reading , enjoyable style.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Joe

    Excellent book!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Barry Harley

    Okay The book was not one to capture and keep me riveted to it. Easy to put down and pick up later, sometimes much later.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lawrence McQuay

    A true chronicle of Vietnam helicopter flying As a Minute man myself in a previous time Frame, I can vouch for the missions and conditions as described. Well written.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Robert Thomas

    Excellent A very plain and straightforward recollection of a pretty amazing flying career. Well worth the read. Thank you Mr. Chasson for sharing with us.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Carpenter

    Excellent account of Huey pilot in Vietnam I have read numerous accounts of Huey pilots in Vietnam,and have to say that this one is up there with Chickenhawk. The author goes into great detail from starting out in his army career,right through to his time after Vitenam. Well worth a read!

  22. 4 out of 5

    peter shepherd

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mr D.H.Bonser

  24. 5 out of 5

    tony connolly

  25. 5 out of 5

    Janet Louise Stevenson

  26. 5 out of 5

    martin mc larnon

  27. 5 out of 5

    Peter Post

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mike Kilman

  29. 5 out of 5

    Steve-Sandy Hilferty

  30. 4 out of 5

    Chad Land

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