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Stories and general interest postings by the Intruders of the 281st AHC and members of Project Delta.
For articles concerning the 281st AHC visit the History section.
(Click here for the history section)

BOOKS

  Yes, a few books mention the 281st, mostly from the SF community, as Thomas A. Ross's recent "Privileges of War" describing an episode at an A Team camp in the mountainous reaches of South Vietnam. See our history area publications page for a list of others.
  But at least two have 281st members as author. Al Rampone wrote "Silent Birdmen" many years ago about a few battles in the spring of '67 and the personal adventures of a few us. His book remains occassionally available on Amazon.com

  In 2015, a project long in the making will make our story available the public resulted in Will McCollum's compilation of our individual and collective stories in "Above the Best". Buy it from our PX; as of this writing, it is not the book by the same title on Amazon.com.
  "As a family member waiting at home while my husband served as a pilot in Viet Nam, we really never knew what the guys were doing on a daily basis. The news we received from the media was dismal and letters home were somewhat short. Thanks to the 28lst AHC and this wonderful book, we will now know. The camraderie and professionalism that all the guys practiced on a daily basis was very special and comes through on each person's submission--from maintenance to crew chiefs to operations to pilots, etc. All had a job to do and they did it well. This book is a must read for families of those who served."  -- Karen Forcht
  "During the past few weeks I have had the privilege of proofreading “Above the Best”. Having been familiar with stories of the beginning year with the 281st in Viet Nam, it was fascinating to read the stories of the men who followed. The stories came from the heart and were told as they were experienced by the men, which is a gift they have chosen to share.  The emotions and fears expressed by the men were shared by the wives and families left behind. This is truly an accounting of events that will be read and remembered." -- Linda Lerda
  We offer many thanks to photographer Angela B. Pan for the use of her stunning photo at the Wall in the production of this book. Click here to visit her page and her breath-taking D.C photos.
Will McCollum's book "Above The Best" covering the life and times of the men who served in the unit will be available in the PX. Orders may be made by contacting Jay Hays or use this order form.

STORIES

REMEMBERING THE 281st AHC
by Donald J. Taylor, SMJ (Ret), U.S. Army Special Forces

JIM "BEETLE" BAILEY

DUANE "TUBBY" BRUDVIG

KENITH (KEN) EMBREY

JOHN "THE KID" GALKIEWICZ
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(Web Site)

PAUL GREINER:
Duc My Pass
8th Field Hospital Stay

MARSHALL HAWKINS
(Viet Nam Revisited)

ROBIN HICKS
(March 28, 1968)

JACK INTERSTEIN 69-70

JOHN KORSBECK
McGuire Rig Rescue
Fight Your Way In
They Gave Up The Whole Aircraft

STEPHEN A. 'STEVE' MATTHEWS
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"Rat Pack 15" 6/68-6/69

BOB (MOP) MITCHELL
Bob Mitchell
"Bandit 24" 5/69 - 5/70
A Remembrance by MOP

BOB (MO) MOBERG

JEFF MURRAY
FNG Stories
A follow up story to Bob Mitchell's Story

JACK SERIG
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(Web Site)

STEVE MATTHEWS
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Remembrance of Tour

WAYNE SELLERS
499th Signal Detachment

CRAIG SZWED:
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Personal Web Site
CRAIG SZWED
(Live Reading of "Orbits")

DUANE VINCENT
(An Lao Valley Incident)

JOHN WEHR: A 281st Remembrance

ED YOUNG:
(Bill Meehan's Last Flight)




GENERAL INTEREST POSTINGS

LESSONS FROM A CREW CHIEF

SANTA'S 2004 VISIT TO INTRUDERS

AN LAO VALLEY INCIDENT
Date of Incident:
Saturday, January 29, 1966
Binh Dinh Province, South Vietnam

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