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Xin Loi, Viet Nam: Thirty-one Months of War: A Soldier's Memoir (Anglais) Poche – 1 mars 2005


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“A grunt’s-eye view of the Vietnam War by a good soldier.”
–DAVID HACKWORTH

Xin Loi, Viet Nam lays it all on the line. . . . A story that every reader who wants to feel part of the battles he fought should know.”
–WILLIAM R. PHILLIPS, author of Night of the Silver Stars: The Battle of Lang Vei

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No one in Vietnam had to tell door gunner and gunship crew chief Al Sever that the odds didn’t look good. He volunteered for the job well aware that hanging out of slow-moving choppers over hot LZs blazing with enemy fire was not conducive to a long life. But that wasn’t going to stop Specialist Sever.

From Da Nang to Cu Chi and the Mekong Delta, Sever spent thirty-one months in Vietnam, fighting in eleven of the war’s sixteen campaigns. Every morning when his gunship lifted off, often to the clacking and muzzle flashes of AK-47s hidden in the dawn fog, Sever knew he might not return. This raw, gritty, gut-wrenching firsthand account of American boys fighting and dying in Vietnam captures all the hell, horror, and heroism of that tragic war.


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  • Poche: 336 pages
  • Editeur : Presidio Press; Édition : Reprint (1 mars 2005)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0891418563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891418566
  • Dimensions du produit: 10,7 x 1,8 x 17,4 cm
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2 internautes sur 2 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par tinyfun le 28 août 2006
Format: Poche
Ce livre sans prétention fait partie de ce genre de bouquin qui ne bénéficie d'aucune HYPE, qui ne paye pas de mine, mais qui dés lors qu'on commence à le lire devient vite fascinant. Je l'ai lu en 3 jours, impossible de le lacher.

On sent qu'Al Sever a vécu cette guerre au plus profond de ces tripes.

En posant les pieds au Viet Nam pour la 1ére fois, Sever n'est encore qu'un ado de 18 ans naîf, et qui a encore toutes ses illusions.

Près de 3 ans plus tard, il repart de ce pays vieilli prématurément, désabusé et meurtri dans sa chair par les choses qu'il a enduré et qu'il nous fait partager.
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1 internautes sur 2 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par Latour07 1ER COMMENTATEUR DU HALL D'HONNEURTOP 500 COMMENTATEURSVOIX VINE le 10 octobre 2009
Format: Poche
Un bien bon témoignage d'un soldat. Nous sommes à ses côtés dans des moments d'angoisse, d'irraison, de feu. Révélateur du décalage total entre le sens qui était donné par les officiels et les soldats de troupe.

Je cite in extenso le commentaire posté par celui qui l'a entrainé à devenir un très bon mitrailleur d'hélico, sur Amazon.com, où il m'arrive de poster, parfois, des commentaires :

"Al Sever is a unique individual. In his book, he credits me by name for training him as a crewchief. He writes as if my training intensity was somehow special or above the call of duty. I didn't think of it that way. I thought of it as doing what I could to survive, and to help my brothers survive. It was frankly comforting to me to know that the crewchief in the gunship behind me knew what he was doing when he covered our tail. And he did. The only thing that he did wrong was to volunteer for a second tour in Viet Nam. And that brings me to his uniqueness. Al survived his second tour both physically and for the most part, psychologically. Most of the men who re-upped for a second tour didn't get back in one piece. I'm glad he did because he wrote a helluva book with an incredible memory for details. I honor him for his service and for his insights into the politics and sadness of that war.

Every detail is true for the period we served together in '68 and '69 flying out of Cu Chi.

Xin Loi, Viet Nam is loaded with ironies and the title carries the most. Read the book."
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1 internautes sur 2 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par Latour07 1ER COMMENTATEUR DU HALL D'HONNEURTOP 500 COMMENTATEURSVOIX VINE le 26 janvier 2007
Format: Poche
Un bien bon tépoignage d'un soldat. Nous sommes à ses côtés dans des moments d'angoisse, d'irraison, de feu. C'est l'histoire poignante d'un mitrailleur latéral ("door gunner") d'hélicopter qui nous est donnée dans ce récit de guerre du Vietnam.

Ce témoignage est révélateur du décalage total entre le sens qui était donné par les officiels d'Etat major et celui vécu par les soldats de troupe.
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38 internautes sur 39 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Xin Loi, Viet Nam 3 août 2007
Par backstad - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Poche
Al Sever is a unique individual. In his book, he credits me by name for training him as a crewchief. He writes as if my training intensity was somehow special or above the call of duty. I didn't think of it that way. I thought of it as doing what I could to survive, and to help my brothers survive. It was frankly comforting to me to know that the crewchief in the gunship behind me knew what he was doing when he covered our tail. And he did. The only thing that he did wrong was to volunteer for a second tour in Viet Nam. And that brings me to his uniqueness. Al survived his second tour both physically and for the most part, psychologically. Most of the men who re-upped for a second tour didn't get back in one piece. I'm glad he did because he wrote a helluva book with an incredible memory for details. I honor him for his service and for his insights into the politics and sadness of that war.

Every detail is true for the period we served together in '68 and '69 flying out of Cu Chi.

Xin Loi, Viet Nam is loaded with ironies and the title carries the most. Read the book.
25 internautes sur 26 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Xin Loi, Vietnam is a realistic view of the War. 12 mai 2007
Par Reginald Ray Nelson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Poche
Having served 12 months as a door gunner in 1965-1966 with the 1st Cav Div, I know a little bit about being a door gunner. This book is very realistic in what it portrays. I am amazed at the author's memory. His discriptions of everyday events are remarkably true to life. I highly recommend this book for the Veteran or anyone who wants to know how it feels to be a Veteran.
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Reviews by Bob Miller-Don't miss this one! 10 août 2007
Par Bobby W. Miller - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Poche
I honestly don't like giving my fellow Vietnam warriors five stars. We've all had so many rose petals and awards placed in our paths throughout the years, I worry about overdoing it. Still, Al Sever gets five from me simply because he's a Vietnam veteran who has somehow given up drugs and killing babies long enough to write a book, a good book. Hell, I flew some 1100 hours in the war and I didn't know that, "It's a lot easier hitting small targets if the AC watches the target through the chin bubble at his feet and gives the command to drop the grenade. Leaning out the door to the left while moving forward makes it difficult to be accurate when you throw the grenade." If I ever get my hands on a helicopter and a buddy to drop the grenade, I'll remember this when we get to Washington. Sever's book, "Xin LOI, Viet Nam" is what I call an energetic, entertaining, and crisply written book. I'm Bob Miller, author of "Kill Me If You Can, You SOB" (hint).
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At last, the EM View 1 août 2008
Par Victor A. Bary - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Poche Achat vérifié
I've read a number of books by warrant and commissioned officer helicopter pilots, but this is the first by an enlisted crew chief. Since Al served with a company I knew, it had been part of the 11th Combat Aviation Battalion (with which I served in 1967) and flew in a III Corp AO I knew, I gave it a whirl. I wasn't disappointed

Not only is the tale he has to tell worth reading, I was struck by the fact that he was more reflective and was quicker to grasp that the way we were fighting, and our isolation from the Vietnamese, was diminishing the chances for any success, than were most of the pilot-authors I've read. Perhaps the multi-tasking required to keep a helicopter in the air left little time for reflection. Or maybe Al is just more perceptive than most. (We EM's thought many officers made a point of ignoring this.)

Whatever the reason, this book is worth the read.
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Helicopter gun ship combat experience detailed 5 juillet 2010
Par Paul Brooks - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Poche
Xin Loi, Viet Nam by Al Sever

In June 1966 author Al Sever graduated from high school and joined the Army. Enlisting in the military provides the individual with an important advantage over draftees; they usually get a slot in a technician school. His real motivation was to fly in a helicopter gun ship so he could experience combat as a door gunner. There was no "school" for door gunners so Sever was trained as a helicopter repair technician and shipped off to Viet Nam. After several months repairing shot up helicopters and making a nuisance of himself requesting transfers to a gun ship crew he finally achieved his goal. The vivid descriptions of his aerial combat experiences certainty add credence to the old saying "be careful what you ask for you might just get it".

Like the vast majority of us "armchair warriors' I have never stepped inside a helicopter. The author's descriptive accounts of his duties and experiences as a door gunner are graphic and compelling.

At some point all soldiers must reflecting upon the uncertainty combat subjects one too. The author ruminates about the ambiguous position he found himself in. It was difficult enough for the foot soldiers to tell the innocent villagers from the VC so how the hell could he make the distinction from a moving aerial perch. The old saw "kill them all and let God sort them out" or "Xin Loi" is the only answer to this anguishing conundrum.

After his tour in Viet Nam Sever was returned to the United States and was discharged from the Army. He had experienced numerous aerial firefights and saw the grisly aftermath of combat. So it is somewhat amazing that after a year as a civilian he re-enlisted with the stipulation that he return to Viet-Nam and be assigned to helicopter combat squadron. Considering the attrition of gun ship crews he was extremely fortunate to have survived thirty-one months of combat duty.

The helicopter played a critical role in the Army's combat strategy in Viet Nam.
This book helps us understand how that strategy was employed and the valiant men who carried it out.

The term "Xin Loi" according to the author is the only Vietnamese phrase a lot of soldiers knew. It was the standard reply to any of the multitude of the unfathomable circumstances soldiers faced in Viet Nam. It could mean "sorry about that", "why me?" or "F#&* this place" and many others.
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