Catkiller 3-2: An Army Pilot Flying for the Marines in the Vietnam War Audiobook, by Raymond G. Caryl Play Audiobook Sample

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Author: Raymond G. Caryl Narrator: Tom Parks Publisher: Tantor Audio Audio Length: Release Date: July 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781666147964

Publisher Description

Catkiller 3-2 provides unique insights into the role of the tactical air controller, airborne (TACA) in I Corps as seen through the eyes of one of the pilots who flew low-flying, unarmed, single-engine aircraft in support of marine ground units during the Vietnam War. When Gen. William Westmoreland changed the marines' role in I Corps into a combat one, the Marines found themselves in need of more fixed wing aircraft to handle the TACA missions. The advance party of the Army's 220th Reconnaissance Aircraft Company (RAC) arrived in Vietnam in late June 1965 thinking they were going to be assigned to III Corps Tactical Zone. However, because of the shortage of existing Marine Birddogs, the 220th was immediately reassigned to I Corps and came under the operational control of the Marines.

No other work details the tactics, restrictions, aerial maneuvers, and dangers experienced by the army pilots and marine aerial observers flying these missions. As young lieutenants and captains, they had at their beck and call as much authority to request and control artillery and air strikes as ground commanders of much higher rank. Raymond G. Caryl provides unrivaled examples of the cultural mores, attitudes, and recreational activity of these young pilots and observers supporting the ground forces.

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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Great book, higly recommended! Don't miss it! Great the Author Mr Caryl ang great the Reader Mr. Parks! "

    - Arte0, 7/3/2022
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Narration Rating: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Story Rating: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Good story for military aviation history buffs. If you're interested in how the US Army did airborne forward air control (FAC) missions in the Army version of the 01 Bird Dog during the Vietnam conflict this is a good read. However the author is a bit repetitive throughout the book. My dad was an Air Force "fighter pilot" and flew the AF version of the 01 Bird Dog in Vietnam in 1968. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross and two Bronze Stars for Valor flying over 750 combat missions. Unfortunately the author of this book is NOT a fan of the Air Force and that came through loud clear. I think it take a Joint Service (Army, USMC, USN and USAF) in any conflict or war to get the job done. Overall interesting story. "

    - BRS06, 12/15/2021

About the Narrator

Tom Parks is an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator who has also been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has been involved in recording audiobooks and voice-overs for over thirty years and through an eclectic range of projects. In addition to performing and directing, he is also an active musician, drumming in musical theater productions in the Midwest, and is in demand as a conference speaker.