Bat Book Review Requiem for a Yankee Hero in Vietnam By PAUL DEAN Los Angeles Times October Excerpt Lt Col Iceal E Hambleton U S Air Force has been a forgotten hero since As North Vietna

  • Title: Bat 21
  • Author: William C. Anderson
  • ISBN: 9780553148992
  • Page: 390
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Book Review Requiem for a Yankee Hero in Vietnam By PAUL DEAN, Los Angeles Times, October 23, 1980Excerpt Lt Col, Iceal E Hambleton, U.S Air Force, has been a forgotten hero since 1972 As North Vietnam s hammer was beating out South Vietnam s submission, Hambleton was shot down 12 miles south of the DMZ He later received the Silver Star and lesser medals They don tBook Review Requiem for a Yankee Hero in Vietnam By PAUL DEAN, Los Angeles Times, October 23, 1980Excerpt Lt Col, Iceal E Hambleton, U.S Air Force, has been a forgotten hero since 1972 As North Vietnam s hammer was beating out South Vietnam s submission, Hambleton was shot down 12 miles south of the DMZ He later received the Silver Star and lesser medals They don t seem enough For Bat 21 reveals a military man amidst 12 days of continuous valor, above and beyond other moments of bloody bravery And it is certainly worth noting that Hambleton, quite out of his element as an airman ducking on the ground, was 53 years old too ancient for such combat A navigator aboard an EB 66 radar plane, Hambleton s body was peppered by flak and jolted by ejection after a surface to air missile exploded his aircraft He parachuted, not behind North Vietnamese lines, but into the middle of a major advance Despite injuries, Hambleton buried himself in a shallow grave while American aircraft ringed his position with gravel, lemon sized mines to block North Vietnamese searchers They wanted him We wanted him Hambleton s head was stuffed with electronic surveillance secrets In the literal tug of war that followed, with helicopter rescue made impossible by enemy gunfire, Hambleton used his survival radio to call in air strikes against gun emplacements and troop movements in his area His diet was rainwater and raw corn He fought pain, infection and eventual dysentery He survived earth tremors when, for the first time in the history of air search and rescue, a B 52 strike was used to sterilize hostile ground around his hideaway His movements constantly quarterbacked by a forward air controller orbiting a light plane overhead, Hambleton was eventually ordered to crawl to freedom at night North Vietnamese were known to be monitoring rescue frequencies, So a code was devised he was given distances and directions toward freedom that overlaid golf courses he had played Hazards for Hambleton s deadly 18 holes were a polluted river, leeches, snakes, exhaustion, starvation, dehydration, illness, hallucination and an encounter with a North Vietnamese soldier Hambleton killed in a knife fight It is a tense, ascending narrative, written capably by Anderson so long after the event He catches the jargon and humor of airmen He has no difficulty pegging the depression and euphoria of a man in the middle, the unexpected stamina born of stubbornness and, through it all, the frustration of a 53 year old man forcing himself to generate the vitality of a 24 year old.

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    1. William C. Anderson says:

      William C Anderson served in the U.S Air Force during World War II up through the Vietnam War, retiring as a colonel He began writing in the 1950s, with a series of columns for MATS Flyer, the magazine of the Air Force s Military Air Transport Service later MAC Flyer, after MATS became the Military Airlift Command.Several of his books were autobiographical accounts of the adventures of Anderson, his wife, Dortha, and their children, Ann, Scott and Holly.



    2 thoughts on “Bat 21

    1. Lt. Col. Iceal E. Hambelton's true story of bailing out over the Viet Cong, evading capture for 12 days, escaping using an innovative escape route superimposed by an 18 hole golf course made up of holes he was intimately familiar with. Entertaining, riveting & a tribute to courage, tenacity, team work, loyalty, & the sacrifice of 3 different aircraft & 8 men lost to save a comrade-in-arms.

    2. Story was very good. Being retired USAF and having worked with pilots of all types (including FAC and fighter), the vocabulary (both 4 letter and longer words ;-) ) is very familiar to me. What spoiled the book is knowing how much was composited from different people and different situations.

    3. It's pretty much what it says on the tin. Lt Col Hambleton goes down behind enemy lines in the midst of the 1972 Easter Offensive, and after 12 days manages to make his way to safety. This book is readable enough, but some of the dialog is, well, maybe fighter pilots did talk like that, I don't know, it's hard to believe. Lots of square-jawed USAF heroics, a few swipes at politicians and hippies, but all in all a decent enough account of a tense operation. Unfortunately, one of the major charact [...]

    4. Determinationis is a book about a man determined to survive being shot down in one of the most dangerous spots in the Vietnam War, and the determination of the Air Force to rescue him. This is based on a true story. The author wrote it in novel form so that the non-military reader would be able to understand and appreciate what happened. Although I knew he would be rescued, it was extremely suspenseful as I just couldn't see how that would be possible. This is a short book and quick to read.

    5. An amazing and inspiring adventure story about a pilot who was shot down over Northern South Vietnam during the NVA invasion of 1972, and it is a true life story too, which makes it all the more interesting. The book is very well written and the language is authentic. Hambleton's story sheds a light on the way the Vietnam war worked on the inside. I wasn't even born when any of this happened, and it's not a political story, but the echos of the current ordeal in Afghanistan give in a lot to thin [...]

    6. Very interesting story about the Vietnam war, and a true hero. In its story about a man shot down in enemy territory and his struggles to survive and escape, we also see a bit about the way the war was run. I knew the basic story from the movie, but the book of course told much more about what Col. Hambleton went through.

    7. Yes biography & fiction they took the story of a real Vietnam soldier trying to be rescued from behind enemy lines & changed some details, consolidated several people into fewer characters. The folks who had the brains to make it into a movie knew a great story when they read it. The movie stayed in my memory banks for years & so will the book. The two are actually very similar!!!!

    8. There are some outstanding books about the Vietnam War - this is one of them. Regardless of the political atmosphere that surrounded the war, some of the individuals that lived through it and others that write about it breathe life into the atrocities that occurred on both sides.

    9. Great book. I had the honor of working with one of the PJs involved in this rescue during Desert Storm, many years later. Hell of a guy.

    10. Incredible story of survival. The only question is why did the Air Force allow a senior officer who had knowledge of highly sensitive secret information fly on a combat mission to begin with?

    11. my husband told methis is one of five books he has ever read and finished. I told him I will read it so we can discuss.

    12. Swearing is a little bad. Didn't care for that. I didnt' remember that when I read it years ago as a teenager. But the story is really amazing how they rescued this man.

    13. Hambleton's heroic exploits provided in this book are a tribute to his spirit and the training the USAF provides its pilots and aircrews. Does make exciting reading!

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