Da Nang Diary: A Forward Air Controller's Gunsight View of Flying with SOG

Da Nang Diary: A Forward Air Controller's Gunsight View of Flying with SOG

by Tom Yarborough

Narrated by Sean Runnette

Unabridged — 15 hours, 14 minutes

Da Nang Diary: A Forward Air Controller's Gunsight View of Flying with SOG

Da Nang Diary: A Forward Air Controller's Gunsight View of Flying with SOG

by Tom Yarborough

Narrated by Sean Runnette

Unabridged — 15 hours, 14 minutes

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Overview

Da Nang Diary is the story of how, in Vietnam, an elite group of Air Force pilots fought a secret air war in Cessna 0-2 and OV-10 Bronco prop planes-flying as low as they could get. The eyes and ears of the fast-moving jets who rained death and destruction down on enemy positions, the forward air controller made an art form out of an air strike-knowing the targets, knowing where friendly troops were, and reacting with split-second, life-and-death decisions as a battle unfolded.



The expertise of the low, slow FACs, as well as the hazard attendant to their role, made for a unique bird's-eye perspective on how the entire war in Vietnam unfolded. For Tom Yarborough, who logged 1,500 hours of combat flying time, the risk was constant, intense, and electrifying. A member of the super-secret "Prairie Fire" unit, Yarborough became one of the most frequently shot-up pilots flying out of Da Nang-engaging in a series of dangerous secret missions in Laos. In this work, the listener flies in the cockpit alongside Yarborough in his adrenaline-pumping chronicle of heroism, danger, and wartime brotherhood. From the rescuing of downed pilots to taking out enemy positions, to the most harrowing extended missions directly overhead of the NVA, here is the dedication, courage and skill of the fliers who took the war into the enemy's backyard.

Editorial Reviews

Military Heritage

The book fills an interesting gap in the history of Special Operations in Vietnam.

Books Monthly

"I know next to nothing about the Vietnam War apart from the high profile events that made it notorious, the first conflict to incite the hatred and revulsion of an entire generation of protesters. Tom Yarborough's account of his involvement in just one aspect of the war makes for a hugely exciting read - not the kind of thing that made headline news at the time, but something quite extraordinary and amazing."

Military Writer’s Society of America

"Highly decorated Author Tom Yarborough deflects all credit to others while assuring accuracy through extensive research of this incredible military history. There are many current day BIO's of the characters in the book that I found extremely interesting. Da Nang Diary has my highest recommendation."

Earl Tilford author

"Excellent account by a warrior-soldier in the tradition of Carl von Clausewitz and TE Lawrence. Yarborough's account brought back memories of my tour as an AF intelligence officer assigned to HQ 7/13 from October 1970 to October 1971. I remember briefing many of these operations from Son Tay through Lam Son 719. Fabulous book…riveting, thoughtful account."

Daedalus Flyer

"…takes the reader along on a number of missions , taking out the enemy threat, and picking up down pilots. Take it from one who "was there, done that" this book is worth reading as it sheds light on an aspect of the Southeast Asia air war that was not often discussed."

The Drop: The Journal of the Special Forces Association

"Col. Tom Yarborough adds another heroic chapter to the literature of America’s experience in Vietnam with his detailed, impeccably researched memoir of his year as a Prairie Fire FAC flying for CCN. Whether supporting SOG teams deep in Laos, rescuing downed helicopter pilots in the DMZ, or destroying deadly enemy antiaircraft positions along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, for Tom Yarborough the danger associated with flying for SOG was constant, intense, and electrifying. Da Nang Diary is the ultimate through-the-gunsight view of covert operations in Vietnam. Told with a powerful immediacy that puts the reader in the cockpit, Da Nang Diary is a book that should and must be read by all warriors."

Major General John K. Singlaub

"At last, after four decades, we can finally recognize some of the Vietnam War’s most intrepid warriors, the courageous Covey FACs who supported SOG reconnaissance teams on their top-secret missions into Laos and Cambodia. The dramatic true stories in Da Nang Diary fill a major gap in special operations history. This is a “must-read” for all warriors and a book to place on the shelf next to John Plaster’s SOG: The Secret Wars of America’s Commandos in Vietnam."

General Ralph “Ed” Eberhart

"As Covey 580 and a former Prairie Fire FAC, I can definitely identify with Tom Yarborough’s saga. Da Nang Diary is a riveting, authentic story that has never been told until now. Yarborough takes you into the cockpit as he flies his dangerous top secret missions in support of covert reconnaissance teams operating in Laos. This memoir is very personal, honest, and insightful—-and one of the best books about FACs ever written. A gripping read!"

John Prados

"From telephone booths on the Ho Chi Minh Trail to dangerous emergency landings at abandoned Khe Sanh, you can almost see the explosions of marker rockets and smell the avgas in DA NANG DIARY, this intimate account of a Forward Air Controller working with the Special Forces on their secret operations in South Vietnam and Laos. Yarborough's vivid picture of staging the air missions that inserted SOG teams where they were needed is the only one of its kind. Don't miss it!"

John L. Plaster

"Many SOG veterans — including myself — are alive today thanks to the courage, flying skill and determination of Col. Yarborough and his fellow Covey FAC pilots. His personal account captures the spirit of those harrowing days when we Green Berets, deep behind enemy lines in Laos — no matter how dire the situation — only needed to hear Covey's approaching engines to know all was not lost. Congratulations on telling your story — and our story — so well."

The Drop: The Journal of the Special Forces Association

"Col. Tom Yarborough adds another heroic chapter to the literature of America’s experience in Vietnam with his detailed, impeccably researched memoir of his year as a Prairie Fire FAC flying for CCN. Whether supporting SOG teams deep in Laos, rescuing downed helicopter pilots in the DMZ, or destroying deadly enemy antiaircraft positions along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, for Tom Yarborough the danger associated with flying for SOG was constant, intense, and electrifying. Da Nang Diary is the ultimate through-the-gunsight view of covert operations in Vietnam. Told with a powerful immediacy that puts the reader in the cockpit, Da Nang Diary is a book that should and must be read by all warriors."

Books Monthly UK

"the reader flies in the cockpit alongside Yarborough in his adrenaline-pumping chronicle of heroism, danger and wartime brotherhood. From the rescuing of downed pilots to taking out enemy positions, to the most harrowing extended missions directly overhead of the NVA, here is the dedication, courage and skill of the fliers who took the war into the enemy's backyard."

Military Writers Society of America

"Highly decorated Author Tom Yarborough deflects all credit to others while assuring accuracy through extensive research of this incredible military history. There are many current day BIO's of the characters in the book that I found extremely interesting. Da Nang Diary has my highest recommendation."

Crosswinds: The Air Force's Setup in Vietnam Earl Tilford author

"Excellent account by a warrior-soldier in the tradition of Carl von Clausewitz and TE Lawrence. Yarborough's account brought back memories of my tour as an AF intelligence officer assigned to HQ 7/13 from October 1970 to October 1971. I remember briefing many of these operations from Son Tay through Lam Son 719. Fabulous book…riveting, thoughtful account."

Special Forces Association The Drop

"Col. Tom Yarborough adds another heroic chapter to the literature of America’s experience in Vietnam with his detailed, impeccably researched memoir of his year as a Prairie Fire FAC flying for CCN. Whether supporting SOG teams deep in Laos, rescuing downed helicopter pilots in the DMZ, or destroying deadly enemy antiaircraft positions along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, for Tom Yarborough the danger associated with flying for SOG was constant, intense, and electrifying. Da Nang Diary is the ultimate through-the-gunsight view of covert operations in Vietnam. Told with a powerful immediacy that puts the reader in the cockpit, Da Nang Diary is a book that should and must be read by all warriors."

Product Details

BN ID: 2940177770246
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publication date: 09/15/2020
Edition description: Unabridged
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