Using Michener's notes, author David Sears tracked down the actual pilots to tell their riveting, true-life stories. From the icy, windswept decks of aircraft carriers, they penetrated treacherous mountain terrain to strike heavily defended dams, bridges, and tunnels, where well entrenched Communist anti-aircraft gunners waited to shoot them down. Many of these men became air combat legends, and one, Neil Armstrong, the first astronaut to walk on the moon.
Such Men As These brims with action-packed accounts of combat and unforgettable portraits of the pilots whose skill and sacrifice made epic history.
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I bought this book because of two main reasons: I am a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer (1963-1983) but more importantly, my oldest brother was a Navy Aviator who flew Skyraiders in the Korean war. He was shot down and KIA on June 19, 1953, just weeks before the end of this War. (I will never call it a "police action".) On page 305, Mr. Sears explains, better than I have ever read before, the "political events" of June 18-20, 1953 that sent my brother up on his final flight. He was awarded a posthumous NAVY CROSS for his bravery in flying close air support for US Troops on the ground in the "Punch Bowl". Mr. Sears is a very gifted writer who is able to teach history in an enticing and spellbinding way. I enjoy reading both fiction action and military history nonfiction novels. This book brings the non-fiction history of the Korean War and the Navy Aviators to the "movie screen of the mind" in and exciting way. I believe that any serious reader would enjoy this exciting book. Mr. Sears takes the War from start to finish and everything in between. He personalizes the war in a way that very few can do. In the end, we know Chief Thorin, Mr. Thayer, Mr. Brown, Mr. Akagi, and all the rest. This book NEEDED to be written before this War and its Heroes have perished, forgotten. Because of Mr. Sears superb writing style, I am looking forward to reading all of his Military History books. As a veteran and military history buff, I look forward to learning and being entertained at the same time. I am very thankful for the dedication that it took for Mr. Sears to compile this extensive history and then to be able to condense into less than 400 pages. I highly recommend this outstanding history of Naval Aviation and the Korean War.
If you have ever read Michners "The Bridges at Toko-Ri", this books give the daily stuggles that went on carrying out the naval air war in Korea.
Outstanding book, well written and interesting
Loved it - Always gratifying to read about the forgotten war - Korea
David Sears has an outstanding writing style. This is an easy and enjoyable read. The authoer has done his research and has presented in in an informative package. I have just ordered another of his works and I am looking forward to reading that.