The Vietnam War was costly for the USA in many ways. We lost many troops. Brave citizens did what the nation's leaders asked. We lost troops and a lot of equipment.
The main work house of that war was the UH 1 Helicopter known as a “Huey” flown by American pilots who seemed fearless as they were in danger daily. We sent about 12,000 of them to Vietnam. Mended Wings , by Colin Cahoon, was just released on Amazon. This is a powerful interview delving into how American pilots found the courage to do many amazing rescues of wounded GIs in Vietnam.
A well aimed bullet or two could disable a Huey or hit the crew of the chopper. And there were a lot of bullets flying through the jungle in Nam. Helicopters delivered supplies, reinforcements, evacuated wounded GIs and provided close air support in combat firing rockets and automatic weapons.
Colin Cahoon spend over 1000 Hours flying Hueys for the Army and has written this inspiring book profiling ten American Helicopter pilots who were badly wounded in Vietnam. He is now a patent lawyer in Texas. Mended Wings is inspiring.