Vietnam by Chinook

A CH-47 Crew Chief During the Tet Offensive


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About the Book

Like many other young men during the Vietnam War, Ed Corlew enlisted in hopes of having some influence regarding assignment–safety and training. Instead he found himself in the dangerous door gunner position and, soon after, the crew chief aboard a CH-47 Chinook, 15 miles from the DMZ in 1967 and 1968. Assigned to the famed 1st Cavalry Division, Corlew was shot down three times: in the Battle of Hue, the Battle of Quang Tri, and the A Shau Valley. This memoir began both as a journal and as counselor-recommended therapy for PTSD. He earned four bronze service stars for his service (an estimated 1000 flying hours) during the war’s bloodiest year, enduring enemy mortar and rocket attacks. Engaging, frank, and full of action, Corlew describes his many combat experiences as well as the emotional effects–all through the lens of his Christian faith.

About the Author(s)

Before retirement Edward Corlew was a general contractor and real estate broker developing commercial and residential projects. He lives in Gallatin, Tennessee.

Bibliographic Details

Edward Corlew

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 191
Bibliographic Info: 9 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2021
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8417-8
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4194-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface 1
Introduction 3
One—Family Life 7
Two—Induction Into the Army 11
Three—­CH-47 Chinook Helicopter 16
Four—Vietnam Duty 20
Five—Crew Chief and Door Gunner 26
Six—Move to Red Beach 31
Seven—The 1968 Tet Offensive 41
Eight—The Chinook Gunship: “Guns ­A-Go-Go” 79
Nine—Move to LZ Sharon and Operation Pegasus 83
Ten—Operation Delaware 113
Eleven—Life at LZ Sharon 143
Twelve—Return to the United States 154
Thirteen—Marriage and Family Life 167
Fourteen—Veteran’s Opinion and Our Distress 171
Epilogue 175
Military Service History 179
Chapter Notes 181
Index 183