MASH angels : tales of the first air evac helicopters / Richard C. Kirkland.
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|Shelby Co PL - Shelbyville Main Library||951.9 KIR (Text)||78731000512912||Adult Nonfiction||Available||-|
- ISBN: 1570876606
- Physical Description: viii, 275 pages : illustrations, 24 unnumbered plates, map ; 26 cm
- Publisher: Chapel Hill, NC : Professional Press, 
- Copyright: ©2004
Published [in association with] the Air Evac Lifetime Foundation.
|Formatted Contents Note:||
The worthless contraption -- Assignment to Korea -- 8055 MASH -- First mission at the MASH -- Action on the MLR -- Ch'O Do Island -- Turning the corner -- Pedro down -- Rest and recuperation -- Return to Korea -- Life and love at the MASH -- Night mission -- The geisha house -- The painting of Sosa Ri -- Spring of '53 -- Chopper missing -- Mission accomplished -- Epilogue.
The remarkable, lifesaving emergency medical service that now serves America owes its legacy to a handful of MASH helicopter pilots and medics of a half-century ago. This is the true story of the world's first Air Evac Lifeteam, flying primitive "Choppers" on the battlefields of Korea. The author, Captain Richard Kirkland, a decorated World War II fighter pilot, never imagined he would be sent to Korea as a helicopter pilot or that he would be flying over the battlefield in a lightweight, unarmed chopper. But on his first Korean air-evacuation mission, he faces this reality and the agonizing frustration of having no means of returning enemy fire. But the captain also discovers a deep, emotional satisfaction he could never have imagined. At the 8055 MASH, the real-life Hawkeye Pierce's habit of playing jokes leads to a harrowing battlefield mission, resulting in the pilot qualifying simultaneously for a medal of valor and a court-martial. Another chopper pilot and his medic snatch a downed jet pilot from behind enemy lines, but the helicopter goes down under withering ground fire. Their incredible escape is legendary. Knowing a chopper pilot is smitten with her, a free-spirited nurse cons him into taking her on a battlefield mission. The most beautiful MASH nurse in Korea (as judged by Hawkeye) is in love with a Marine...then she meets the captain. Vividly capturing the drama and emotion of his experiences and those of fellow pilots and MASH personnel, the author tells the riveting stories of pulling wounded soldiers off the battlefield and snatching downed jet pilots from behind enemy lines. And he doesn't forget the warm, human side: the challenges, loves and personal conflicts of those first air-evac crews and their MASH teammates, who laid the cornerstone for the helicopter lifesaving system we enjoy in America today.
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|Subject:||Korean War, 1950-1953.