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"Easy Target: The Long Strange Trip of a Scout Pilot in Vietnam" by Tom Smith
"Easy Target: The Long Strange Trip of a Scout Pilot in Vietnam" by Tom Smith


 
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Tom Smith seemed an unlikely candidate to join the distinguished ranks of the Army's scouts. Although often unconventional in appearance, they have always been selected from the best and are highly prized for their mastery of the soldier's craft.

Kicked out of college, drifting along on the high times of the late sixties, Tom was tripping down the California coast in a VW bus with his flower-child girlfriend when a letter from his Uncle Sam caught up with him. "Greetings." And, so it was, next stop truly was Vietnam.

Ironically, young men with uncertain futures were exactly who the aero scouts of the 1st Cav were looking for to fly the hunter half of the division's "hunter-killer" teams. Trolled like bait, the job of the aero scouts was to attract targets to fill the insatiable maws of the teams' AH-1 Cobras. "Like homicidal hummingbirds we furiously worked the !


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