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Hawk Recon (Hardback)

An Airborne Combat Medic with the A Shau Valley Raiders in Vietnam

American History Photographic Books Colour Books Vietnam Military

By William Parkman Osgood
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 328
Illustrations: 40 colour & black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526782939
Published: 30th May 2022


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It took courage and a certain sense of wild adventure to be a combat medic during the Vietnam War, and William 'Doc' Osgood exemplified their daring attitude. Serving in the 101st Airborne Division, Osgood would see combat in the deadly A Shau Valley and all along the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

Hawk Recon is a story of what arguably was the most dangerous job in the deadliest part of Vietnam as told by a US Special Forces Green Beret. This is the tale of paratrooper combat medics of the 101st Airborne Air Cavalry fighting in the largest NVA base camp in South Vietnam-the A Shau Valley. Their war was was fought mostly in the mountains and on the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

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About William Parkman Osgood

William 'Doc' Osgood graduated from "Green Berets' Special Forces school and served in the 101st Airborne and a Hawk Recon platoon as a medic during the Vietnam War. Later, he flew missions with Eagle Dustoff - air ambulance - into the A Shau Valley and Hamburger Hill. One of his commanding officers was the legendary Col. Charlie Beckwith, creator of the US Army's Delta Force.

After the war, Osgood became a bush pilot and flew aerial firefighting missions as well as not entirely legal flights at night into Mexico bringing in electronics. It paid well, but was dangerous, with several pilots losing their lives. 

Osgood now lives in Hawaii where he spends his time painting and surfing.

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