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David L. Eastman

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A 1st Lieutenant in the US Army, David L. Eastman, served in Vietnam (1966-67).  During his tour, he logged nearly 1300 hours of combat flying.  He has a Master’s Degree in Forestry from the University of Washington and lives in the White Mountains (New Hampshire) where he publishes articles on natural history.  A member of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association, David L. Eastman is the author of Outlaws in Vietnam.


According to the book description of Outlaws in Vietnam, “Ride a Huey with the Outlaws of the 175th Aviation Company (AML) in the Mekong Delta and experience a first-hand, first Lieutenant's account, of a tour in Vietnam from 1966-1967. Eastman's lively prose reveals an exciting untold story of camaraderie, competence and fellowship. The aviation units were the sole combat element of the U.S. Army that kept their discipline and spirit.”


One reader of Outlaws in Vietnam said, “So much time has passed since Viet Nam and my curiosity has been reawakened. When the war was happening, I was too young to ask questions, or perhaps wrapped up in my young life. Now, at age sixty seven, I look back and see how very young the boys were that went to war, who never returned and never got to become men and I want to understand what happened and why. Who were these boy who went to war? Why were they hated when they returned? What happened? Having seen many films about the horrors of the war, I found Eastman’s description of the men in the Outlaws quite wonderful. They were human beings with special abilities. I could hardly put the book down once I began reading it. I could feel the love and respect they had for one another and I began to understand how women can never feel this kind of closeness with men.

When your life depends on another you carve a very deep trust and a different kind of friendship that survives a lifetime. I think it is a wonderful book for women to read so they can understand how men fight and also heal together. After the war many men were unable to share their experience except with one another. This group was fortunate and able to be together and share what happened. I also learned how the helicopters changed warfare, being able to drop and pick up soldiers. They no longer had to parachute in and be left alone. I also realize that real individuals with humane thoughts and actions did not survive at times. I hope this book becomes a film so others can see a different view of this war which has left so many wounds that still fester.”

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