Lieutenant Colonel Joseph R.
Finch, USA (ret.), is the author Angel’s Wing: A Year in the Skies of Vietnam.
According to the book description, “Angel’s Wing is Joe Finch’s account of the year he spent with
A Company, the “Little Bears” during the Vietnam War. His story is raw and authentic, unflinching in its honesty.
Sometimes his tale is humorous. Sometimes it’s tragic. Whether he writes of a preposterous moment or of brutality and
death, his personal account is powerful. If you weren’t there, at times his experiences in Vietnam are hard to imagine:
the blood, the noise, the smells. At other times, you will open your eyes in wonder at the dedication that the young men fighting
Finch arrived in Vietnam in
1969 as a young, naïve lieutenant. His flying skills were untested. The task before him was unknown. But almost from
the moment of his arrival at the forward base at Cu Chi, Finch began to learn what would be required of him. He would learn to fly under the most difficult of conditions, straining the limits of both the pilots and their machines.
He learned to support ground troops, inserting and extracting men into and out of the most dangerous of situations. And he
learned the importance of medical evacuation of the wounded—the Medevac—in saving soldier’s lives. He made
it his personal mission and his most significant achievement. It is in this task that Joseph Finch exhibited the compassion
and courage that make Americans proud of his service to our nation.”