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Point of the Spear Jim McClellan

Point of the Spear

Jim McClellan

Published April 21st 2012
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Kindle Edition
520 pages
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The unparalleled true story of the Covey Forward Air Controllers (FACs) will unfold before your eyes as you absorb their personal stories about the Covey mission in the undeclared war over Laos, North Vietnam, South Vietnam, and Cambodia. The CoveyMoreThe unparalleled true story of the Covey Forward Air Controllers (FACs) will unfold before your eyes as you absorb their personal stories about the Covey mission in the undeclared war over Laos, North Vietnam, South Vietnam, and Cambodia. The Covey acquired an unprecedented out-country mission, in contrast to the in-country FAC mission in Southeast Asia. The Covey FAC sometimes carried a partner to assist in the complex Covey mission. The FAN (Forward Air Navigator) and the Covey Rider (a U.S. Army SOG team leader) both helped carry out the Covey mission.The out-country Covey mission was considerably different from the in-country FAC mission. In-country FACs acted as aerial observers, collected intelligence, and, where needed, controlled tactical air power in support of friendly ground forces. Coveys operated as part of a larger-scale quasi-strategic effort to interdict the flow of North Vietnamese battle supplies down the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Covey FACs, on a daily and nightly basis, flew in the sights of hundreds of anti-aircraft guns bent on knocking them from the sky. Coveys fought to destroy enemy units and their logistic support moving south through Laos and North Vietnam, into Cambodia and South Vietnam. Coveys also provided air cover for U.S. Army Special Forces SOG teams as they infiltrated behind enemy lines into the Trail network. Often, the Covey was the sole link between life and death for an out-numbered SOG team under attack.You will enjoy this book of personal accounts of combat action in Vietnam by the men themselves. Each story brings to life a by-gone era of personal sacrifice, honor, excitement, and life-and-death decisions. Covey FACs were decorated with every medal for bravery possible, including the Medal of Honor, the Air Force Cross, the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Air Medal. Coveys flew low, slow, and extraordinarily vulnerable in antiquated aircraft ill-suited to survive the hazard laden, anti-aircraft filled skies over Laos and the border areas.