Gerald I. Reponen grew up in Duluth and Esko, Minnesota rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force. He served with distinction through three grueling tours of combat flying in the Vietnam War flying 266 missions both night and day in all kinds of weather, one time landing his aircraft riddled with 50-cal bullet holes, leaking fuel, and in danger of exploding. In this fascinating book the highly decorated airman describes at length and in intricate detail what those three long years flying out of Tan Son Nhut airbase was like. He also beautifully describes life in wartime Saigon and how the city changed drastically in three years. The book is a treasure trove of facts, figures, anecdotes, and experiences. Reponen experienced Vietnam at rest and play and at war and on fire. This is the story of two countries besieged by a conflict unlike any before in their histories. Gerry Reponen witnessed it all and he shares it with distinction with his readers. The author can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.