Lt. Rusty Naille (callsign Baggy Zero Four) is a Forward Air Controller. From the cockpit of his propeller-driven plane, he experiences the terror and futility of war in Vietnam. After dodging bullets for months, he faces almost certain death when a patrol is surrounded and only he can save them.
Rocky Raab has a great writing style... When you read the book... It's way too easy to see. His choice of words and sentence structure simply put me in the airplane at the airport... When the plane landed in what was Vietnam... AND I could actually SMELL the stench, that was Vietnam, with how he was describing it! I don't think it was my morning oatmeal and blueberries either... Nor was it the nuked scrambled egg n'cheese with a hint of bacon bits. It was simply that Rocky, the writer, placed me, the reader in the story... I felt I was part and whole of the story... Another character reacting to his written words. Get the book... Read the story... And feel and hear and see what was.... Vietnam as a US Airmen / Pilot.
"Baggy Zero Four" Rocky, you've done us up proud! Only a former FAC could describe Rusty Naille's experience so knowingly. Well told, the agony and the ecstacy, the frustration and the fulfillment, the misery and the comradery, is all there. Since the airborne FAC of the Vietnam era is an extinct species, this work of realistic fiction is a valuable contribution to the preservation of the history of the FAC. Thanks for a good book, Rocky. Tim (Capt. Skinny) Eby Covey 540
"Baggy Zero Four" I just finished reading Rocky's book for the third time, and my wife has read it twice. We both give it seven stars, and would like to see it made into a movie. It's a great read, you can't just browse through it, you start to read just one page, and the next thing you know an hour has went by. Looking forward to reading his other book. ButchB and Reba.
"Baggy Zero Four" I enjoyed your book very much. I am not a flyer,so I want to thank you for not cramming a lot of technical jargin into a well written story. I didn't want to become a FAC, mearly to meet one. Thank you. D. A. Jackson
"Review: Baggy Zero Four and Mike Five Eight" Review: Baggy Zero Four and Mike Five Eight: Air War Over Cambodia The literature dedicated to the Vietnam War runs the gamut from concise military histories to incoherent, babbling, anti-war, anti-America diatribes. This broad spectrum of purview concerning the conflict makes developing a clear understanding of Vietnam difficult at best; especially for those too young to have served in Southeast Asia or those whose only information about the conflict comes via America’s troubled public school systems. America’s Vietnam experience seems destined to forever remain an enigma wrapped in a riddle. Fortunately, we have the literary mastery of Lieutenant Colonel Rocky Raab to help us unravel the mysteries that have so long clouded our understanding of what Vietnam was and why it still troubles us so. In the pages of Baggy Zero Four and Mike Five Eight: Air War Over Cambodia, the author brings the sights, sounds, and smells of... More > Vietnam to life—vivid, Technicolor, terror filled life! Unlike the critically acclaimed text of Philip Caputo’s A Rumor of War, which leaves the distinct impression of a whiny REMF lamenting the interruption of his collegiate experience, or Tim O’Brien’s broadly hailed If I Die in a Combat Zone: Box Me Up and Send Me Home, that is far too much a flight into sophomoric literary license, Lt. Colonel Raab’s volumes magically blend fact and fiction into concise portrayal of what the Vietnam experience was for those who fought and died there. From the initial, “world had farted in his face. . . garbage gelatin: smothering . . . sewage, dead fish, diesel smoke and jet exhaust” envelopment to the whispering of “I am home. Just like I promised,” greeting to his loving wife at the end of his second tour of duty, Raab’s alter ego Lt. “Rusty” Naille takes the reader on a whirlwind trip through the emotional peaks and valleys of Vietnam. One becomes mesmerized by the tales from the life of one of Vietnam’s most intrepid Forward Air Controllers as he did his part to insure the success of the clandestine Special Operations missions along the border of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Raab’s well-constructed prose shares the stark terror of antiaircraft fire, ambush, and foul weather flying and the bonds forged among the FACS and Green Berets with the reader in a way few other texts can match. The pinging of bullets off the aluminum panels of the lowly but generally reliable Cessnas to the gnawing grief of loosing a fellow FAC draws one deeper and deeper into the Vietnam experience. These elements are reinforced by the poignant appreciation of the small things in life such as Lt. Naille’s tearful reaction to a glass of milk and a heartfelt “thanks” from a Honolulu waitress during his R&R visit back to the World. If one reads and takes to heart Raab’s words then they cannot help but to learn and better understand what Vietnam was and how it forever impacted the lives of the men and their families who served there. I heartily recommend Baggy Zero Four and Mike Five Eight: Air War Over Cambodia to anyone with an interest in better understanding what Vietnam was all about. Joseph Shannon Parsons Adjunct Instructor of History Appalachian State University Boone, NC< Less
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