Thursday, October 21, 2010

Missions Of Fire And Mercy

Missions of Fire and Mercy: Until Death Do Us Part by William E. Peterson is one of the best books I have ever read in my entire life. Of course, I have a special place in my heart for Veterans and military personnel, being an Air Force/Army Brat daughter of a Vietnam Vet, a Gulf War Vet, and the wife of a disabled Army Iraqi War Vet. The book is extremely well written and I feel like I know Peterson personally. I feel like we were sitting in a cafĂ© having coffee and he was telling me his story, instead of me curled up on the couch reading it. The book is graphic, and not in a bad way. In a way that takes you into the story, so you are right there in it. I like how the author tells it like it is, and uses “military speak”, which of course I understand, but some civilians may not. But that makes the book more real. I love the personal touches of the letters home to Mom and Dad. This book is just……for lack of a better word….fantastic! Jason, my husband, is reading it now, and then I am going to pass it along to my father, a disabled Vietnam Army Vet. Thank you, Mr. Peterson, for writing this book.

About The Book: When teenage boys are sent off to war, their lives are changed forever. Some have been wounded physically; all have been scarred mentally. "Missions of Fire and Mercy" is the story of one man's journey from his decision to enlist in the Army, through twelve months of helicopter combat, to his return home. It takes the reader on a wild ride with a decorated helicopter crew chief and door gunner with the First Air Cavalry, C/227th Assault Helicopter Battalion.

About The Author: William “Bill” Peterson was raised in Michigan's Upper Peninsula where he learned how to hunt, and was taught by his father to make every shot count. Little did he know at the time, that this training would be extremely useful within just a few short years. His father, Gene, was a B-17 pilot and spoke often of his hitch in the US Air Corp during WWII. He instilled on his family a great sense of patriotism. At the age of 18, Bill not only enlisted and signed up to be a Huey helicopter crew chief, but when asked in Basic Training for his first and second choice of assignment, he said “Vietnam”. The sergeant asking the question was very surprised, but said that would be guaranteed. After watching helicopters in action on the nightly news, he wanted a part of it. After 36 Air medals, (2 with Valor), 3 Purple Hearts, and numerous other awards, he got more than he had hoped for.

The author is currently a home inspector and resides in Piney Flats, TN. with his wonderful wife, Cindi. Bill is a member of The National Purple Heart Hall of Fame.

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