Lest We Forget: The Kingsmen, 101st Aviation Battalion, 1968
It takes a special kind of man--and a special kind of courage--to routinely risk one's life for others. . . .
Lt. "Wild Bill" Meacham was a former enlisted man turned UH-1 pilot assigned to Bravo Company, 101st Aviation Battalion, an assault helicopter company whose liftships were called the Kingsmen. Meacham quickly learned that the fighting in Vietnam wasn't confined to hot LZs: He killed nine enemies on the ground during the Tet 1968 defeat of the VC.
Bravo Company carried troops and supplies for many units, but Meacham preferred flying insertions and extractions for the LRRPs of the 101st and for the men of SOG, whose operations frequently took them into Laos. From combat assaults in Cu Chi to night operations in the enemy-infested A Shau Valley to hot extractions from Laos, Meacham engaged in some of the most dangerous flying imaginable. As he hovered a few feet off the ground in LZs exploding with mortar shells and crackling with AK-47 fire, it was often only Meacham's relentless daring and calm hands at the chopper's controls that kept the men on the ground from the enemy--and certain death.
The Kingsmen were held in the highest esteem by LRRPs and other special-operations forces throughout Vietnam. This heroic, harrowing, and utterly absorbing account is a powerful tribute to those men and their fearless reputation.
Lest We Forget: The Kingsmen, 101st Aviation Battalion 1968
By Lowell E Turner - March 14, 2000
I have read several books describing the heroism of the 101st lift and infantry units in I Corp and felt the contributions of these guys was beyond measure. I work with Behavior Disordered high school students and experimented with one chapter of "Wild Bill's" book in class. The impact of his message and graphic style genuinely moved these kids and led to a two day discussion on: devotion/committment, loyalty, sacrifice, trust/risk, communication, training, fear/bravery and HONOR/INTEGRITY. "My boys" think W.T., Wild Bill, Walkabout, Turk and all the others are GODS. Thank Mr. Meachum for sharing so openly and writing so damn well!
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By Thomas J. Turck - December 1, 1999
The book is well written and an accurate portrayal of the helicopter war. It is a good read and should be of interest to veterans, military and history buffs, researchers as well as anyone else interested in the Vietnam War. I was a helicopter crewchief and flew with Bill Meacham in Vietnam.
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By "roadrunner6" - December 20, 1999
I have just finished reading this wonderful book. Having been a RANGER in the Nam , and having worked with some of these brave helo-pilot of " DELTA TRIPLE NICKLE' in the Delta area, I think Wild Bill did a very good job of informing whom ever reads this book of just how it was.Two- Five I salute you, and thank you being the type of human being that you are. Road Runner Six Out