Bury Us Upside Down Book Group

Thursday, November 14, 10:00 am to 11:00 am, in 023 Dunbar Library.

Led by Lt. Colonel Richard Hughes (Air Force ROTC); Dr. Jonathan Winkler, Department of History; Dr. Bruce LaForse, Department of Classics.

Bury Us Upside Down, by Rick Newman and Don Shepperd, reveals the never-before-told story of the Vietnam War's top-secret jet-fighter outfit—an all-volunteer unit composed of truly extraordinary men who flew missions from which heroes are made.

In today's wars, computers, targeting pods, lasers, and precision-guided bombs help FAC (forward air controller) pilots identify and destroy targets from safe distances. But in the search for enemy traffic on the elusive Ho Chi Minh Trail, always risking enemy fire, capture, and death, pilots had to drop low enough to glimpse the telltale signs of movement such as suspicious dust on treetops or disappearing tire marks on a dirt road (indicating a hidden truck park). The missions that the Mistys flew would now be considered no less than suicidal. Bury Us Upside Down reminds us that for some, such dangers simply came with the territory.

A limited number of copies of the book are available through Center for Teaching and Learning.

You can read more about this at the book's website: Bury Us Upside Down

This event is sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), Air Force ROTC, Army ROTC, the Department of History, the Department of Classics, the Veteran and Military Center, and the Veteran's League.

For more information on Veterans and the Military at Wright State, please contact Dr. Seth Gordon, Director, Veteran and Military Center, seth.gordon@wright.edu or 937-775-5550.