A naval aviator’s reflective diary entries reveal the exhilaration, terror, excitement, and frustration of life as a Vietnam War combat pilot.
“It is not intended that the foregoing become . . . a basis for a great literary work, but simply a record and exercise for the mind. The events that are impending as one sets out for distant shores excite the imagination. Therefore, when experience and imagination are reaffirming or denying one another with each passing day . . . it is my desire that a pen and paper be there to record, if not for later entertainment, then for future comparison.”