L.B.J's Hired Gun

A Marine Corps Helicopter Gunner and the War in Vietnam

John J. Gebhart

Many Vietnam memoirs have appeared in recent years, but not a single one has the humour, pathos, poignancy, and often sheer hilarity of John J. Gebhart's riveting LBJ'S Hired Gun. As Gebhart tells it, he was a ‘smart-mouthed college boy' who joined the Marines to see the world and ‘dust a few black pajamas for Uncle Sam.
Publication date:
December 2007
Publisher :
Casemate
Language:
English
Illustration :
32 b/w photos
Format Available     Quantity Price
Hardback
ISBN : 9781932033656
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£25.00
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Overview
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• Unremitting account of war in Vietnam written by a Huey door gunnerFunny and poignantly written by one who did two tours of duty

Many Vietnam memoirs have appeared in recent years, but not a single one has the humour, pathos, poignancy, and often sheer hilarity of John J. Gebhart’s riveting LBJ’S Hired Gun. As Gebhart tells it, he was a ‘smart-mouthed college boy’ who joined the Marines to see the world and ‘dust a few black pajamas for Uncle Sam.’ Two gruelling tours of duty later (1965-1967) he returned home as a sergeant after surviving 240 combat missions (12 air medals) and being shot down twice. On his chest was the Navy Commendation Award (with the combat V).

LBJ’s Hired Gun launches with Gebhart’s grim recollection of the intense old-school brutality that was Marine Corps training on Parris Island before transitioning to his difficult journey for Southeast Asia aboard a troop transport with 2,000 other nameless grunts. These hardships offered but a glimpse of the suffering he and his comrades were about to endure.

His candid account of life and death in Vietnam is written with a lively, infectious flair. But be forewarned: no attempt has been made to sanitize this memoir with politically-correct language. Gebhart tells his story exactly as he and his comrades spoke in the 1960s.

About the Author
John J. Gebhart quit college in 1964 and joined the Marine Corps. He spent the years from September 1965 to September 1967 in Vietnam, much of it as Huey door gunner. Gebhart graduated from St Joseph College with a B.S. in Business Administration and is the owner of a large employment service company. Gebhart was inducted into the ‘Enlisted Combat Aircrew Roll of Honor’ on November 14, 2003, aboard USS Yorktown at Patriots Point in Charleston, South Carolina.

REVIEWS

These are the matter-of-fact memories of a Marine Corps helicopter gunner. His well-told story rattles along with a seam of Marine humour. "You got all the free ammunition you wanted, endless cold beers to drink, and boom boom girls to party with. Who could ask for more? of course there were some minor problems like all the VCs and VNAs who wanted to kill us".
Soldier Magazine