Yes, a few books feature the 281st, mostly from the SF community, as Thomas A. Ross's Privileges of War describing an episode at an A Team camp in the mountainous reaches of South Vietnam.
now, at least three have 281st members as author. Al Rampone wrote Silent Birdmen many years ago about a few battles in the spring of '67 and the personal adventures of a few us. Find his book occassionally available on Amazon.com.
See our history section, publications page for other historical items.
Hello Intruders, you probably have heard during the previous two years that there was a new book in the works. Well, he has done it again!
Our resident author, Will McCollum has published a new Intruder book. This one titled;
"More Than A Name On The Wall, contains a compilation with photos and detailed information concerning our brothers that we lost in Vietnam. The cover, by our own Joan Baker, is outstanding and more than worth the price of the book.
Will personally financed the production of the book and turned it over to Jay
Hayes for sale through our PX, with the understanding that all proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the Intruder Scholarship Fund. Will and Jay have made provisions for copies of the book to be given, at no cost, to the families of the Intruders listed in the book.
As soon as Jay gets home with his new knee he will let us know when the books are ready for shipment and their cost.
More Than a Name on the Wall is a wonderful tribute to our 281st MIA/KIAs and their families. This is a book we all will want to add to our collections.
Regards to all, Bain
I was asked to proofread this book, "More Than a Name on The Wall." Every Intruder should have several for family members, especially for grandchildren, as the book is an awesome reminder of what it means to give your all. Containing significant stories about the bravery of our men.
Rat Pack Crew Chief
In 2015, a project long in the making will make our story available to the public resulted in Will McCollum's compilation of our individual and collective stories in Above
the Best. Buy it from our PX; as of this writing, it is not the book by the same title on Amazon.com.
"As a family member waiting at home while my husband served as a pilot in Viet
Nam, we really never knew what the guys were doing on a daily basis. The news we
received from the media was dismal and letters home were somewhat short. Thanks
to the 28lst AHC and this wonderful book, we will now know. The camraderie and
professionalism that all the guys practiced on a daily basis was very special
and comes through on each person's submission--from maintenance to crew chiefs
to operations to pilots, etc. All had a job to do and they did it well. This
book is a must read for families of those who served." -- Karen Forcht
"During the past few weeks I have had the privilege of proofreading Above the
Best. Having been familiar with stories of the beginning year with the 281st in
Viet Nam, it was fascinating to read the stories of the men who followed. The
stories came from the heart and were told as they were experienced by the men,
which is a gift they have chosen to share. The emotions and fears
expressed by the men were shared by the wives and families left behind. This is
truly an accounting of events that will be read and remembered." -- Linda Lerda
We offer many thanks to photographer Angela B. Pan for the use of her stunning photo at
the Wall in the production of this book. Click here to visit her page and her breath-taking D.C photos.
Will McCollum's book "Above The Best" covering the life and times of the men who
served in the unit remains available in the association PX.
Tom Ross, a great friend of the 281st AHC and author of the book Privileges of War, has prepared two YouTube videos to help us promote the sale of our bookAbove the
We have short and long versions of the videos. The long video contains live CBS news footage of the 281st in action in the Valley of the Tiger. If nterested in purchasing a copy of our story, Above the
Best, please click on the links below to watch the videos.
Orders may be made by