Naked in Da Nang by Mike Jackson and Tara Dixon-Engel

Retired USAF Lt. Col. Mike Jackson’s Vietnam War story, Naked in Da Nang: A Forward Air Controller In Vietnam, written with Tara Dixon-Engel and first published in 2004, is now out in paperback (Zenith, 303 pp., $17.99).

Jackson, the former executive director of the National Aviation Hall of Fame, flew 210 Vietnam War FAC combat missions during his eventful 1971-72 tour. Among other things, he took part in the fight against the NVA during the 1972 Easter Offensive and was part of the FAC team in the later-famous BAT-21 rescue mission.

Jackson and Dixon-Engel (a journalist and former college instructor) tell his story well, including the combat action and more than a few off-beat incidents, such as the one that provided the book’s title. Frank Borman provides a brief foreword.

—Marc Leepson

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