when my guest will be author and former U.S. Army Huey helicopter pilot Colin Cahoon. Colin has released Mended Wings: The Vietnam War Experience Through the Eyes of Ten American Purple Heart Helicopter Pilots, which tells their story. Follow the lives of ten Purple Heart heroes as they relate the Vietnam War experience from the perspective of the helicopter cockpit. Get to know the generation of men who fought with pride, determination, skill, and courage, only to be shunned when they brought their battered bodies and haunting memories home.
Colin P. Cahoon is a writer of historical nonfiction and historically based fiction, a patent attorney, and a former Army helicopter pilot. He grew up in the Mesilla Valley of New Mexico. He earned his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering at New Mexico State University, which he attended on an Army ROTC scholarship. Colin received his Regular Army commission in 1983 and graduated with honors from the aero scout track of flight school at Fort Rucker, Alabama in 1984. He served with distinction as an Aero Scout Platoon Leader in the 307 th Attack Helicopter Battalion of the 7th Infantry Division, where he accumulated over 1000 hours of flight time in UH-1 and OH-58 helicopters.