By David L. Porter, Col Ret (Squadron Cdr 88/90) - "Taking Fire! Memoir of an Aerial Scout in Vietnam" { View or Order }  - McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers is pleased to announce the release of Taking Fire! Memoir of an Aerial Scout by Col (R) David Porter. Porter was the twenty-seventh Commander of ¾ Cavalry in Schweinfurt, Germany when ithe Squadron was the 3D Infantry Division’s Cavalry. He commanded in the late 1980(s) during the turbulent days when ”The Wall” between East and West Germany fell. The events of Taking Fire! Memoir of an Aerial Scout took place over fifty years ago when the war in Vietnam was at its very peak in violence and intensity. The memoir is the very personal story of a young officer recently graduated from flight school thrust into a remarkable, although perilous method of fighting the deadly Viet Cong called Hunter-Killer operations. The tactic was extraordinarily successful, but included significant dangers to those involved. Few today are aware of the tactic or of the men who were key players on this perilous battlefield. Porter’s work is available everywhere at all fine bookstores and sellers. View the publisher fact sheet.

By Dwight Birdwell (C Trp 67/68) & Keith William Nolan - "100 Miles of Bad Road" { View or Order } - Specialist 5 Dwight W. Birdwell was born in Amarillo, Texas, 19 January 1948, grew up in the small rural town of Bell in Adair County, Oklahoma, and graduated from Stilwell High School in 1966. He is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. He entered the Army 24 May 1966, earning two Silver Stars and two Purple Hearts for his courageous action and leadership in Vietnam. SP5 Birdwell received the Silver Star for heroism on 31 January 1968 when his unit raced to defend Tan Son Nhut Air Base which was under Communist attack during the Tet Offensive. Cavalry Troop C was the first American ground unit from outside the airbase to respond to the attack. Dwight Birdwell was a member of the Judicial Appeals Tribunal (Supreme Court) of the Cherokee Nation 1987-1999, serving as its chief justice 1995–1996 and 1998–1999. He is now a practicing attorney in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He is an inductee to the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame and a Distinguished Member of the 4th Cavalry Regiment.

By Carl Burns (D Trp 66/67) - "Centaurs in Vietnam: The First Years" { View or Order }  -  Carl William Burns is a former bank executive officer and current financial planner. He was a helicopter pilot with the 25th Infantry Division ¾ Cavalry. He flew combat and reconnaissance missions in Cu Chi, Vietnam, earning a Purple Heart, 16 Air Medals, and the rank of Captain. Not your typical war story, this book captures an unvarnished account of how the Army formed an air cavalry troop in early 1966. The untold tale of the first year of the Centaurs in Vietnam is told through the eyes of the pilots, troopers, and LRRPs who fought at Cu Chi in 1966–67. There are stories of bravery and fear, ingenuity and innovation, humor and sadness, boredom, and electrifying insertions and extractions of LRRP teams. In the end, you will grasp the brotherhood of war and appreciate the sacrifices of those that serve America in the name of freedom. View the publisher fact sheet.

By Michael Green w/chapter by Pete Wells, Col Ret. (A & B Trps 68/69) - "War Stories of the Tankers" { View or Order }  -  Pete served as a platoon leader in A Troop from Nov 68 to May 69.  After promotion to captain he served as the troop Commander of B Troop from May 69 to Aug 69.  His awards from service in Vietnam include the Silver Star, Bronze Star & 3 Purple Hearts. These are the war stories few can tell, the harrowing firsthand accounts of armored combat, from the days of the centurys first tanks to the latest encounter on the streets of Baghdad. Here are the still-vivid impressions of the brave young men who fought in the mud and trenches of no-mans land during World War I. Here are the stories of green American tankers taking on massive and well-armored German Tigers or fighting through a screaming sea of Red Chinese soldiers in Korea. And here are the personal tales of American tankers defending Western Europe from the threat of Soviet tanks during the Cold War. From the American boys who pitted their tanks against the Viet Cong in the jungles of Southeast Asia to the soldiers who put their lives on the line every day in Iraq, these are the heroes of our time, taking that rare moment to tell us what it is like to face the enemy in tank warfare.

By David L. Porter, Col Ret (SCO 88/90) - "Colonel Ranald S. Mackenzie and the Remolino Raid: Prompt in the Saddle" View or Order } - Available in Kindle format (out of print in paperback).  Col (R) David Porter. Porter was the twenty-seventh Commander of ¾ Cavalry in Schweinfurt, Germany when ithe Squadron was assigned to the 3D Infantry Division.  The author, Colonel David Porter  takes us back to this very trying time on the frontier of our Nation and tells the story of the border, the politics and how a veteran cavalry Colonel, Ranald Mackenzie and his 4th Cavalry Regiment stopped the Kickapoo raids forever with decisive military action. In 1873, life along the border between Texas and Mexico had become intolerable. The constant attacks and looting by the Kickapoos had cost local ranchers about fifty million dollars in property losses, to say nothing of the murders and kidnappings which accompanied the raids. .

By William G. Altenhofen (D Troop 67/68) - "The Infantry Adventures of SGT William G. Altenhofen" {order or view} - William served as the aerorifle platoon sergeant. "Something you do not do in the jungle is move suddenly when you are lying down. You do not want to scare whatever snuggled up to you for warmth." The author of this gritty chronicle is a career military man who, while serving, was diagnosed with anger issues. Reassigned to the infantry ("I knew it was against regulations") he was sent to varied postings around the world. He cooked, trained soldiers for jungle combat, and fought in the jungles of Viet Nam. His frank, factual observations include battling tropical insects that left "mini Mt Fujis" on the skin and encountering the world's most dangerous snake, the fer de lance, capable of biting a hole through the tire of a moving vehicle. What stands out in this memoir is Sgt. Altenhofen's prodigious memory. With action packed verve, he recounts the daily, ever-changing events over years of service, garnering a Purple Heart and numerous other combat medals, and the people he met in each new post. He doesn't seek sympathy for the hardships he endured; instead, he entertains us. One could almost picture Altenhofen as "the last man standing" in any crisis. He is so well prepared in many aspects of warfare and survival. Hats off to this veteran. Soldiers who read Altenhofen's book will doubtless experience a sense of comradeship, and readers who have never served in the military will get a flavor of combat and courage.

By Roger McGill (HHT 65/66) - "Before, During & After Vietnam: A Cavalryman's Story" {order or view} - Manager at Illinois Bell Telephone Co./Ameritech/SBC 30 yrs. 1963 - 1993 - U.S. Army 1964 - 1966. 3/4 Cavalry Hawaii, Schofield Barracks, and Vietnam Cu Chi. Armor Cavalry Scout 11D10. Inducted as a Distinguished Member of the 4th Cavalry Regiment in 1994. A Cavalry Scout's 11D10 Story - from 1964 - 1966 While he was stationed in the U.S. Army serving at Ft. Knox, KY. Basic D - 11 - 3, Ft. Knox, KY. Scout School D-1-5, Ft. Hood, TX. A Troop, 2ND Armor Division, and 3RD Squadron, 4TH Cavalry - Schofield Barracks, Hawaii & Vietnam Cu Chi. His story before his service, during his service and after coming home, and being involved to this day in Veterans Issues.

By Ray Kenneth Clark (D Trp 1969) - "Just Let Me Walk Away: An American Combat Helicopter Pilot In Vietnam" {view or order} - Ray served as the D Trp (Air Cav) commander. In 1966 a young Army lieutenant from small-town Oklahoma set foot in the Central Highlands of Vietnam as a raw, inexperienced Huey pilot. Ray Clark would serve two harrowing tours in Vietnam, developing his piloting skills in combat. Clark has written an engrossing, poignant, and often humorous account of America's combat helicopter pilots and crew members: their adventures, triumphs and tragedies as they fought in a war like no other in America's history. A natural and masterful storyteller, Clark shares a personal memoir of war that Americans should heed carefully. Just Let Me Walk Away is a chronicle of a defining point in U.S. history, a tale of an unpopular war and the soldiers charged to fight it. This riveting, personal story is written with passion, dignity, and a commitment to truth. A day in the life of these American veterans is a story largely untold, an uncelebrated truth that Clark is compelled to reveal.

By Henry Sandhusen (C Trp 69/70) "The New Knights" { out of print } -  Henry served as a platoon leader in C Trp. Henry Sandhusen spent much of his early life training and preparing for the Army. He participated in the Boy Scouts, the Explorers, the Junior Essex Troop and attended military high schools during the summers. Following his 1967 graduation from Norwich University, Sandhusen served on active duty in the 40th Armor at Fort Sill, Okla., and the 3rd Squadron 4th Cavalry, 25th Division, in Vietnam.  Henry passed away on Dec 1, 2018 in Fairfax, VA.

last updated on 4/26/2020

By Douglas D Burmester, Danny J. Leifel, John R. Moore (A Trp 68/69), Hugh J. Preacher and Charles W. Titus -

"When a Nation Called a Third Time - Army Officer Candidate School at Fort Knox, KY: the Vietnam Era" - { out of print } -  John served as a platoon leader and troop executive officer. Foreward is written by Bill Coomer (A Trp Cdr 1968) whose 5 officers were OCS graduates. 4,321 officers successfully went through OCS at Fort Knox during the Vietnam era. 115 were killed in Vietnam. Book inlcudes 46 photos, 10 chapters of narrative; and 11 appendices that contain a roll of honor, names of the graduates who were recipients of the Medal of Honor, the names of the graduates who attained general officer rank, class statistics, training schedule, class rosters and more.  John began his military career when he was drafted in September 1966.  After OCS he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant of armor. Some of John's assignments include Instructor Cavalry Branch, Command & Staff Department Armor School, Cdr HHT 4th Squadron 12th Cavalry, Bn XO 1st Bn 73rd Armor (OPFOR) National Training Center; Liaison Officer for Commanding General National Training Center; Staff Officer 177th Armored Bde (Provisional) National Training Center. His awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star w/V, Purple Heart, & Army Commendation Medal w/V. John has a Master's Degree from the University of Arizona. He is the Adjutant for the Fort Lowell Chapter 442 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) & Junior Vice-Commander Department of Arizona MOPH. John was inducted as a Distinguished Member of the Regiment in 2017.