Bob

Worthington

Writer  |  Soldier  |  Pilot

Combat flying in Vietnam: Low and Slow by Bob Worthington

I was not a pilot in Vietnam but during my two tours as a combat advisor accumulated about 180 hours of combat flying. I was a crew member (recon), passenger (med evac), or using aircraft for combat missions or transporting me around Vietnam. Over the next several months I will take chapters from one of my books, edit them so they will read as a separate article, and they will appear here, on my web site. My flying activities in Vietnam earned me a Purple Heart and an Air Medal. Enjoy!

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Book #3: From Combat Infantryman to Clinical Psychologist: All in the Army.

This book is half-way completed. It will have a Preface, 20 chapters, and an Epilogue for around 85,000 to 90,000 words. It begins when I left active duty in August 1969, covers grad school at Northern Arizona University and the University of Utah (where I went back on active duty and received my PhD in Psychology), describes my assignments and major research projects as an Army senior clinical psychologist. It ends with my retirement in October 1981.

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Keeping My Books Honest

My military trilogy contains three books covering a 25-year time span. While I think my memory is excellent, I want to insure what I remember is accurate and correct. Here is how I do that. My books cover a specific time and initially I create a summary of what I want to cover in my book. I then go into more details and work out each chapter (another outline). Then I start on each chapter. My research tools are vast, dozens and dozens of books written about everything I will be writing about (as an example a military historian authored a book covering a five-year history of a province I was assigned to, it even had a description of a battle I was involved in). I have decoration citations, my officer efficiency reports, letters, documents, and articles of where I was assigned. Also, letters I wrote home to parents and wife. I have battle maps I used and hundreds of photographs. Probably the most valuable single resource is the internet. I can access government documents, master’s thesis and doctoral dissertations about battles, organizations, and people I worked with, and dairies and photos by service people who were at the same location I was, at the same time. For example, I have a chapter describing my med evac and the evacuation hospital where I was treated. To verify what I remembered I found on the Internet, journals kept by nurses there when I was a patient along with descriptions of what they did and photos of the hospital, ER, wards, etc. I can locate maps, photos, documents, papers, all related to where I was and what I did. Technical details regarding navy boats used in combat operations or photos of planes flown in are all available This is how I keep myself honest.

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Feature in Vietnam Magazine

Read the latest cover article by Dr. Bob Worthington, “Returning to a world that no longer existed”, beginning on page 34 of Vietnam magazine. The article is a report on the adjustment on the U.S. Army repatriated Vietnam War prisoners of war, based on his psychological evaluations of the RPOWs during the Department of Defense Operation Homecoming (1973-78). At that time Dr. Bob Worthing was a senior clinical psychologist in the Army. 

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