“Hard Chargers from the Sky,” Truckee resident Pete Henry’s historical novel, now available at Bookshelf, is a passage through the Vietnam War, September 1967-8.
Join Henry at the Bookshelf for a special event, a Vietnam film, book reading and signing at the Bookshelf in Truckee on July 15 at 6 p.m.
Bold dialog and true-life actions, many unreported, are the foundation for the book.
Lieutenant, Ryan “Rye” Anders and his “Hard Chargers,” their emotions laid bare, face merciless battles with the North Vietnamese Army and face a no return ticket.
Armchair generals in Washington devise a crazy strategy, which is an experiment. Rye, his 127 men and six 1/2-ton guns of the 1/30th Artillery, First Cav, become the leading airmobile artillery assault force. They are ordered into the toughest battles in the northern most operations of Vietnam.
Each mission has less chance of survival. In Hue, Khe Sanh, and then 37 miles inside the “Valley of Death,” they landed from the air into battles that were supposed to win the war. Will they make it out?
Hardy served in Vietnam as the battalion fire direction officer and as the executive officer of Alpha Battery with the 1/30th Battalion, First Calvary Airmobile Division. He was awarded two Bronze Star Medals with Valor, a Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Service; and The Cross Of Gallantry with Silver Star from the Vietnamese Government. He is a surviving victim of Agent Orange.