is the author's autobiography of his Vietnam military experience from his induction to his honorable discharge from the Army. It is his story and the story of the men that he served with. It is descriptive of the hardships and horrors that they endured in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam. It was 1966, the Chinese Year of the Horse, and the horse was the symbol of the 1st Air Cavalry Division. The time line includes Operation Thayer I, Irving, Thayer II, and Pershing.


Bob Powers is a native Chicagoan, raised on the Southside in the Brainerd Neighborhood. He is a journeyman electrician and a longtime member of I.B.E.W. Local 134. Inducted into the Army in March of 1966, he received his training at Tigerland, Ft. Polk, Louisiana and was assigned to the 5th Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 1st Air Cavalry Division in Vietnam. After nine months in combat, he was severely wounded near Duc Pho in Quang Ngai Province. Discharged in 1968, he returned to his trade. He is married and has four grown children. He and his wife, Lynne, reside in Mokena, Illinois.