Written by our own C – 2/327 Infantry Brother, Richard Bathurst.
For information or to order, please contact Richard at [email protected]
This book is NOT available through the 327th Web Site PX.
The Choppers came in at tree top level and the door
gunners sprayed the tree line on both side with their 60s.
No return fire. Three feet from the ground I saw
Campbell step on the Chopper Skid and jump. He was
five yards away before I could move. I struggled forward
with that damn Ruck on and was out. The ground was
soft and wet; it had been raining. I was knee deep in mush
and couldn’t move. Then the Chopper’s skid pushed me
deeper to my waist as it came down. The rest of the men
were out and running toward the perimeter. “Hey help
me!” With the blast of the Chopper rotor no one could
hear me yelling for help … …
Thus began the first day of the Viet Nam war for a twenty
year old “cherry” from Pensacola, Florida. Follow his
transition from and idealistic southern youth to a battle-
hardened cynic and his struggle to reconcile his survival
amidst all the death he saw. Witness his post-war battle
with PTSD and his fight with the government he
faithfully served. While “NO SLACK” is one man’s
story, it is also the story of thousands of young Americans
who answered their country’s call and later felt betrayed
and unappreciated by those they faithfully served.
F.T. Ratchford, Jr. Attorney At Law