4 out of 4 stars
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The Rescue of Boxer 22, written by Jeffrey A. Chunglo, is a true account of an out-of-this-world rescue mission by the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. On 5th December 1969, an F-4C Phantom jet was shot down during a bombing run, forcing its pilots to abruptly eject in enemy territory.
What followed was a long and arduous Combat Search and Air rescue mission that lasted for three days and that has been declared the largest of its kind in U.S. Air Force history. In this book, Chunglo reveals all the gory details of the rescue mission, including the conversations, interactions, feelings, and actions of all involved in the mission. Indeed, Chunglo has left no stone unturned in rendering this epic tale of courage, camaraderie, and unflinching loyalty.
All in all, reading The Rescue of Boxer 22 felt like a real and intense experience for me, as the author included pictures from the actual mission. These pictures brought to life what I was reading and helped me to connect deeply with the book. Truly, a picture is worth a thousand words, but in my case, it was worth more than a thousand.
Furthermore, it was inspiring to see the immense effort, time, and dedication that the U.S. Air Force put into the rescue attempt. For several moments while reading, I was awed by their bravery, their sense of camaraderie, and their love for a fellow soldier. The following quote from the book sums up their inspiring mindset: “We’re Americans! That’s why we do this! We’ll never leave a man behind!”
Further, as I was reading, I kept telling myself that the book ought to be made into a movie. The intense action, prolonged battle, indefatigable enemy troops, all these made The Rescue of Boxer 22 a thrilling and exciting read. Made into a movie, I believe this book would be a blockbuster, and the American audience would appreciate the bravery of their soldiers.
Nevertheless, because this book was written in a nonfiction format, there were a few parts that were a bit boring to read. That was the only thing I disliked about the book. Apart from that, however, I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Rescue of Boxer 22.
Considering the above points, I rate the book 4 out of 4 stars. The minor issue I had with it was not enough for me to deduct a star from the rating. Further, I believe it was exceptionally edited, as I found only one error in it. I also found some vulgar words in it, and so I would not recommend it to anyone below eighteen. The best audience for this book would be fellow Air Force personnel and anyone who enjoys reading exceptional true-life stories.
The Rescue of Boxer 22
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