Air Commando One

Air Commando One

By Warren A. Trest

Air Commando One

I had the opportunity to befriend Heinie Aderholt in the fall of 2009 and he promised to give me his book when we came up to Pamama city to share dinner with he and his wife, (we were going to by some furniture in his furniture store as well). I could not wait, I bought the book and consumed it quickly. Afterward we had a lot of time on the phone talking, about “stuff” that happened in Laos and all. I wanted to do a book about Bill Lair, but after reading his book and learning so much about him (Heinie) and his world, I just wanted to share Heinie’s memories. Reading “Air Commando One” was like hearing it straight from “the man” himself. He was quite a story teller, he could really “spin a yarn”… Warren A. Trest has brought back this time I had with Heini Aderholt. (as I re-read Trest’s book) Mr. Trest brings back to the dinner table the discussions of the adventures of Heinie’s life and the account of a professional military man who stayed under the radar due to his clandestine work of a great man. The story should be told now that Heini is gone, it should be yelled from the roof tops. But just like so many great men who fought in secret wars doing the dirty work “Under the radar” so to speak, they will never get the recognition they deserve. This book; “Air Commando One” by Warren A. Trest is one of the best biographies I have read. I highly recommend this book, for it is very instructive and historically correct, interesting, amusing and will leave you smiling, sad, and scratching your head wondering what the heck does our government think they are doing? No matter where you stood on the Vietnam war politically speaking, in retrospect, we can now see perhaps, that just maybe the wars should be fought by those men who know what the heck they are doing, like Heini Aderholt. God bless all those guys who lived, died and fought by General Heinie Aderholt’s side in World War II, Korea, Tibet, Thailand, The Golden Triangle, and Laos especially. Great job Mr. Trest, Great Book, Get the book and read it, you will be glad you did. I give it ten stars… (JRH)     

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