Non-fiction Vietnam War book that's long on laughs and short on
Kill Me If You Can, You SOB is unquestionably a
controversial Vietnam War book that came from the diary of
helicopter pilot Bob Miller. It's a genuinely strange analysis of
the Vietnam War and the history and politics behind the Vietnam War.
"Looking for a quick read; a Vietnam War book on military strategy,
aviation history, and grunts in the 101st Airborne Division? This is
the book. But don't buy it expecting to read about flag waving
drones. These guys obviously loved their country, but it's doubtful
that Johnson, Nixon, McNamara or Kissinger would have survived a
flight with Arann and Miller at the controls. CW2 Arann, being a
patriot, might have passed up the opportunity to rid the world of a
war mongering politician, but not Miller." - Nancy Schatteman,
Lieutenant Colonel Manuel A. Alves ( Black Hawk)
LTC Alves (Black Hawk) doing what he did
best--caring for his men. Black Hawk was a good man, an
extraordinary soldier. Honestly, I could have been in the
middle of a damn heart attack and he'd expect me to rush out
to medivac one of his troopers with a toothache. LTC Alves, my friend and hero.
enjoyed it and read it straight through. I could not put it down. I was
there during most of his tour and was familiar with a lot of his
anecdotes about Black Hawk. My only disappointment was that it ended too
soon. Bob is to be commended for the support he gave our Currahees and
the very fine literary effort. I shall treasure both." - Dave Beaty
3-506th Infantry Airborne
Review:"There are lots
of books about the Vietnam War, but this military book is different. I
served in the Vietnam War and deeply appreciate meeting these guys
Miller writes about; they, like me, were not John Wayne. We were young,
foolish and, yes, sometime scared shitless. We made mistakes; but as
Miller points out, we were up against an army that didn't know the
meaning of surrendering. In my opinion, this short Vietnam War
memoir/biography has somehow captured an elusive truth, a vulgar
accuracy of the politicians, history, and is an on-target analysis of
the Vietnam War. It might ruffle the feathers of those who march in
lockstep to Washington's war drum, but will find favor with anyone who
cried with joy listening to Barack Obama's speech in Germany. Neither
Obama nor this author, especially this author, will go quietly into the
night".—David Chapman Sydney, Australia
"You missed! But kill me if you can, you SOB.
Four bullets in the cockpit, one in the compressor, and down we
went. I wish Black Hawk and his 3-506th Currahees would take the
day off. That old man is going to get me killed."
- CW2 Bobby Miller (Vietnam War December 1968).
Kill Me If You
Can, You SOB a military book
taken from diary entries written over three decades ago by an
ordinary soldier about three extraordinary soldiers: Lieutenant
Colonel Manuel A. Alves (Black Hawk), CW2 Richard Arann and WO
Theodore Thoman. This book has filled a unique void in the areas
of the Vietnam War history, Vietnam War analysis and war memoirs
of those who served in the Vietnam War. While it's a critical and controversial diary about the Vietnam
War. It is also a popular Vietnam War history book.
CW2 Richard Arann
Killed in action on 06/24/1969 Vietnam Memorial P-21W / L-05
I'm an atheist so I don't expect to ever join up with these two
pilots. Both were my tent mates, and it was a pleasure knowing
them. I was with Thoman when he died, and I wish I had been
somewhere else, because he took a big part of me, the caring part,
“While Americans grimace at the mention of the Hitler Influence, there
is nowhere to run, no where to hide from our Auschwitz and Dachau–-Abu
Ghraib and Guantanamo.” Bobby W. Miller
Publisher's proviso: This is a book about the Vietnam
War by Bob Miller, one of America's most controversial writers of
non-fiction books and military books. It is almost impossible to predict
how Vietnam/Viet Nam veterans will judge this book since Bob Miller is
being called a hero by some and a traitor and expatriate by others.
Without a doubt, Bob Miller is a rebel, but he is not without a cause.
We do concede that Kill Me If You Can, You SOB is a highly
controversial Vietnam War military book that's potentially divisive.
Bob Miller 2012
Biography: Bob Miller was born in Florence, Alabama (1940).
Miller served as a pilot in Vietnam in 1968-69 and was awarded
Distinguished Flying Crossand the Air Medal. Challenged
Richard Shelby for a seat in the U.S. Senate in 1992. Produced
the television show, The Late Show (BLAB 2001). Worked as the golf pro on Holland
America's ms Westerdam.