Biography of General Heinie Aderholt
Trest, Warren A. AIR COMMANDO
ONE: HEINIE ADERHOLD AND AMERICA'S SECRET AIR WARS. Washington: Smithsonian
Institution Press, May 2000. Includes
22 black & white photographs, 2 maps, 6" x 9", 320 pp., cloth.
Price: $27.95 plus postage.
"Air-dropping agents deep
behind enemy lines in clandestine night
missions during the Korean War,
commanding secret flights into Tibet in 1960 to support the anticommunist
guerrilla uprising, participating in plans for the 1962 Bay of Pigs
invasion--even before the escalation of the Vietnam War, Brigadier General Harry
C. "Heinie" Aderholt worked at the heart of both U.S. Air Force and
CIA special operations worldwide. In
1964 he became commander of the famed First Air Commando Wing, fighting to build
up special operations capabilities among American and South Vietnamese airmen.
In 1966 and 1967 he and his men set the record for interdicting the flow of
enemy trucks over the Ho Chi Minh trail in Laos and North Vietnam.
Drawing on official records,
personal papers, and interviews with
Aderholt and many who worked with
him, Air Force historian Warren A. Trest details the life and career of a
charismatic, unconventional military leader who has become a legend of the Cold
War Air Force. He tells how Aderholt's vigorous support of low-flying,
propeller-driven aircraft and nonnuclear munitions pitted him against his
superiors, who were steeped in doctrines of massive retaliation and 'higher and
faster' tactical air power. In the mid-1960s Aderholt's clash with Seventh Air
Force Commander General William W. Momyer reflected a schism that still exists
between the traditional Air Force and its unconventional special
The first biography of Heinie
Aderholt, AIR COMMANDO ONE tells the story of a renowned leader of
counterinsurgency operations. The book also integrates U.S. Air Force and CIA
accounts of some of the most pivotal events of the past fifty years."
Heinie will also sell autographed
copies through his Ft. Walton Beach Office, 25 Miracle Strip Pkwy. S.E., Ft.
FL. 32548--FAX No.
850-243-0442. The cost is $27.95 plus postage.