Riveting Stories of Helicopter Combat in Vietnam

" Clearly the best account of the Vietnam war that I have ever read." -Amazon Reviewer


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Produced by Tantor Media, the Number One Audio Book publisher in the business and read by award winner David Colacci, this audio version of "19 Minutes To Live - Helicopter Combat in Vietnam" provides more than 10 hours of listening enjoyment.


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Read By David Colacci

David Colacci has been an actor and a director for over thirty years, performing coast-to-coast in lead roles of plays by a variety of playwrights, from Shakespeare to Sam Shepard to Steve Martin. He has worked as a narrator for over fifteen years, during which time he has read the works of such authors as Jules Verne, Henry Adams, John Irving, Michael Chabon, and John Lescroart. He has won AudioFile Earphones Awards, earned Audie nominations, and been included in Best of the Year lists by such publications as Publishers Weekly, AudioFile magazine, and Library Journal. David was a resident actor/director with the Cleveland Play House for eight years and has been artistic director of the Hope Summer Rep Theater since 1992. He currently lives in New York with his wife, narrator and actress Susan Ericksen, and his children, Mario and Elena.


More About This Book and Author

"19 Minutes to Live" has nearly 400 pages and over 80 pictures that vividly describe the incredible courage and determination of helicopter pilots and crews supporting their heroes that carried a rucksack and a rifle in Vietnam. Over 12,000 helicopters were used in the Vietnam War and nearly half, 5,086, were lost. Helicopter pilots and crews accounted for nearly 10 percent of all the US casualties with nearly 5,000 killed and an untold number of wounded.

Lew Jennings is a retired Army officer, former airline pilot and business executive who flew over 700 Air Cavalry Cobra Gunship Helicopter missions and received Three Distinguished Flying Crosses for Valor. 

This Vietnam war memoir describes first-hand the harrowing experiences of pilots and crews in helicopter combat operations, from the far South to the DMZ, including the infamous A Shau Valley, Hamburger Hill, LZ Airborne and others.

5-Star reviews continue coming in from across the country and around the world.

"Non Stop! I couldn't put this book down!" - D. Norris

"One of the best combat memoirs I've read" - T.B. Forbes

"Heart stopping and informative" - Snowguy2

"Keeps you turning the page" - M. Corley 

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Latest News!


More Speaking Engagements this Spring!

Great crowd to start off the New Year January 10th at the Capitola/Aptos Rotary meeting. Thank you to all! There are more presentations filling up the calendar. In March its the USCG Auxiliary Conference in Reno March 23rd and the Palm Springs Air Museum March 30th. In April at Cal State San Bernadino Palm Desert Campus on the 2nd before heading East to Fort Campbell, Kentucky and Nashville Tennessee mid-April and San Antonio in May. Please see "Speaking Engagements" in the next section below for more information.

101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Visit in April + Quad-A

I was honored recently to be invited out to Fort Campbell, Kentucky next April to visit my old combat squadron, 2/17th Air Cavalry, and other combat aviation units with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) 12-16 April, 2019. In conjunction with visiting the troops, I'll also be doing presentations at the Army Aviation Association of America (Quad-A) Summit being held nearby at the Opryland Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

A/2/17th Air Cavalry Troop Reunion, San Antonio, TX, 1 June

It is my privilege to be the key note speaker at the reunion of Alpha Troop, 2/17 Air Cavalry being held in San Antonio, Texas 29 May - 2 June. Looking forward to seeing my dear Vietnam helo buds once again.

Staying in Touch, Contacting the Author

Have a question? Want a personally dedicated, autographed copy of 19 Minutes?  Or just want to reach out with a comment? I would love to hear from you! Please e-mail me at lew@19minutestolive.com

Speaking Engagements

Keynote Address Veterans Day 2017

Keynote Address Veterans Day 2017

"History of Vertical Flight", "Vietnam - The Helicopter War", "19 Minutes To Live" and more

I love telling stories about the magic of vertical flight and the daring escapades of our courageous helicopter pilots and crews. Whether in combat or as first responders in communities across the country and around the world they save lives every day. I've done literally dozens of presentations to groups young and old; high school classes, air museums, aviation associations, veterans groups and keynote speaker addresses.  If you would like to have me speak with your group, please e-mail me at lew@19minutestolive.com

Here is some you tube video from a presentation titled '19 Minutes To Live' at an Old Bold Pilots Association meeting back in 2015.


USCG Auxiliary District 11NR Training Conference, Reno, NV 3/23/19

"19 Minutes to Live - Helicopter Combat in Vietnam" will be presented in the morning and again in the afternoon on 3/23/19 during the US Coast Guard Auxiliary's District Training Conference at the Grand Sierra Resort. 

Palm Springs Air Museum, 1pm, 3/30/19

"Vietnam - The Helicopter War". Always a treat to present at the renowned Palm Springs Air Museum. This presentation follows a day after National Vietnam War Veterans' Day on the 29th. Lots of wonderful aircraft and helicopters to see and all things aviation. PSAM is located on the northeast side of the Palm Springs Airport at 745 N. Gene Autry Trail. www.PalmSpringsAirMuseum.org 

Cal State San Bernadino, Palm Desert Campus, 4/2/19

"Vietnam - The Helicopter War". My privilege to return to the CSSB Palm Desert Campus to provide a two-hour presentation, 1-3pm, to attendees of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).  Please contact Program Coordinator Johnna Norris if you would like to attend! jnorris@csusb.ecu