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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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!

Audio Book Coming Soon

November 1, 2017. We signed an audio book contract with a major publisher so should have it available within six months. Will post updates here. In the meantime, a BIG thank you to all who have read my memoir and provided wonderful reviews and comments. -Lew

Staying In Touch, Contacting the Author

Have a question? Want an autographed copy with a personal note from the author? Just want to reach out with a comment? I would love to hear from you! Email me at  lew@19minutestolive.com


Speaking Engagements

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.


SMB Quiet Birdmen, Scotts Valley, 3/9/18

"19 Minutes To Live - Helicopter Combat in Vietnam". Real-life anecdotes and experiences of what it was like flying combat helicopter operations in support of those heroes who carried a rucksack and a rifle in Vietnam.

Old Bold Pilots, Indian Wells, 3/22/18

"The best breakfast club in the valley" is their secret. Presentation on the infamous Battle of Hamburger Hill. This is Part 1, describing the aviation preparation and support and my personal involvement flying Cobra Gunships during the battle. Part 2 will be presented April 22 by then Infantry Lieutenant Dan Bresnahan and one of the few surviving Platoon Leaders describing the action on the ground. Indian Wells Club, Indian Wells, California. Attendees should arrive by 7am as its a very popular breakfast venue - usually a $25 cash charge for the breakfast. Check it out at http://www.oldboldpilots.com


Lincloln Hills Veterans Group, 5/17/18

"19 Minutes To Live - Helicopter Combat in Vietnam"

KDVO Gnoss Field Community Assoc, 8/11/18

0900 Breakfast meeting and book signing "19 Minutes To Live - Helicopter Combat in Vietnam"