Racing Back to Vietnam

Racing Back to Vietnam
A Journey in War and Peace
Written by John Pendergrass

Category: Biography & Autobiography - Military; History - Military - Vietnam War; Biography & Autobiography - Personal Memoirs
Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
On Sale Date: October 24, 2017
ISBN: 9781578266999

In 1971, United Air Force flight surgeon John Pendergrass spent much of his time in the backseat of an F-4 Phantom, racing across the skies of Vietnam.
Forty-five years later, he boards an altogether different type of aircraft and heads back to Vietnam for an altogether different kind of race—an IRONMAN® triathlon.
A veteran of IRONMAN triathlons on six continents, Racing Back to Vietnam follows John’s year in combat and his return to Vietnam, revisiting a country that, for him, is bound up in history, memory and emotion. A memoir of war as seen from the skies and a reflection on life’s high adventure, John tries to reconcile the Vietnam he saw from the backseat of a fighter jet with today’s modern Vietnam.
Thought-provoking, heartfelt and gripping, Racing Back to Vietnam is one man’s trip back through time on a journey of rediscovery.

About the Author

Dr. John Pendergrass is an eye surgeon, decorated Vietnam veteran, and six-time IRONMAN® triathlon competitor. A native Mississippian, he graduated from Delta State College and earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Mississippi. Pendergrass is the first person over 60 to ever compete in six IRONMAN triathlons on six continents, which served as the inspiration for his first book, Against the Odds. Pendergrass is married with three children and has practiced ophthalmology in Hattiesburg, MS for over 40 years.


"This book is a look at life in a fighter squadron in Vietnam from someone focused on saving lives. The flight surgeon is an integral part of a fighter squadron, especially in combat. It's an easy read that brought back some good memories... and some not-so-good." —Chuck DeBellevue, America's top fighter ace during the Vietnam War

"A superb, first-hand account of combat flying. Highly readable, this is an informative and honest look at one man's personal experiences during the Vietnam War." —Dan Hampton, New York Times bestselling author of The Flight, Viper Pilot, and The Hunter Killers

"This well-written memoir grabs your attention as the author describes his service in Vietnam as a physician and as an F-4 Phantom backseater. His accounts of today's Vietnam, its history and people, ring true and insightful. Honest memoirs of that miserable war are few. This is one of the best. I know; I was there." —Ed Cobleigh, author of War for the Hell of It and The Pilot