Wednesday, September 23, 2015

What does Sgt. Hack have to do with the Navy?

You might ask yourself what does Sgt. Hack, USA (Ret), have to do with the Navy?  GREAT COATS!
U.S. Navy Jackets and coats are well known for their warmth.  The traditional coats have been the Pea Coat and the G-1The coat of choice of the U.S. Navy for centuries, the Pea Coat is the heavy topcoat worn in cold, miserable weather. The name isn’t derived from the “Pea Soup weather” but rather from the heavy coarse twilled blue cloth it was originally created from.  The cloth was sometimes called P cloth and the garment evolved from being called a P-Jacket to later a Pea Coat.  Pea Coats have broad lapels, double breasted fronts with large buttons of either wooden, metal, or plastic buttons and slash pockets.  The standard for original Pea coats was 30 ounces, most often made of heavy Melton cloth, but today coats are made from 22 to 32 ounces.  Known for it warmth in severe weather, the Pea Coat has been worn not only by the military, but has been a staple of students wardrobes at high school and college campuses around the world.
Traditional US Navy  issue Pea Coats are dark blue, but many colors are offered by retailers.  Known not only for their warmth but for their durability, US Navy Pea Coats have been passed down through generations. As time has evolved several new  U.S. Navy Jackets have been introduced.  The A-2  Deck Jacket and the Shipboard Jacket are new entries. Issued to Navy Personnel for inclement and foul weather conditions, the A-2 Deck jacket is water repellent and wind resistant.  The Shipboard Jacket is a U.S. Navy Jacket issued to Navy crewmen. 
 The current, genuine government issue USN Nomex Shipboard Jacket was designed after the attack on the USS Cole in 2000.  It was designed to be a flame resistant and versatile jacket that stayed on the ship and was thus named the Shipboard Jacket.  In June 2014 it became a standard issued jacket.  The Navy has issued this Nomex jacket as a fire resistant, cold weather, windproof alternative to the A-2 Deck jacket.

The G-1 Military Flight Jackets was originally called the M-422A and introduced by the U.S Navy in the 1930’s.  In 1943, this jacket as named by the Navy and the Army Air Forces as the ANJ-3.  It officially became the G-1 in 1947.  Arguably, the G-1 is best know as the leather flight jacket worn by Tom Cruise in the film TOP GUN. The Pea Coat known for its warmth in severe weather has been a staple of students wardrobes at high school and college campuses around world.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Sgt. Hack can Repair your Leather Jacket

Why Replace when Sgt. Hack can repair your favorite leather jacket?   US Wings offers worldwide Professional Leather Jacket Repair services.  Tune-up your old favorite with a new zipper, lining, cuff & waistband and more.  We repair all brands and types of leather jackets, including motorcycle jackets and not just our own.

Professional Leather Jacket Repair Service Options:

  • Cuff Replacement – $60: Colors: Dark Brown, Medium Brown, & Black
  • Waistband Replacement – $60: Colors: Dark Brown, Medium Brown, & Black
  • Zipper Replacement – $60: Colors: Dark Brown & Black; Style: A-2 & G-1
  • G-1 Collar Replacement – $90: Color: Dark Brown
  • Lining Replacement – $90: Standard Brown/Black Lining (Note: if your jacket does not have an existing lining, there will be an additional $50 charge for adding a jacket lining)
  • Escape Map Lining Replacement – $110: Colors: Egg Shell (as seen in Avirex jackets) and Gold
  • No Lining Charge – $50 (Charged if your jacket DOES NOT have a lining)
  • Patches – $10 per patch: Please take a photo/draw a diagram of where you would like them sewn.
  • Navy Flyer’s Creed – $69.95 (Note: Only adding this item to existing lining. If you need the lining replaced, also select Lining Replacement. Banner: approx. 17.75″ x 13″)
  • Shorten Sleeves – $70.00 (Final Sale – Please indicate, with white chalk, the desired length to be shortened.)
*Any special requests may result in additional cost. Please contact our Customer Service at (800)650-0659 for questions.
For more information click on LEATHER JACKET REPAIR.
Our turnaround time for repairs is 3-4 weeks, and 4-5 weeks for linings.

Monday, September 21, 2015

What are people saying about Sarge's Indy Jackets?

Hundred's of people are entering the Free Indy Jacket giveaway at US Wings.  Sgt Hack's US Wings contest has received overwhelming reviews about what Indiana Jones and his jacket mean to them. 
Here are some of them:

I recently purchased the US Wings Indy-Style jacket in Kangaroo hide. Bottom line up front: The quality of material and manufacture is outstanding, the customer service and shipping speed were exceptional. I look forward to many, many years (perhaps even multiple generations) of use out of my US Wings Kangaroo Indy-Style Jacket! Highly recommended!

On to the jacket- I can't say enough about the cut and fit of this jacket! I consulted with US Wings customer service (who were extremely helpful), and based on their advice, ordered a large (I'm typically a size 40-42 jacket, depending on manufacturer). When I put the jacket on for the first time, I was stuck by how well it fit! The sleeves, shoulders and chest fell just where I like them- the collar does a slight "off the shoulder" look as seen in some of the Indy films, which I love. The stitching is top notch, and overall quality of the Indy style jacket can't be beat. I have no doubt that this jacket in any of the available hides would be a winner!

The kangaroo skin itself is gorgeous. Mine arrived in a whiskey color that's just stunning! It's a very rich brown, with some depth to it. The leather is initially very stiff, but some handling seems to soften it up fairly quickly. I noticed that the leather will go stiff again in absence of handling. It's a lightweight but very "dense" leather, that I suspect will be very tough and durable. It will certainly age well and look even better as I get it broken in. In my opinion, the kangaroo leather is well worth the cost.

In conclusion I could not be happier with my purchase! US Wings has outdone themselves!

Matthew 9/20/15

 The Indy Jacket makes me want to experience the thrill of going on a long hike in the woods, climbing a mountain range, taking a car across the roads of South America, India, China to live life to the fullest....
Jim 9/20/15

I'm actually watching Raiders of the Lost Ark right now while I'm writing this. I'm again reminded why I, and I would guess most people, love Indy-style jackets: it's a reminder of lost times, of adventure, of history, and of excitement. What other item combines powerful nostalgia with religious imagery? What else mixes history with fiction, adventure with archaeology? Maybe a vintage Yankees cap? Or perhaps a pocket knife passed down from a grandfather? For my money, no other single item conjures up so many feelings as this jacket. It is, quite literally, like wearing a time machine. It is instant excitement and adventure. Whether you're walking through a mall in Nebraska, or sitting in a cafe in Paris, this jacket makes you feel like a legend.
Justin  9/18/15

Few things can bring back the feeling of being a child again. As a child and still as an adult we all crave adventure. Indiana Jones was a passport to adventure. My fond memories of watching the Indiana Jones films with my father are some of my favorites. My father shared these films with me and now I have the pleasure of sharing them with the youngsters in my life. As we age we forget the feeling of excitement, of being sweeped up into amazing storys. But when I share films like "The Temple of Doom" with my kids, I get that feeling back. All 4 indy films hold a special place in my heart. I am also a bit of a history buff. Ww2 as a primary interest. The Indy-style leather jacket is an amazing design. The A2 jacket influence is clear. Such a rugged, timeless style. I from time to time look over the Internet looking at replica jackets. day dreaming of jacket ownership. I personally never have owned a indy jacket. But from all the vendors US Wings seems to be the real deal. Supplying jackets for The Temple of Doom. Everyone else just makes a copy. I have dicided that when
I do decide to treat myself to jacket, US wings is the only way to go. I have heard nothing but amazing things. And I love supporting an American business when possible. Thank you for your time and consideration.


You too can win a free US Wings Indy jacket!  Go to Indy Jacket Reviews to enter.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Sgt. Hack's For All Occasions Indy Jackets

Sgt. Hack's FAO Leather Jackets, are leather jackets For All Occasions.  From hiking through  the mountains , catching dinner, or hailing a cab on Broadway, FAO Leather Jackets are brought to you by US Wings.  FAO Jackets have the supple, the rugged and the refined jacket for you.  Available in, Striated Lambskin, Lambskin, Vintage Cowhide,Vintage Texas SteerhideBison, Kangaroo and Butter-soft Premium Cowhide, we have FAO Leather Jackets for you.  Dress up or Dress Down, the FAO leather Jackets are truly Leather Jackets For All Occasions.
All FAO Leather Jackets have these features:
  • Two front cargo pockets with original-style pocket flaps
  • Side-entry hand warmer pockets
  • Pleated action back for freedom of movement with correctly-sized small side gaps
  • Small yoke on back panel
  • Original-length side adjustment straps with rectangular sliders
  • An interior pocket
  • Brown nylon lining
  • A brass zipper
This style jacket was originally created by Neil Cooper for the movie RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK.   Neil Cooper, now US Wings, originally conceived the first pattern for the INDIANA JONES movies by combining features of the Air Force A2 and the Navy G1.  Eliminating the cuffs and waist band from the A2 and then adding the Bi-Swing back, small side gaps & side adjustment straps with rectangular sliders, the Indiana Jones jacket was born.  There have been multiple jacket manufacturers who have contributed to the four INDIANA JONES movies but it has been verified that the pedigree originated with Neil Cooper and He in fact supplied 8 jackets for theTEMPLE OF DOOM.   From hiking through the mountains, catching dinner or hailing a cab on Broadway,  FAO Leather Jackets are truly jackets For All Occasions.
A recent satisfied customer stated: "

Ever since I first saw the Raiders of the Lost Arc it was love at first sight with that iconic jacket / light coat. The fact that the jacket is rugged enough to meet the most excruciating demands placed upon it is proven time and time again in the series of movies. Now that we know it's rugged lets get down to the tender side. The lack of gathering at the sleeves and waist, plus a bi swing back means to me that it is comfortable and easy to bundle up in the colder days with no compromise. The fact, once again proven by the movies and the ads by US Wings is that this is a jacket that can be dressed up. Beige pleated pants a denim shirt with tie, and the famous Fedora that US Wings features 2 different models. Then on the other hand you can slip this on so quickly with jeans, t shirt, and baseball cap. What more can you ask for in a jacket. It's one those jackets that becomes what I like to call my " go to jacket ".

PS.....Because of the bi swing back you can jump in your car or adventure vehicle without removing this wonderful look, talk about looking cool while driving?
Tony  9/17/2015

Thursday, September 17, 2015

What kind of Flight Jackets does Sgt. Hack's US Wings Have?

US Wings Flight jackets are known worldwide for their excellent quality and value.  US Wings Flight jackets are available in the finest leathers: Kangaroo, Bison, Horsehide, , Goatskin and Lambskin.
US Wings Flight jackets are manufactured in several styles, most well known as the A2 or the G1. The A2 Leather Flight Jacket, sometimes referred to as the A2 Bomber Jacket was adopted by the Army Air Corps as standard issue in 1931.  The A2 Leather Flight jacket was made famous by the U.S. Army Air Corp airmen of World War II.   The first A2’s were made of Horsehide, then Cowhide and then switched to Goatskin in 1943.  Fliers and crewmen adorned their jackets with squadron patches and often hand painted nose art replicating their aircraft. All  A2 Leather Flight jackets had several distinguishing characteristics: two  front snap patch pockets on either side without hand warmer compartments (hands in pockets were considered unfit for a military bearing), snap-down collar, shoulder straps, knit cuffs and waistband, a single piece of leather on the back to limit stress on the garment, and either lightweight silk or cotton inner lining. In 1943 the Army canceled any further leather jacket contracts in favor of newer cloth-shell jackets like the B-10 and B-15. The jackets continued to be popular with Aircrew members for the balance of the war continuing into the Korean War.  All contracts from 1988 to 1998 were awarded to Neil Cooper USA, now U.S. Wings of Ohio.  According to FLIGHT JACKETS – HELL BENT FOR LEATHER, authored by Derek Nelson and Dave Parsons, the Air Force opted for goatskin instead of the original horsehide because it is very strong but not stiff.  Cooper found that at 3.5 skins per jacket, there weren’t enough American goats available to make 53,000 jackets.  They had to import goat skins from Nigeria, Tasmania and Pakistan.  In 1996 Neil Cooper USA was awarded a contract from the Defense Supply Center, Philadelphia (DSCP), to redesign the A2 Leather Flight Jacket to be more functional and to improve the fit. Side entry pockets were added to the patch pockets and inside wallet pockets were added. The fit was enlarged by adding extra pieces under the arms and on the sides and eliminating the neck clasp.
The G1 Military Flight Jacket was originally called the M-422A and introduced by the U.S. Navy in the 1930’s.  In 1943, this jacket was named by the Navy and the Army Air Forces as the ANJ-3.  It officially became the G1 in 1947. The G1 as compared to the A2 leather flight jacket has a fur lined collar, Bi-Swing back & button down flap pockets on the front. Early jackets were constructed of Goatskin and had a real Mouton collar, subsequently some model issue jackets were constructed of cowhide and have synthetic collars. The G1 is issued to new U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine and U.S. Coast Guard flight crew personnel and remains a current-issue item in Naval Aviation for Officers and Enlisted aviation personnel on flying status.  In 2011, US Wings, developed a WINGS OF GOLD G1 leather military flight jacket to honor the 100 year anniversary of the beginning of Naval Aviation.

The Centennial of Naval Aviation WINGS OF GOLD G1 featured an embroidered Navy WINGS OF GOLD and the NAVAL FLYERS CREED honoring all Navy Flyers.  

CEO David Hack presented the first WINGS OF GOLD silk lining to Admiral Mike Mullen, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.   Arguably, the G1 is best known as the leather flight jacket worn by Tom Cruise in the film TOP GUN.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

What does Sgt. Hack and Indy Jackets have in common?

What does Sgt. Hack and Indy Jackets have in common? More than you might know.
Neil Cooper, a former partner of Sgt. Hack originally conceived the first pattern for the INDIANA JONES movies by combining features of the Air Force A2 and the Navy G1.  Eliminating the cuffs and waist band from the A2 and then adding the Bi-Swing back, small side gaps & side adjustment straps with rectangular sliders, the Indy jacket was born. There have been multiple jacket manufacturers who have contributed to the four INDIANA JONES movies but it has been verified that the pedigree originated with Neil Cooper and He in fact supplied 8 jackets for the TEMPLE OF DOOM.
Sgt. Hack, the CEO of US Wings, has passionately and continuously
developed the largest selection of Indy Style jackets in the world, available in  Texas Steerhide, Antique Lambskin, Cowhide, Bison, Kangaroo and Striated Lambskin leathers.
Now you can Win a Free U.S. Wings Indy Style Texas Steerhide  Jacket by sending us a email telling us why you like Indiana Jones and why You like the Indy-Style Jacket.   One jacket will be given away the 15th of every Month until Christmas. One jacket per customer. No purchase necessary.

Sgt Hack

Monday, September 14, 2015

What are Sgt. Hack's Bomber Jackets?

 What are Sgt. Hack's Bomber Jackets?  Sgt. Hack is the CEO of US Wings, the premier manufacture of leather Flight Jackets, Bomber Jackets and Indy Style Jackets in the United States.

Bomber Jackets are very often mislabeled.  True Bomber Jackets are the jackets worn by flight crews in the B-17 and B-24 Aircraft.  The B-3 Jacket is the true Bomber Jacket.   As the planes were not pressured and had open windows for gun ports, flight crews in the B-17 and B-24 aircraft were exposed to sub-zero temperatures. The crews wore B-3 jackets and pants with sheep wool  linings to try to compensate for the cold.
Army-Air Force pilots wore the A-2 flight jacket. The U.S. Navy pilots wore the G-1 jacket.  The A-2 and G-1 Flight jackets are made of leather.  The military issue is Goatskin.  Many other different types of leather are used in the commercial market such as cowhide, bison, horsehide, lamb and kangaroo.

For more information click on US Wings.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Why was Sgt. Hack on Wake Island?

Sgt. Hack prior to his service in the United States Army was a seaman in the United States Coast Guard.  He is shown above, holding the E Flag.  He was stationed on Wake Island for 16 months from 1958 to 1959.
Wake Island, prior to the invention of GPS, was a very important LORAN navigation station for ocean going ships. LORAN was the means that ocean going ships used to navigate and determine their position at sea. The United States Coast Guard maintained the LORAN station on Wake.
  Wake Island (also known as Wake Atoll) is an unorganizedunincorporated territory of the United States, located in the western Pacific Ocean in th, 2,416 km (1501 mi) east of Guam, 3,698 km (2,298 mi) west of Honolulu and 3,205 km (1,992 mi) southeast of Tokyo. Wake Island is one of the most isolated islands in the world and the nearest inhabited island is Utirik Atoll in the Marshall Islands, 952 km (592 mi) miles to the southeast. The island is a coral atoll administered by the United States Air Force, under agreement with the Department of the Interior. The center of activity on the atoll is at Wake Island Airfield  which is primarily used as a mid-Pacific refueling stop for military aircraft and as an emergency landing area. The 9,800-foot (3,000 m) runway is the longest strategic runway in the Pacific islands. Located south of the runway is a missile launch facility operated by the United States Army Space and Missile Defense Command and the Missile Defense Agency. There are about 94 people living on Wake Island and access to the island is restricted.
On December 8th 1941 the Japanese attacked Wake Island.  The isolated U.S. garrison was overwhelmed by a reinforced and greatly superior Japanese invasion force on December 23.[43] American casualties numbered 52 military personnel (Navy and Marine) and approximately 70 civilians killed. Japanese losses exceeded 700 dead, with some estimates ranging as high as 1,000. Wake's defenders sank two Japanese destroyers and one submarine, and shot down 24 Japanese aircraft. The relief fleet, en route, on hearing of the island's loss, turned back.
In the aftermath of the battle, most of the captured civilians and military personnel were sent to POW camps in Asia, though some of the civilian laborers were enslaved by the Japanese and tasked with improving the island's defenses. After a successful American air raid on October 5, 1943, the Japanese commander ordered the execution of all of the 98 captured Americans who remained on the island. They were taken to the northern end of the island, blindfolded, and machine-gunned. One prisoner escaped, carving the message "98 US PW 5-10-43" on a large coral rock near where the victims had been hastily buried in a mass grave. This unknown American was soon recaptured and beheaded.
In 1986, in the first printing of The Life of a Warrior, based upon the life of Sgt Hack, he describes his time on Wake Island:

After disembarking from his ship, the young Coast Guard sailor David Hack found himself on Wake Island among the skeletal remains of those who had died there.  The Japanese who had occupied the island for the length of the war had never buried the American dead, and America never used it again as a major outpost.  So, while on Wake Island, Hack took the time to put some of America’s bravest men into their final resting place…… Unknown to Hack at the time, this was a pivotal point in his life.  He began a relationship of love and respect for those who had fought and died for their country, his country.  This respect would permeate his life for the rest of his days.”

Wake Island is a Coral Atoll.  Although there is a layer of sand, it is very shallow and covers the Coral foundation on which it is formed.  Typhoons and huge waves played havoc in the fifties.  Shortly after his arrival on Wake in 1958, Sgt. Hack discovered many bones, uniforms, ammunition and other remnants from the war that had been uncovered by nature.   Digging through the shifting sand, Sgt. Hack sent letters, and remnants of uniforms to the University of Hawaii for preserving.  He buried scattered bones and made a memorial to those who had fought for our country.
Sgt Hack's military service record for his time spent on Wake can be  viewed at : Sgt Hack Wake Island.

Friday, September 4, 2015

How you can Honor High School Seniors going into the Military

Honoring High School Seniors is the purpose of the  “Our Community Salutes”  program  which identifies  high school graduates enlisting in the Armed Forces. US Wings has been a proud sponsor for the annual “Our Community Salutes” program.  467 graduating seniors who enlisted in the Armed Forces of the United States were honored at Cleveland State University.  Included were students from eight northeast Ohio counties, 131 public, private, charter, home and on-line schools. Family, friends, teachers and public officials recognized their commitment to serving our country.
Pictured above are : Lt. General Robert Wagner, US Army (Ret), Co-Chairman of “Our Community Salutes”; Colonel Terence Trenchard, Commanding Officer 4th Marine Corps District and the principal guest speaker; Mr. William Willoughby, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army and Co-Chairman of “Our Community Salutes”; SFC David Hack, US Army (Ret), CEO of US Wings and Platinum Sponsor of “Our Community Salutes”.

This ceremony recognizes those students who have committed to entering the Armed Forces and are recognized by Military leaders, Community leaders, Business leaders and their families. Founded in 2009 in New Jersey by Dr. Kenneth Hartman, “Our Community Salutes” programs have been established in over 40 cities across America. Saluting High School Seniors who are enlisting in our Armed Forces helps recognize the contribution they will be making to our society.
Honoring those High School Seniors who have chosen to volunteer to serve our country is the first step in recognizing their desire to protecting our freedoms. You can get involved by participating in this wonderful program.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

What are People saying about The Life of a Warrior?

 Reviews of this book which is based upon the life of SFC David D. Hack are coming in from around the world.  Over 100,000 copies of this book, now in its 9th printing have been given free.  This book is Sgt. Hack's attempt to give back to his fellow veterans and help those who still have adversities in their lives.  Read some of most recent reviews:

Scott Walker 001

The book is a great look on one man’s life as a soldier in Vietnam. Good times and hard times. As he saw his friends fight and die, along with his self being all shot up.
The one time Sgt Hack was hit was on Rocket Day April 10th 1968. I saw the rocket that hit Hack. Since then our lives have come around 360 degrees, as we finally got to meet 45 years later.
A great meeting. So this is why I enjoyed the book, I knew what he went through and never gave up. A true friend, and survivor he was. I would fight anywhere, anytime with my friend, Sgt David Hack.
War is so hard to forget
And so easy to remember
Tom Mercer
 This is a story of hope, grit and determination. The author's American journey follows the track of countless other Americans who started out dirt poor and made a good life for themselves and their families because they never quit. That is what this book is all about.

The secret of America is HOPE. Why do foreigners risk their lives to come to America? Because they can breath free. Because they may work 12 hours a day with a push cart or hotdog stand in the streets, but their families will eat regularly and their kids will get to go to Public School and read Thomas Jefferson and Whitman and Louisa May Alcott and Hemmingway. By the third generation there will be a Steinway Grand in the family living room and a daughter, who has a scholarship to Juliard, will be playing Mozart to her family, including a gnarled grandfather and his wife who worked 12 hours a day, a mother and father who run a corner grocery, a kid brother who is enrolled in Harvard Medical School and another brother who is attending Marine Corps Command and General Staff College. DO note that NO immigrants strive to get into Iran or the middle eastern countries. Why not? Read Sergeant Hack's life story.

Every day, millions of us look back on our families lives and say, "Only in America." Is Sergeant Hack's American Journey as set out in his book, any different than the journey of millions of others. Nope. That very fact is what makes his story great. Well done, by God.

Now, if he could only line his great leather A2 jackets with Nomex (NASCAR drivers and American flight crews wear it for fire protection) instead of Nylon (which melts into your skin in a fire), he could add a great chapter in his life story about how his Nomex lined jackets saved the lives of airmen and other Americans who were involved in firey accidents.

Something tells me that Sergeant Hack will, as the saying goes," Get'er done."

And thousands of other Americans will get to continue their American Journey, because one guy named Hack made just one more hard decision on his Journey. And that has made all of the difference.

James Shortill 

This is a very compelling and inciteful story of one man's journey through life and in experiencing it's ups and downs and learning how to cope with them. No doubt had Sgt. David Hack's difficult upbringing change him into becoming the man that he is today and how he had handled what was dealt him and is a perfect example of how one could overcome the trails and tribulations of life and persevere. Sgt. Hack's life story is an inspiration to people like myself as I am dealing with some seious issues and going through a rough time but makes me humble and grateful since things could be a lot worse. I know his story will make a GREAT film and look forward to seeing it.

Joseph McCartney

I have read “The Life of a Warrior” and completely enjoyed it. I found it fascinating how much David Hack has lived. It is equally fascinating how he is always looking up throughout the highs and lows of life. It is a very good read.
Kelly P.
 I wasn’t alive during Vietnam. However I have a huge appreciation for the history of our country and the men and women who lived through it. They are the only ones who can help us imagine what life was like during a different time. As our veterans are getting older our history dies along with their story. What an honor to hear the story of sgt Hack. It gives me an appreciation for what his life was like.
Elizabeth C. 
Heart wrenching, but leaves you with a sense of complete humility.
Connie T.
 i really enjoyed reading the story of SFC David Hack,i think the book really helped my imagination,i didnt think the vietnam war was so hard.i hope the movie that comes out will try to emphisize this.i would be deligted to meet the ceo of us wings.and i im hoping to let my kids read this to.
Benjamin K. 
before i read THE LIFE OF A WARRIOR i first liked the idea that he wrote it in memory of his fellow comrade.throghout the book their were moments to cry and to laugh,what i really liked about this book,is that i really felt like i was a part of the felt so real to me,and i hope they make the movie me,the whole vietnam war was quite a scar in my soul.i really enjoyed reading the book,and i hope others to will enjoy.cant wait for the movie.
Charles K.
 Great Book and very easy to read. It illustrates what has made our country great! Individuals unafraid of serving their country, unafraid of defeat and the desire to make something better!
Stephen R.
 The book was excellent !!!
I served in the US Army during the Vietnam era myself from 1970 – 1972.
God Bless you Sgt Hack for your service to our country !
Gregory P.
 Great to know that there are soldiers of my generation like Sarge.
Enjoyed reading his book. A man of grit is all I can say.
I was in the Army in 68-70 but was sent to South Korea during the dust up from the Chinese.
I hold all veterans in high honor especially 11-B. Nam vets have a special place in my heart.
Military service is one of the top honors of my life serving my country.
Thanks for writing some of your personal life events, I enjoyed it front to back.
Thanks for your unselfish dedication to serve and protect our freedoms.
Welcome Home Soldier, welcome home.
Sgt E-5 Gene Paul Galka
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United States Army
 The Life of a Warrior” is a testament to the determination, fortitude and backbone of a true patriot. It shows what can be accomplished in this great country. Sgt Hack is truly an example of someone who continually was knocked down and pulled himself up in the face of many diverse hurdles. As a veteran who also served as a Combat Infantryman with the 1st Infantry Division, 28th infantry regiment in Lai Khe 1968, the retelling of his combat experience is a personal accomplishment and brought back my own memories of that year in hell. A job well done and a life well lived Sgt Hack, I salute you.
Joe K.
 Needs to be read by many people. Very good book.
Jason W. 
a true hero book
Bob V. 
An inspiring account of the life of just one military man that should be read by every American.
April L. 
One of the greatest books of its type ever written!
Gregory Hill 
Provocative, I’d be interested in seeing the film based on the book!
Paul K. 
An awe inspiring book about a grass roots person, who honored his older brother and in the tradition of all Military Veterans put his personal needs aside for the betterment of his fellow Americans.
He has earned & brings honor to the title of Nobility in its’ truest sense, by his grand example not just through inheritance.
It is a must read for all elementary & High School students!
Sgt. Hack as so many of his comrades has set the moral pace for both young and old.
Any person that has had many personal struggles in their life should read this book. We need more people in the world like Sgt. Hack.
Well written; brief, but to the point. This book can be read in about an hour. In the time it takes to commute on train to & from work. It teaches a life lesson which shall prove invaluable.
Thomas P.

I terrific story of one persons triumph over adversity. A story that has been repeated time after time throughout the history of this great nation and one that will no doubt inspire many more. It reminds me of a recent quote by another great American, “do your best and let God do the rest.”
Semper Fidelis
Walt D.
 The life of a warrior is not easy.but in america we can make it happen.
Vinny M.
 The book was a great read and the photo collection really connect the dots of the experience to really help the reader “be there”
David D.
Some times those times seem like they happened on another planet. I served USN 6-67/6-71. I never saw any combat, never left CONUS, never served aboard ship but had honor to serve men from all branches of the US Military. I interviewed thousands of men in transit and in processing through the various military systems and structures, including legal and mental. Reading Sargent Hack’s story brought back a flood of memories.
Many of a man’s interactions with fellow service men are brief and perfunctory. My first job was to work in “Receiving” Norfolk Naval Base. For most of the enlisted personnel assigned to this office the duty was temporary. We ran 24/7/365 and the daily through put of men assisted and processed were so many that at times the lines were backed up out the door and around the building, a never ending stream of faces and needs. Most assigned this work quickly burned out. For me this became the most fascinating job I could ever had. As each man stepped up to my window I had a few seconds to look him over, listen to needs, questions and take care of him in a way that best suited his circumstances within the system’s capability.
A service man’s uniform tells a lot of things about him, his rank, his speciality, where he has served, his campaign ribbons, but there is still much that is written in the face and in the eyes. Once you have looked into the eyes of a combat veteran you quickly understand that combat changed him and left an indelible mark. I learned to recognize these men. Most often their needs were ordinary. As a rule it required opening and reading the man’s military record. I learned to swiftly scan the recorded information, double checking my evaluation. Thus within in 60 seconds I had already learned more about him than he would ever guess. I always strived to give each man the best service. For the combat veteran the extra mile for his needs became my honor and my duty.
It has been almost half a century now but I recently learned some things from a 1st cousin of mine who served in the Navy in the same time frame as I. He went on to become a police officer who went into the army to become a helicopter pilot, got out and served the US Border Patrol until he retired. His parents divorced and his mother returned to Kentucky where he was raised in poverty similar to that as Sgt. Hack’s as a young boy. At the age of 13 already starting down the wrong road his maternal grand mother contacted his paternal grand mother who contacted his father. His father traveled back to Kentucky, and returned to the west with his son. My cousin went into the Navy right out of high school. Having myself been divorced under less than ideal circumstances I had an understanding of how things can work so that a father can be forced to be cut out of the lives of his children. I had a special affection for this uncle, a WWII veteran who returned from Europe to quickly marry and quickly divorce. However, my cousin confessed to me that he still carried anger, bitterness, and resentment towards his now departed father.
Reading Sgt. Hacks biography touched a lot of tender places for me. Having looked deeply into the eyes of combat veterans of ground war, of air war, and sea war I have an unending appreciation of the sacrifice of so many so that the many more could live in peace.
My father, four uncles and a grand father all veterans, three combat veterans, and in recent ancestry research found a family tree filled with veterans, and a few villains. In 1917 my paternal grand father’s younger brother took his place in the draft and died in combat in France at 11:00 AM, November 11, 1918. I’m confident Sgt. Hack would find the same truths in his family’s history.
Richard F.
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