by Rex Gooch
Edited by David Alan
Published: April 2015, Lighthorse Publishing Company
Ace Cozzalio routinely entered battle wielding a saber while donning a white Cavalry hat and yellow scarf. But this wasn’t the 1860s. It was the 1960s, in the jungles of Vietnam.
Ace is an award-winning biography of maverick Ace Cozzalio, a bold and courageous U.S. Army helicopter pilot flying with Lighthorse Air Cavalry during the Vietnam War. In his eighteen-month tour of duty, Ace was shot down by enemy gunfire six times and was awarded every medal of valor with the exception of the Medal of Honor, some multiple times.
Authored by fellow Lighthorse Air Cavalry helicopter pilot Rex Gooch, this book relives Ace’s heroic exploits while fighting the enemy in the Mekong Delta—emphasizing the extraordinary character of this dedicated soldier hero. In reading these spellbinding, never-before-told stories, the reader gets a glimpse into who Ace Cozzalio was and why his dynamic presence was oftentimes the pivotal element that turned the tide against the enemy.
A relentless warrior and a natural-born leader, Ace was always leading the charge, winning the battle, and bringing the troops home safely. Confident and charismatic, he endeared himself to his fellow cavalry troopers, and the tales of his courageous deeds soon became legendary among soldiers and veterans. Now, his story is shared with the world.
In 2016, Ace was awarded the Bronze Medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards, the world’s largest book awards contest, with over 5,000 entrants.