Scout, A Little Helicopter Story by David "Mike" Watters
New Hanover County native Dave "Mike" Watters left home in 1967 to join the U.S. Army, serving two tours of duty in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot and receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross.
One day (according to his wife Susan), Watters was invited to talk about his experiences for a Veterans Day program at a local kindergarten. The eventual result was "Scout: A Little Helicopter Story," which Watters wrote, illustrated and self-published ($20).
The story, Watters said, is based on actual missions accomplished in November 1968, while serving in Vietnam.
"Scout" includes pictures that youngsters can color. While the story is a familiar one about being accepted by one's group, Watters hopes it will eventually help children understand courage and sacrifice.