Four Flags: The Odyssey of a Professional Soldier. Part 2

Rhodesian Security Forces 1979-80, South African Defense Force 1981-83

Dave Barr

Date Published :
April 2017
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Illustration :
32 b/w photos
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ISBN : 9781911512493
Pages : 366
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
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Dave Barr knew from 12 years old he wanted to be a Marine. Following a series of menial jobs - including working at a shoe shiner in a barber's shop and in service stations - at 17 he joined the Marines before shipping out to Vietnam. This was his dream come true - flying as a helicopter gunner - and he ended the war with an impressive 57 Air Medals, one Air Medal for every 20 combat missions. After leaving the Marines, like many veterans, Dave found it hard to hold down a good job and stay out of trouble. It was then that he read about Israel. Always looking for a rush, Dave learnt to skydive before deciding to take his chances - emigrating illegally to Israel. He was inducted into the Israeli Army and then the Paratroopers, where the training was difficult - involving long tough marches, as well as learning Hebrew. After serving his time, he left Israel - and back in the USA, Dave was stuck in a rut and ready for his next adventure. This is the second volume of Dave's memoirs. Just as rich and colourful an account as the first instalment, the book portrays a professional soldier's view of the ‘sharp end' of war. Following on from his time in the Israeli Army paratroopers, Dave travelled to Rhodesia and fought alongside the Rhodesian Light Infantry. His next assignment was with the South African Defence Force in operations in South West Africa and Angola. Then came the fateful day and near fatal injuries as a result of a land mine explosion. Almost a year later following 20 operations and Dave was finally allowed back onto active duty and doing what he did best, being a soldier.

About The Author

Dave Barr (born April 12, 1952) is an American veteran of the Vietnam War and a motorcyclist best known for being the first double amputee to circumnavigate the globe. He lives in Bodfish, California where he is hired to as a motivational speaker traveling in the Us and abroad. He is also the author of three books and was inducted into the American Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2000. Plus the Strugis Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2013. Barr joined the US Marine Corps when he was 17 and served in Vietnam on a helicopter gunship. After his discharge from the Marines in 1972 he lived in various locations around the world and served in the armed forces of several countries, including: two years with the Israeli Parachute Regiment and one year Rhodesian Light Infantry. He was in the middle of two years of service with the South African Defence Force when he was injured in a land-mine explosion in Angola in 1981. In 1981 while riding in a military vehicle in southern Angola, his vehicle drove over a land mine and the resulting explosion cost him both of his legs, above the knee on the right and below the knee on the left. Prosthetic legs allowed him to complete his tour of duty. In 1990 Barr being the first person to ride a Harley-Davidson 83,000 miles around the world. He went on to do a Guinness Book record ride including a 13,000 mile Atlantic to Pacific segment across Northern Europe, Russia,and Siberia in the dead of winter.From Dec 8, 1996 to Apr- 1997. Barr also set a second world record for riding what he called The Southern Cross. In just 45 days form October to Nov 2002, he completed the first motorcycle journey ever between the four extreme geographical corners of the Australian continent"


"Barr's story is simply inspirational and awe-inspiring. Not only did he carry on in the Marines with prosthetic limbs, he also made a name for himself after completing his military service by tackling and mastering motorcycling in a way that defies belief. Respect.

- Books Monthly

" rich and colourful an account as the first installment.”


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