Can you find an E-Book of The Life of a Warrior ?


Can you find the an E-book of The Life of a Warrior?  YES!  The Life Of A Warrior has been digitally formatted and is now offered in the following e-book versions:

Kindle (Amazon)

Nook ( Barnes & Noble)

I Books ( I Tunes)

There is a nominal price of $1.99 to download the e-book, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Haven of Rest Ministries, a non-profit organization in Summit County OH that provides the homeless with food, clothing & shelter. US Wings is proud to assist those in need in our local area and are also pleased to know that The Life Of A Warrior’s positive message of triumph over adversity has helped & inspired countless people from around the world.

Sgt. Hack has received hundreds of comments from consumers all over the United States about The Life of a Warrior. The book was written as an inspiration to others to help people overcome  difficulties in their lives.

And another:
As a Vietnam Veteran, I believe SFC Hack’s book, “The Life of a Warrior”, is a must read for all Vietnam Veterans and anyone interested in getting some idea of what often happened to the dedicated warriors who answered the call to serve in the most controversial war our country ever faced, came home to an uncaring, often hostile, public, went into a long, downward spiral and then rose from the ashes to resume a place in society as a respected, hard working citizen. The book is easy to read and goes straight to the point as it moves quickly along. The story is honest without being gruesome. I found SFC Hack’s path upward very inspiring and I believe any Veteran of any war would also find inspiration within these chapters. It reminded me again that our cause was just and we have nothing to be ashamed of. Do yourself a favor and read this book.

Tom S.


I always find inspiration when I read about individuals who overcome adversity and become productive citizens. The Life of a Warrior is an excellent example of someone who did exactly that.

David Hack could be the “poster boy” for what can be accomplished in life when the cards seemed to be stacked against success.

I fully appreciate his service to our country and am pleased that the way he has lived his life is nothing short of outstanding.

Thank you, SFC Hack.



Where can you find a USA-made MA-1 Flight Jacket?

US Made USAF MA-1 Flight Jacket

Where can you find a USA-made MA-1 Flight Jacket?  At US Wings!   We’ve gotten many requests from customers for an American-made MA-1 and we’re now proud to offer a genuine USA-made MA-1 Flight Jacket from an actual US government contractor. MA-1 Jackets were first issued around 1949 to United States Air Force and Navy Pilots and flight crews.  As jets were replacing piston powered aircraft, the cockpits were smaller and cramped.  Quick unimpeded access to and exit from became critical for the safety of the pilots.  The Ma-1 Jackets were designed to fill this need.  As conceived by the United States Air Force, Ma-1 Jackets were designated to serve as an intermediate weight flight jacket for use all year.  Manufactured from very high quality nylon fabrics and polyester interlinings, the pilot could  be comfortable in warm weather and afforded ample protection against the cold encountered in flight.  Originally produced in midnight blue and sage green, green became the issued jacket. Later versions have Orange linings to serve as beacon flags in the event of crashes.

The Life of a Warrior is Now on Scribd!


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We’re pleased to announce, in conjunction with Amazon, Google and Hillcrest Media Group, that the e-book version of The Life Of A Warrior (based on the life of SFC David Hack, CEO of US Wings) is now available to read for free* (along with more than a million other books) at

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Inspirations from The Life of a Warrior

Sgt. Hack has received hundreds of comments from consumers all over the United States about The Life of a Warrior. The book was written as an inspiration to others to help people overcome  difficulties in their lives.
Yesterday, he received this comment:

  Believe in yourself. When I read The Life Of A Warrior I was left with an indelible feeling of self belief in myself as my mind meandered through the pepper corn and double gee (“thats a nasty little prickle”) pathway between imagining myself there on Friday the thirteenth 1968 in Vietnam, being attacked by the Viet Cong and surviving with more than just a hot terrible taste in my mouth. The first chapter of Sgt. Hacks book The Life Of A Warrior leaves no dought as to the gravity of the situation Sgt. Hack found himself in, the following chapters tell us why he was so able to survive it.
After being raised by a man who sounded as hard as the wood he’d been working with most of his days and who threw his kids around just like they were made of the same stuff, in a time where luxuries were more the stuff of dreams, if there was room enough in a kids mind living under such conditions as young David Hack grew up in for dreams of luxuries to enter, then it follows that a man who has been through such hardships and still has the willpower and foresight to see to it that he gets himself into a position whereby he is the one sent forth to stand and protect such an army General as General Keith Ware, would also be able to shoulder the responsibility of surviving the terrible injuries inflicted upon him by the unwielding Viet Cong.
After being brought up in a ‘dirt floored sheep shack’ in Sunfish, Kentucky sergeant Hack must have seen most everything that stood in his way thereafter as a moveable object. One gets that impression from the way he dealt with the bullies and crooked cops and sea sickness as he moved on out of rural Kentucky and into the United States Coast Guard. One also gets a strong feeling of human goodness from the intervention of Ivan Shively who was about “as cute as a toothless rat” but who came along and it sounds like “kicked” metaphorically a new sense of urgency of moral goodness into the young David Hack.
The Life Of A Warrior has all this and more in it as it touches on several points of interest in the life of sergeant David Hack, shedding light upon key points in the road that led him to grow up a staunch and trustworthy figure in himself to escape out of the precarious nature of his surroundings, touching base with the great Cassius Clay on the way, even encapsulating a time in history when the world was either too busy building following a war or too lax to take the time out to bury the war dead on Wake Island, something he took the time out himself to do in a true show of human dignity, compassion and patriotism.
The Life Of A Warrior has all this and more, not bad for 55 page book. Telling it is not reading it. Read The Life Of A Warrior and be amazed by its shining light.


Bradley McDermott



Additional Comments:


A great gift with my purchase.. I admire those who are self made. This book is is the story of one such man.
Sgt. Hack reminds me in some ways of my father. My father was orphaned, was not kept by relatives, and raised in an orphanage. There he met my mother, another orphan. They raised 5 children and put them all through college. No help from anyone.
The book also reminds me of what military service gives someone. Maturity and responsibility were two of my gifts.
It goes without saying what some in the military gave and continue to give for their country, and their fellow service members. It is a staggering gift.
A great book to pass on.
Reber Crib

Having given out over 100,000 copies for free, The Life of a Warrior is in its 10th printing.  Most recently Sgt. Hack announced  that The Life of a Warrior would be available through Kindle, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and  I books and that 100% of the proceeds would be given to the Haven of Rest, a shelter in Akron Ohio.

  I received a copy of the book “The Life of a Warrior” when my wife and I drove to Hudson, Ohio to purchase one of the jackets. At that time, I did not know who was the owner of U.S. Wings and simply set the book aside to be looked at on a future date.

While researching the site for a sizing chart, I discovered that the company was owned by Sgt Hack. I grew up in the area. Munroe Falls,Stow and Cuyahoga Falls and heard the name “Sgt. Hack used”. I also heard about Sgt. Hack from a family member that had contact with him, that was back in the late 1970’s.

I needed to relay the above background information to put into context the rest of my review.

I actually opened up the PDF version of the book and printed it off not remembering that I had received a bound copy of the book at the store. Just one of those well “duh” moments for me, but does let folks know that they can download the book to their computer and read and/or print it off on paper copy.

On to the review.

The book has filled in the missing pieces about Sgt Hack that I did not know. My impression of Sgt Hack has been greatly expanded AND CHANGED due to the book.

I too have overcome an injury, as I was hurt in High School and I know how difficult it is to work through these life changing events. My family has also shared some of the humble beginnings and I can completely relate how it molds one’s character, for good or bad.

My respect for the sacrifices that Sgt Hack did for our country, for his family and for himself grew as I read the book. We all need to know the back story behind the man. I greatly respect him (now that I know the backstory) for not allowing life’s experiences to push him to (Star War’s cliche NOT intended) the dark side of life.

I also (now that I know) greatly respect him for volunteering to put himself into the same “harm’s way” that he was recruiting young men into. That is the mark of a man of integrity, so much of which is lacking in today’s so-called leaders. (read the book to find out how…)

I suggest everyone read the book and understand how Sgt Hack’s life mirrors so many of our returning veterans. Wounded, physically and spiritually, but still maintaining the perseverance to continue to forge ahead. He can set a shining example for others on how to overcome their own issues !!!!

From a pure literary perspective, the book was short and to the point. The information was presented in a way that I read through the book completely (granted it is not very long, which is the only shortcoming). I feel Sgt Hack’s story could be expanded a bit without hurting the intention behind the book.

How cool is it, that the act of buying a jacket can loop a person (me, after all this time from first hearing the name Sgt Hack) back into the sphere of influence of another (Sgt Hack) so that I could have the opportunity to know the real story………

Best Regards to Sgt Hack,
Dave Cook
Norton, Ohio


Heartfelt thanks from a Vietnam Veteran to Sgt. Hack


Sgt. Hack,

Just discovered you site and have been drawn in by all the postings –this is just great–thank you. My unit was 319th Transportation out of Long Binh Sept 68-August 69.I spent most of the year on hwy 13-Thunder Road hauling your ammunition to Lai Khe, Quan Loi,Phu Loi, Di An, Phuoc Vinh as well as Hwy 1Cu Chi,Go Dau Ha, and Tay Ninh. To you and all those other posters on your site i want to thank you for protecting my 21 year old ass while i was under your protection. I especially want to thank the 11th Armored Cavalry and their 28 men including Lt. Hal Fritz for protecting our convoy outside AnLoc on Jan.11,1969.

You saved my life and that of my friend Buddy the first time that day and i was able to save Buddy the second time . Would also like to thank the medivac pilot who put his life on the line by landing on hwy 13 to pick up my friend Buddy and myself after i pulled him out from under the overturned 5-ton . I waved you off because we were both able to walk and could catch a truck coming through the ambush area and there were enough dead and wounded from the 11th Armored Cal. who needed your assistance.Also would like to thank the interrogation sgt.and his Kit Carson scout for thorough questioning of the NVA soldiers outside the Quan Loi nso club and k-9 compound on the night of Jan 11,1969 ambush.That was the next thing that brought me back to life after the ambush.Thanks for the memories and especially for the long awaited chance to thank so many that i never met.

Walter Zealy


A Great Review of The Life of a Warrior

Sgt. Hack received this great review of The Life of a Warrior yesterday, December 2nd, 2015:

America – gloried home of the essential underdog. The annals of the history of this land are laden with those who against the odds and conventional wisdom, made something out of nothing. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Sam Walton, Ray Kroc, and Ted Turner to name a few, were such men who with a keen sense of vision, managed to overcome the complacencies and the monotonies of life. Albert Einstein once stated that, “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from the most mediocre of minds”. Sergeant David Hack was by no means mediocre.
During the Tet Offensive, elements of the 1st Infantry Division often referred to as “The Big Red One” was attacked by soldiers of the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) on January 13, 1968. All of Sgt. Hack’s men were killed in the ambush. Laying bleeding on the ground, an NVA soldier plunges a bayonet through his throat and naval cavity rendering him unconscious for a day. It was at this moment that his life could have gone either way, life or death. For whatever reasons, Heaven saw it fit that Sgt Hack gain a second, or given his impoverished rural Kentucky upbringing, a third or even fourth chance at life. A day after the attack, a LRRP element found him barely alive and medically evacuated, thus the lone sole survivor of the ambush.
The attack left him with a metal plate in his skull and mouth and a knee injury that modern medicine at the time dictated amputation. Sgt. Hack fought the doctor’s advice and after a year after tumultuous physical therapy, he walked out of the Army Hospital, and became an Army recruiter. The Vietnam War had become a national embarrassment to a generation that did not possess the patriotic fervor and dedication as that of their parents that fought in the Korean War and World War II. The job of an Army recruiter was void of all glamor as the uniform of the US Armed Services was looked down upon. But in Sgt Hack’s typical, “Where there’s a will there’s a way” approach, he somehow made it work.
The Life Of A Warrior is a brief but powerful testimony to the triumphs over trials and tribulations of former Army Sergeant David Hack. Born in to poverty, his mettle was continuously tested. From a prior service Coast Guard sailor to a tried and true battle scarred but hard Army combat veteran, Sgt Hack refused to take no for an answer and accept defeat. This text, which should be required for all high school JROTC, college ROTC, and all military academies as well as collegiate business schools, tells of the challenges and exploits of a man committed to the American alpha male personified conscious that cries never say never. After parlaying an old WWII Willys Jeep into an American flag costumed recruiting vehicle akin to Evel Kneival, he would lose it to a high ranking officer, only to purchase and “patriotize” a Corvette, thus giving military service, a sort of sex appeal. As the book details, he was able to make patriotism en vogue. This lead to his epiphany of merchandise marketing.
As the book details, everywhere that he has gone, he has left an indelible impact on any and all who encountered him, such as Ohio crime bosses angered at his disruption of numerous criminal enterprises while serving as a Hudson, Ohio police investigator after his military retirement. From a failed bar owner, homeless beach dweller in Florida, street vendor, he managed to catch the eye of Jeb Bush. Only then did his newly wed wife discover his heroic exploits in Vietnam, owing to his modesty and concealment of PTSD.
Having a knack for unconventional and unorthodox approaches to business, and life altogether for that matter, Sgt Hack rests on the “stand by your man” unconditional love of his wife and borrows $500 from her. Despite challenges and staunch antagonism, such as the spiteful efforts of an enraged mother-in-law attempting to sabotage his VA loan, Sgt Hack would transform this defining moment and throw caution to the wind. Many would perhaps question, “but why the leather jacket industry?”.
The leather jacket has always held an iconic status in American pop culture, made infinitely popular by counter culture bikers, and aviation golden age era aviators. Evel Knieval made the customized jacket popular in the 1970’s with his numerous high flying motorcycle and dare devil antics. This would be followed in the 1980’s with the arrival of Harrison Ford’s “Indiana Jones” character, and Tom Cruise’s military patch clad Naval Aviator G-2 jacket. There was clearly a market for leather jackets. Owing to his business acumen, he sought to go into the leather jacket business in a hard shell to crack business. Intent on winning and winning at all costs, years later, US Wings is a leader in the military leather jacket and military memorabilia.
Life Of A Warrior, is a great read that tells of the triumphant will of the underdog to achieve despite, class, income, educational level, and the near loss of life. Furthermore, it tells of how one man chose to stick to his guns despite the obvious signs of negative situations and people surrounding him. So much can be gained by reading such a brief, but powerful testimony of how to be successful despite adversity. An easy reader, it further tells of how so much can be obtained with so little. The key ingredients are vision, faith, and persistence. Just as the enemy NVA soldier failed to pierce his spirit, failure was not an option for Sgt Hack. This book is the ultimate, “rise from the ashes” testimony and is sure to motivate any and all who read it. More than just a book on patriotism, it also answers to business development, marketing, self help, inspiration, and spirituality. Much can be gained by reading such a powerful and dynamic text about a man who refused to lose. There’s only one way to find out how Sgt Hack was able to blunt the efforts of the crime boss who placed a contract and bounty on his head. Simply read The Life Of A Warrior. Welcome Sgt Hack !!!

  — Ignacio Pullum


Thank you, Ignacio

— Sarge


Untold Stories: Saluting Our Vietnam Veterans

highway13Untold Stories: Saluting Our Vietnam Veterans

Tribune Broadcasting stations across the country will air Untold Stories: Saluting Our Vietnam Veterans, an hour-long documentary honoring the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women in our country’s most divisive war. More than 58,000 Americans lost their lives in that conflict, and those who returned home still bear the physical, emotional & psychological scars. Many of the millions of Americans who served during the Vietnam War never heard the words “Thank you for your service” — this documentary will help honor these veterans and help to give voice to their stories. For more information and for a full list of air times and dates, please visit Tribune Media’s Untold Stories: Saluting Our Vietnam Veterans page.

We encourage you to locate Vietnam veterans and their families in your area, invite them to watch this milestone commemorative event with you, and thank and honor them personally!  You (and they) will not want to miss this special presentation!

US Wings of Boston Heights Ohio has been selected to be a Commemorative Partner. for the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.  SFC David Hack, a Vietnam Veteran founded US Wings in 1986 and has often remarked that is because of the US Army that he was able to be successful in many endeavors after he retired.  “Education, training and dedication are the foundation of the many skills I learned as a member of the US Army” said SFC David Hack.50thpartner

US Wings is a Vietnam veteran-owned business and a proud partner of the 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemoration.

Read more here!

Why does Sgt. Hack like the M-51 Field Jacket?


Why does Sgt. Hack like the M-51 Field Jacket? Sgt. Hack was issued this type jacket upon his entrance into the United States Army.  Although first issued in 1951, the M-51 was supplied to our troops well into the Vietnam war.  This jacket superseded the M-43 which was used during World War II.  The M-51 has bi-swing pleats with a zipper and stud fastening.

Military Field Jackets were based upon a civilian jacket suggested by Maj. General James K. Parsons.  The Military Field Jackets were designed so that they could be worn with both winter and summer uniforms as well as fatigue uniforms.  The olive drab cotton field jacket known as the OD Jacket  was adopted in June 1940.  At the beginning of WWII this was the standard jacket for all Army personnel, except those that had specialist clothing or extreme climatic conditions.  This jacket proved to be an inadequate outer garment as its thin lining provided poor insulation during cold weather and little protection  from wet weather.  Additionally its light shade stood out making soldiers more visible.  Military Field Jackets continued to evolve and the OD Field Jacket was replaced by the M-1943.

The M-1943 was longer than the OD Field Jacket, with a darker OD 9 Cotton Satteen, detachable hood, drawstring waste, two large breast pockets, and loop fastening.  Issued up to the Korean War, is was further improved with the introduction of the M-51 in 1951.

In 1965, the M-65 was introduced and became the fourth version of Military Field Jackets.  It has a built in hood that rolled up & fits in a pouch on the back of the neck and has Velcro fasteners on the sleeve cuffs & collar. Introduced in olive green shade 107 it includes two large hip pockets & medium-sized breast pockets.  The M-65 was widely used during the Vietnam war.

With his choice of any jacket in his collection at US Wings, Sgt. Hack feels most comfortable and secure in his first choice, the M-51.

Sgt. Hack and the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration


Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration
at the Piston Powered Autorama in Cleveland OH. 

The I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama will celebrate the 50th Annual show in Cleveland OH at the I-X Center on March 18 – 20, 2016 and will team with the Medina VFW 5137, local Veteran Organizations and three Chapters of Rolling Thunder to create a program that will comport with the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act to conduct a program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. US Wings has donated 10,000 copies of The Life Of A Warrior* (an inspiring book based on the life of US Wings CEO SFC David Hack) to the event, which will be distributed free to attendees. US Wings is proud to be an Official Commemorative Partner of the Vietnam War 50th Commemoration.

The commemorative programs will include activities and ceremonies to achieve the following objectives:

  • To thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War, including personnel who were held as prisoners of war, or listed as missing in action, for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States and to thank and honor the families of these veterans.
  • To highlight the service of the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War and the contributions of Federal agencies and governmental and non-governmental organizations that served with, or in support of, the Armed Forces.
  • To pay tribute to the contributions made on the home front by the people of the United States during the Vietnam War.
  • To highlight the advances in technology, science, and medicine related to military research conducted during the Vietnam War.
  • To recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by the allies of the United States during the Vietnam War.

For more information and for ticket pricing, please call 216-265-7223 (RACE) or visit

*The Life Of A Warrior has received glowing reviews; check ’em out here!


Sgt. Hack and the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary Vietnam War

Sgt. Hack and US Wings are ardent supports of the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.  Appointed a Partner by the 50th Anniversary Commission, Sgt. Hack  has provided The Life of A Warrior, his book about his life and experiences in Vietnam free to Veterans Hospitals, VFW’s, American Legions, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapters and many others.
Vietnam had a profound experience on Sgt. Hack.  Wounded twice, the second time severely, Sgt Hack spent over a year at Ireland Army Hospital at Ft. Knox Kentucky.  He feels this time spent with his fellow wounded veterans helped him transition from combat back to the world.  The Life of a Warrior recounts his time spent in Vietnam in 1968 from his arrival in March until his medical evacuation in September.
The Life of a Warrior is in its 9th printing and has been given out to over 100,000 people around the world.
 After serving several months as a Career Counselor, he was selected to be the NCOIC of Protocol for Major General Keith Ware, acting as his bodyguard.

Ordered by a young Lieutenant September 13th, 1968 not to accompany General Ware and instead travel overland via convoy, Sgt. Hack was ambushed by the Viet Cong and severely wounded.   A rocket-propelled grenade destroyed General Ware’s helicopter while in flight saving Sarge’s life.  Sgt. Hack was the only survivor of the ambush of his company.

To this day, Sgt. Hack has been involved in helping veterans in a multitude of causes and events.
 Most recently, partnering with the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War to promote awareness of the 58,220 Heroes who gave all, and the millions of surviving solders who have never been recognized for their sacrifices.

Check out Sgt. Hack’s newest blog here!