FOREWARD REVIEW–The Life of A Warrior







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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



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The book stands for not only a man. But a person that went from a normal live to having almost been mark for dead. With all this going on he went from the pits of hell to coming home like the rest of our troops have to go threw and loses everything. Pick himself up and still love want he did and I know would do it again. I have not only share my copy but. Handed to another Army vet that was there and he also said. Yes it was hell but he has no regrets he is a Veteran and always will love our country. Sgt. Hack me and my other fellow Americans. Chould never give you back your life before the war. But because of you I can sit here and say God bless our VETS.. And many you have happy Dreams. You understand what I am saying. God bless you.

Sebastian C


I just wanted to let you know I received my order of the US Navy Vietnam Veteran hat and I really like it. I was surprised to get Davis Hack’s book that was enclosed. I just finished reading it yesterday and was really impressed with this guy. You and the millions of others who put their lives on the line for this country are the back bone of this great country. The book is a short read but I couldn’t put ut down once I opened it up.  Thanks for ther great hat and the great book.
Ken W.
US Navy Viet Nam Vet


Sgt. Hack’s extraordinary life of courage is truly an inspiration. In his powerful book, “The Life of a Warrior”, Sgt. Hack proves again and again that he was stronger than perhaps even he realized.

If the A-2 jacket is just half as durable as Sgt. Hack and his Hackmobile, then my kid’s kids will be wearing it.

Eric C.


Wow! I find it hard to make any meaningful comment about Sarge. I always wondered what I would do if I faced a situation like Sarge was in. I spent the best part of 8 years in the Navy and feel ashamed to say I serve my country when compared to Sarge. While there may be some who can say that their story is close to the same as Sarge’s, most of us just led a mundane existence in comparison. Some one said that ‘most people go through life without ever having lived it” but people like Sarge have lived it to the fullest and have become and inspiration and a model to look up to.
Thank you Sarge for your service and sacrifice and from a Brother-in Arms, Welcome Home.

Alexander W.



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.



With out doubt a good book

Thank you SGT. Hack

Edward B.


Hi David.

Greetings for 2016 to you and family.

Just a short note to say that I have downloaded the Book on Kindle  then I had to read it all in one sitting.

Just a wonderful story about courage and tenacity.\ in the extreme.

Look forward to hearing more about US Wings and how you are doing.

Kind Regards to all



Thanks Sarge.

Thoroughly enjoyed the pack-in book. Have left it on the office kitchen table at work and others have enjoyed too. Thank you for including it.



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.

H.J. Stephens


A truly great and dedicated man. I was located at Lai Khe in 66-67 with 173rd. Aslt. Hel. Co, Robinhoods. We supported the Big Red One. Thank you for your service.

Sam F


I was expecting a military subject all the way through the book, but I was mistaken. It was a story of a warrior in all aspect of life. He has had a great struggle and has made better because of the hardships he has endured.

Larry D.



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 G.



Dear SFC D. Hack,


Yesterday I received my item in my house with order number 28657 – 2016/01/10. I loved AO pilot sunglass. Moreover, I find something more interesting than my sun glass that is a copy of your book, “The Life of a Warrior Welcome Home!”

A real hero SFC David Hack who never gave up on any hurdle he encountered and stood for the country’s rights and freedom. A story which motivates every single person in this world. Reading books like yours and many others like “Lone Survivor” by Officer Marcus Luttrell guides us humans to be on good path, this is the reason why I became a great fan of USA’s soldiers because they not only serve their country but fight for right & justice for all world which very few understand, leaving their own families behind who are born and brought up in such a nice beautiful country giving their best in such areas where no human would dare to go. My prayers will always be with every US-soldier past, present and future.

I really thank you from the bottom of my heart SFC Hack for your selfless devotion towards the nation.

I am Aeronautical Engineer undergoing professional pilot program in Toronto at Toronto Airways Limited welcomes SFC Hack anytime for adventures in personal flight over the city of Toronto, Canada.


Engineer Dinesh K



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 C.



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 C


The Life of a Warrior is a great story about Sgt. Hack, and how he would always get up and march forward in the face of adversity.

Bradley Q.


Inspired by a life completely turned around. A true inspiration to anyone who would read your story. I have truly enjoyed the five jackets I own.

Donald G.


Good book…you are a lot like my brother.Bill he did 3 tours in Vietnam…has been a big truck driver and a corrections officer. My dad served in WW2, my uncle and gramps served in Canada and the USA. I have one of your bomber jackets.It makes me remember my dad,warmly.We were inseparable. You Vietnam guys just can’t seem to catch an easy break. My brother Bill has NHL cancer. He seems to find trouble unfairly…as do you. I have read, Unbroken,,War and the Soul,and a great book, A Bright Shinning Lie. I can’t say I know what you have gone through but I can say I get it.Thank You for your service and I hope to see your store this summer. The watch band fits Bills watch perfectly.

Patricia M.



I did not serve with SFC Hack in Vietnam. I did serve with him in the Cleveland, OH Recruiting Main Station when I was a Unit of Choice Recruiter for the 101st Airborne Division. He was, without question, the most dynamic, personable, motivated Army Recruiter I have ever had the pleasure of serving with. He singlehandedly was responsible for the entry onto active duty to the 101st Abn Div more recruits than the rest of the RMS combined. We worked together to set up parachute demonstrations, Helicopter Rappelling demonstrations and for the lack of a better term – meet and greets with all of the high schools in the area. He taught me more about how to motivate people than all the other schools, classes, people in my life.

I purchased my first jacket – an A-2 in 1994. I was pleased to find the owner of the company, US Wings was none other than my old friend SFC David Hack. I knew he had retired from the Army and was a Chief of Police in the town they lived in, I had no idea that he and Lannie had started one of the very first internet sales companies on the planet.

I consider David one of my oldest friends. We can go several years with no contact and start again without missing a beat. Good book, that accurately portrays what we went through in the RVN.

Thank you David for finally writing the book!!

Michael V.


The life of a warrior was a good read. Being born in 1970 I grew up hearing stories of Vietnam. It is an important part of our history that I believe is largely misunderstood.

Che H.


Definitely a take charge kind of guy. Does what is needed to get the job done.

Lloyd P.


Well, I had the opportunity to meet Sergeant Hack when I ordered my Indiana Jones jacket to US Wings. As a part of the package, I received “The Life of a Warrior.” Prior to receiving and reading the book, I had called the main office to speak about my jacket and different opinions. Sergeant Hack answered the phone and we immediately connected. We were both from small Kentucky communities and had several people in common that we knew. He began to tell me stories about his time in Owen bore KY, where I attended collage, and Somerset, my hometown. After I placed my order we hung up and I felt as if I had a new fruend! Several days later I recieved my jacket and called Sergeant Hack to let him know. We talked more about different things and he began to tell me more stories about his time in the war. My father served in the Air Force during the Vietnam conflict. When I told him that, connected even more. After our conversation, I began to read his book. I was amazed that a man could service and overcome things that you only see in the movies. I realized I had gotten to know a real life Hero! Not only did he overcome death on the battlefield, he overcame personal battles in his personal life. In the end he became a successful husband, father, and business man! His accounts of tragedy and personal loss overwhelmed me! Even more, I was moved and inspired by how he beat it! I am dealing with personal loss as I’m writing this review. I am motivated to overcome and continue successfully moving forward by reading what Sergeant Hack went through! I found in this book to be a blueprint for helping me through!

Scott D.


This was an excellent book. It told the story of a guy who against all odds made a way for himself in and out of the armed services. Many guys would have given up (like his dad did) but he did not. I was a kid during the Vietnam Nam war and stories like this help me to learn and understand what our soldiers and our country went through. I would recommend this book to anyone that needs to understand: even though things seem impossible…keep trying and believing in yourself and the ones you love. Never Give Up!! Good book. Thanks

Michaella E.



I’ve been fascinated with the Vietnam War ever since I did an hour-long group presentation on it in class. While the military tactics, the political propaganda, and the cultural changes it caused are all interesting to study, the most impactful aspect of the war, to me, is the effect it had on those who fought and lived through it. I’ve studied many books about the Vietnam War and the ones I remember most are the ones that used the actual “voices” of those who fought to tell their story. Unlike the history book version, these give a genuine and realistic account of the feelings and experiences of those who fought there. ‘The Life of A Warrior” is definitely a book of this caliber.

Through it’s simple and direct style, David Hack effectively shows how the war and the military has affected his life. From his early tales of tire-stealing crime and domestic abuse, to his brutal battle that cost him limbs, and finally to the creation of his successful business through sheer perseverance and intelligence, he leads the reader through a story that, though simply written, is as endearing as any other great hero’s tale. He falls and falls but picks himself right up every single time and, even, comes up stronger than before. His faith and commitment to not allow anything put him down is truly motivational to all who can’t seem to find a way up after they fall.

Like Hack, I also live by a creed of perseverance and hard work. This book has reminded me why I work so hard and why I persevere. As Hack said, “Every good thing I found in life came out of the hard times.” Hack has reminded me that no matter how difficult life is, it is these difficulties that lead to the good. I am grateful that I have stumbled upon this great story and appreciative of Sergeant Hack for having the courage to tell it. I recommend this story to anyone who has faced adversity. That is just about everyone so, yes, I am recommending this story to everyone.

Alonso O.



This is a powerful memoir of an unsung hero – he didn’t receive his medals for his Vietnam service for forty years – who overcame abuse, poverty and devastating, catastrophic injuries to thrive in everything he tried. He was the most successful recruiter in the history of the Army. He was a Chief of Police. He becamee a successful business owner.
More important, it is a tale of tenacity and resurrection after numerous knock-downs. It is the story of overcoming what is now known to be Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD – that didn’t have a name until recently. And it is the story of overcoming obstacles to create a business that serves as an homage to military men and women of all services.
From one Vietnam vet to another: Sgt. Hack, welcome home, brother.

George N.


The Vietnam war was raging when I was in high school and I am sure Seargent Hack was involved in most aspects of trying to save both his and others’ lives. The description of the Vietcong bayonetting our wounded soldiers sickened me and made me mad at the same time. Hack was a red blooded American and he gave his all to the fight ,but was forced to accept the inevitable fact; we must face our mortality when the time comes. He was no coward, no quitter, and I found it distasteful that he was denied his respectful place of having the Ranger designation on his uniform. Some knee jerk, desk jockey would rather have a fighting man like Hack do their busy work while they bandied about as a real “Ranger.” Hack lived through adversity, had to face hard decisions, and grew to be a real weapon for the US Army recruiting guys. His spirit could not be stopped and in spite of a few bad decisions early in life, he overcame big obstacles, guilt feelings for his brother’s sacrifice, and continued to move forward. The company he and his wife built is a testimony to real perseverance and another indication that the real American dream is still alive and kicking! I salute Seargent Hack, and thanks for the book!

Jim J.



Sgt. Hack and I have a great deal in common. We’re both from Kentucky. We both had domineering, impossible to please fathers. We both have had our life saved by a dog and we both had an older brother we worshipped! I enjoyed Sgt. Hack’s book. Wish it had been longer but – another similarity to me – he writes straight to the point and doesn’t mince words. I thought his experience with Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali was enlightening and his survival when nobody else did on that hill in Nam was harrowing. Altogether, an entertaining and thought provoking read!

Jerry W.


Great book, the best I can say is “for those who fight for it, life holds a special flavor, one that the protected will never know”.

Steven C.


It’s been about 45 years since I rotated from Viet Nam, US Navy. My sense of patriotism was shattered by the public responds, there is a new renewal in recent years and OUR sense on pride has resurfaced. Today WE wear our banners once again, with a new public opinion, God Bless America for not forgetting those men and women!

Ams1 Kenneth L R. Sr ( retired )


I do appreciate the detailed descriptions of the violence, gore, and horror told in a factual manner that has its definite place in a factual account of the reality of war and the real, everyday, gruesome results of war on US servicemen even today.

Chapter II: The Warrior also teaches a story applicable today demonstrating that you must stand up for yourself when lawless or bad people refuse any peaceful solution, and, be it for greed or a feeling of self-superiority, attack you to violently take away that which you have. This necessitates the violence of self-defense, whether or not you want to fight, when you’re pressed with no other choice by those that wish to do you, your family, or friends harm.

While the story of Llyod’s sacrifice has its place in a fully complete biography and account, by itself, it’s not the most motivational or inspiration story other than perhaps the aspect of seeing the love of others, and moving away and learning from your mistakes. To confess to crimes not committed lets the true criminals not only go unpunished, satisfied there was no reprimand or resistance to their crimes, but that they could continue on to bring mal-justice and potentially-life-changing trauma on others who might get the sensation their families are no longer safe in their own homes. It is inspirational to see how Sgt. Hack recognized the love of his brother and learned from his example, but it does also leave negative examples, as well–where are the consequences of ones’ own actions? Sgt. Hack realized this, a credit to his character and the potential worth of his example, but others might learn the wrong lesson instead of the right one: instead of a brother’s love and anguish of learning from that mistake (the intended message), the lack of consequences of ones’ misdeeds and the free reign of other vandals’ maliciousness to spread fear (the unintended message).

The nightclub story is a good, personable example of what can happen full circle with such as that: The ownership of a nightclub proved an ironically bad investment, considering the owner’s own disdain of alcohol in the Coast Guard, but the corrupt cops got their own comeuppance by losing their illegitimate acquisition shortly after gaining it. That or they deliberately burned it just to prove a point (that they could), though that doesn’t make sense from a financial standpoint.

Speaking of Chapter IV, an account of the woman Sgt. Hack first married and how would have been a welcome addition to what is meant to be a complete account of what led him to where he is today, and I’m sure it’s part of that, good or bad, even if not as fondly remembered as the second marriage. If nothing else, then perhaps it would show that to run away from your problems and abandoning your family is not the answer, again, to send the right message across. While the memories might be painful, the memories of many other Vietnam veterans are also equally painful, and I’m sure understanding the sufferings of another and sharing in his pain would help them in their own pain. I should also mention the second paragraph on page 28 (PDF) was quite long. It would have been better to separate the paragraph for separate speakers, as is what is usually supposed to be done in stories, accounts, or fiction writing.

I loved the account and picture of the dog, Rebel. It’s easy to forget that animals suffer in war, as well, and how much aid and companionship they really are to mankind even today.

Chapter VII’s opening paragraph lists a number of impressive accomplishments with the police, but it’s real hard to appreciate them with the third person tone (more on that later) and the complete lack of detail on what he did and how. Some personable, detailed storytelling here on some of the things he did (instead of a very brief one-paragraph summary listing several accomplishments) would have been much appreciated.

Chapter VIII’s epilogue on the dangers of smoking and the abandonment of it for the sake of not only one’s self but also of family is very inspirational (especially over one of hate and ‘unforgiveness,’ neither of which are real answers to the pain one’s going through). Many could learn from this

While I enjoyed the emphasis on successful American entrepreneurship with the start of Sgt. Hack’s US Wings business and his resolved attitude of the flood recovery, the lack of personalization (again, more on that later) make the entire Chapter X otherwise seem like little more than a US Wings advertisement instead of part of a larger inspirational story, which I feel is what the book is trying to be (and is successful in that regard in many places).

The pictures at the end are a nice touch, but the text in some of the letters is far too small and fuzzy to be readable in the PDF version.

Overall, I felt the book was a little short, in that both the chapters were a fraction of the size of chapters in other similar books, and the book as a whole at only 65 pages (PDF), with blanks at that. The tone of presentation also seemed a lot less personable written in third person perspective, like we were being told everything Sgt. Hack did or happened to him instead of hearing a more personable story told directly from him (even as the author). Either way, the book’s tone still isn’t particularly personable.

While this is a review and anecdotal retrospective of the book, it would also be remiss of me to forget to say thanks to Sgt. Hack and all other veterans for the sacrifices they made to ensure the freedom and life for all Americans. God bless them all.

Raymond G.



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 P.


I to was a NCO (Sfc), and your writing brought back many memories. It seems so far away and your insight into life can be of great help to Veterans being treated for TBI as well as PTSD cases.
You have shown how one can rise to the occasion for the good of the Nation. This you have shown on both counts.
Why am I saying this? I am 100% Perm and Total, but assist the young Military coming home with CRSC and with Vocational Ed (Schooling).
As I have learned though in your case you have done it all on your own, excuse me you had someone by your side and that does help a great deal.
Judging from the World Situation we all have a lot to do, to enable these kids to get back into their future, or rehab.
If available We have sent some to The USAF in Texas to get Dogs , these dogs have had two tours in Combat and tho not true Service dogs, they are available, learn quickly and are great with Trauma cases. The official path is a year.
Thanks for hearing me out, I do ramble a bit.

Robert V.


Sgt. Hack’s story is a symbol of how a life of trials can be fruitful. His trait of loyalty and dedication to his achieving success is a inspiration. Through his life journey, he remained an example of perseverance and dedication to achievement. He fought for hisself, the V.C., corruption, and his inner demons(PTSD)! It would have been easy for the “Sarge” to give up during many phases of his life. His determination in every aspect of his life is a living testament to his “Success by Perseveration”!

Richard H.


Great read. Always a humble pleasure to read back on our countries great men that served. To look back in the roots of a man life makes me personally reflect on the problems I think I have and reevaluate my values and goals in life. Much respect.

Michael C.


The life of a Warrior is one of the stories I always enjoy reading.

I was born and raised an army brat. I have been in the United States Coast Guard as a flight mechanic on the MH-65 helicopter for almost a decade now. I enjoyed that SGT Hack followed several of the ideals that I try to live by; one of my biggest being, do whatever it is that you expect out of everyone around you, as he did when he demanded to deploy.
I am sure the phrase is as used in every service as much as in the CG- “the needs of the service come first”. Not always a great thing, but it is however what we swore to do. Hack followed through and seems to have put those needs first.
However great these things might be, the reason I enjoyed this story so much is that I have always feared the end of my service. I have been in the military in one aspect or another my whole life. What do I do when I am no longer able to wear the uniform?! I enjoy reading about men and women who have, despite their hurdles, made a successful transition and lived out a happy life.

John Bishop


Sargent Hack,

I would like to thank you for the free download of your book. Like you I am also a warrior but from the Marine Corps. When I was young I watched every war movie that I could. I especially liked the one’s that had something to do with Vietnam. I would also try to read all book’s related to the Vietnam war. Somehow I knew that one day I would become a Marine.

I can find nothing bad to say about your book other than I wish it was longer. It was very interesting and feel’s like it could easily be turned into a movie. What a hell of a life you have lived, I have the highest respect for you. I have a lot of respect for all Vietnam Veteran’s. I had the privilege to know a few of them during my time in the Marine Corps. In particular was a Navy Chaplain who was a Marine in Vietnam. He spent time at Khe Sanh and also was one of 8 Marines in his company who walked out of Hue City alive. He promised God that if he got him out of there alive he wouldn’t waste his life. He inspired me and countless other Marines. I believe that you did the same thing for countless Soldier’s.

I’m not sure if you remember me but my name is Bob Stone and my father is Richard Stone. I want to thank you for all that you sacrificed for our Country. I agree with you 100%, Vietnam Veteran’s never received the recognition they deserved.

Semper Fi
Bob Stone
2nd Marine Division
3/8 Marines (Weapons Company) 81’s



Sgt. Hacks story is told in such a way that you feel every step he takes along the way. I couldn’t stop reading until I realized I had read the whole thing.

Edward L.



I am a army major from chile…when i read the book…all my soldier spirit change, becouse was relly special knew about the real life of a military in combat.

Thanks from chile

Sebastian C.


“The Life of a Warrior” is a good and very readable account of David Hack’s life, from growing up poor to heading U.S. Wings, a large retail and online seller of military-style clothing. Mr. Hack’s life has not been easy, but somehow he found the will and strength to recover from abandonment as a child, being seriously wounded as a soldier, and getting flooded out as a business owner.

Love plays a recurring role in the book, first in the form of Mr. Hack’s stepfather, and then when he meets his eventual wife.

I was inspired by Mr.Hack’s story and was glad to read it.

Michael T.

I would like to show my support for the military and one day I will be in the marines after I graduate highschool I only have one year left of school then I can join and I can show people how much I really love my country

Victor C.

great book i was in 1969 danang as wireman marines got out 1972 sgt

Robert S.


I really enjoyed your book ” The Life of a Warrior”. It documented your early life which provided your exceptional life experiences that gave you the strength to work through and survive the life of a warrior, and continue to survive today at what this life throws at us. I to am a Vietnam vet during “68 and 69” and believe the ups and downs during that period changed my life forever and am proud to have served.

Rich G.


I found “the life of a warrior” to be inspiring. I was touched by the can do attitude Sgt. Hack has had in all his pursuits. His ability to see thru the ordinary and give it his own personal flair has served him well. From his time as a recruiter to business owner and everything in between Sgt. Hack has given it his all and made it his own. Sgt. Hack’s life should be an inspiration to us all. The life of a warrior reflects a life well lived.

James F.


Couldn’t put it down. Grew up an Army brat and many times I saw my Dad in the pages of this book. Sgt. Hack is a true man of character, loyalty and honor.

P.S. Loved the Hack mobile!

Eugene F.



Outstanding read and while I did not serve in that time frame I am greatful for the glimpse of your history and the lessons learned. Somethings are so unique to a particular theater of war but the bond and brotherhood is unchanged from conflict to conflict. Welcome home Sir, Thank You for your service. Semper Fi

Michael G.


Just utterly amazing! Welcome Brother!
Very insightful and to the point. I had a similar Vietnam experience as one of two survivors out of thirty.

Robert J.



It was a great read and hit spot on to their lives. I love this and I think I may read it again. I suggest this to anyone in, retired from or interested in the military. Go navy!

Adam R.


I’ve seen a few movies here and there, as most have, about war and soldiers. Most were basically condensed and glorified popcorn flicks. Actually reading about the life of a soldier gives a new perspective and realism to the whole life that most people don’t know. The funny thing is that this book makes the material, based on real life, more exciting (is that a bad word to use about it?) than watching a movie. Attempts war fear, on someone’s life, the mob, life after war, stuff you don’t hear about it or see usually; all a very interesting perspective. Definitely worth a read, it goes by fast and is easy to read. Well written!

Jeannye M.



Sgt. Hack has had a remarkable journey. Reading The Life of a Warrior brought back memories of the sacrifice of my friends’ big brothers who did not come back from those distant battlefields. Now I will wear my US Wings G-1 with an even greater sense of pride knowing what it took to get it to me.

Michael R.


While not a military buff, I appreciate the tremendous sacrifice made by those like “the Sarge” who stand noble guard for this country. His well written first person saga from his humble beginnings through the trials and tribulations of his service years and the great courage he displayed throughout to his decision to become “USWINGS” makes a stimulating and enlightening read for the soldier or the civilian. It fills me with pride to know that that values like courage, honesty and integrity are alive and well in men like Sargeant Hack. I recommend it highly

Jeffrey F



Glad to see more stories of the past, lest we forget. Each and every story should never be forgotten, especially the stories of Vietnam Veterans.

Robert M.

Highly recommend this book! AAA+++ Should become a movie!

Bob C.


Great, very thought provoking

Nathan M.


Aside from a couple grammy errors, the book was well written and to the point, not festooned with a lot of fluff to read through, a real log of Sgt Hack’s life. Every young person should read this book as it showed how Sgt Hack hit upon hard times but all was not lost as he picked himself up by the bootstraps and turned a negative situation into a positive. That was a very strong and positive message in the book. He served his country well and now he is serving our country at large by giving us the opportunity to own mil leather jackets. I just wish I had the money to get one of these jackets. It would be owning a part of our American history. Hats off and thank you Sgt Hack, you are a true Amercan. Keep’m coming!



I know I’m not at all qualified to write a review but I do have some comments. Quite a life you’ve had Sarge.I served with the 25th Inf Div during the same time you were in Viet Nam. I also remember when you were the recruiter in this area and the Corvette. I have been past the store many times but never gone inside always thinking I couldn’t afford anything anyway. I never connected US Wings with Sgt. Hack.
It seams to me this story could easily make a full length book. By the way I once spent an hour or so on my Harley broke down about midnight one night in the parking lot of US Wings.

Jim G.


Great book. I enjoyed every bit of it.
As a vietnam Vet I can relate to much of his story..

Steve S.


Here’s the deal. I’ve ordered numerous things including jackets, belts, a scarf and even a hat over the years from US Wings. Along the way I somehow obtained the book Life of a Warrior. Impressed by everything ordered at one point I picked up the book for a casual read. simply stated…it blew me away. I grew up in the Viet Nam era but did not serve. Many friends did. Most survived. One didn’t. It always left an open and sore spot in my heart and in my mind and in my soul. The book went a long way toward soothing that spot. Hack’s story hit home. his struggle’s to survive and his subsequent success via the US Wings company was totally inspirational but also personally connective to my own emotions and feelings about the particular era in my life and the lives of so many of my friends. Do yourself a favor. Find something at US Wings you’ve always wanted. Order it. You’ll love it and at some point…Give Hack’s book a read. You’ll find a place for IT in your heart as well… A GOOD Place!

James S.


What can i say about The Life of a Warrior. The story of David Hack is quite possibly the best I’ve read. His life is like something out of a movie. I can say it takes a strong man to go through what he experienced. Having lived with an abusive father myself i know some of what he experienced as a young boy, as for the rest i can research the horrors of Vietnam. And as a man trying to start a business myself i can understand some of the hardships that came with. David Hack if there was ever an American Hero it was him.

Cody C.


Sgt Hack’s life story is an inspiration to all of us who served our country and came home to pursue the American dream. Thanks Sarge for your service to our country and for providing a business which provide products which keeps alive the history of our military services.

Yours Respectfully

ABE3 Rick Norris
USS Forrestal CV 59


Loved the book! Easy read, and I could relate to the lifestyle! Joined the Navy in 73 and retired in 94. Some of the greatest and dangerous times of my life.

I am a Gulf War and Vietnam era vet (war was over 2 years after I joined), so I never made it there however most of my Skippers had flown there against the MIG’s from Aircraft Carriers. They taught me how to be a warrior.

I did deploy to the Gulf (2x) because of the Ayatollah (assahola), Saddam, and flew against the Momar Kaddafi air cowards in Libya. The President always used his Aircraft Carriers as his “long arm of the law”, so we were always busy! My Navy Issue G-1 traveled the world with me.

Good book, thanks for standing up for this great Country!

God Bless.

Ray T.



I took the copy of the book I received with my order to our VVA (Vietnam Veterans of America) meeting tonight and the guys there were very impressed. A case of 50 books would be very helpful and I am sure that the students will appreciate having them. Every year our organization gives out 5 scholarships ($1000.00 each)to students in the area and they are selected on how well their essay is written about some aspect of the Vietnam War.  Our organization does a lot for local communities as well as all Veterans, Thank you for what you and yours do for the veterans. Looking forward to receiving the books, Thanks again. Howard.


Why is Sgt Hack’s book special ? Because it is written from a man that actually witnessed what REALLY went on without the fancified B.S. that runs rampant on other tomes by Vietnam Vets who are trying to be the next Hemingway with hopes of selling the rights for $$$$$$
Sgt Hack shows us the war was fought by men who weren’t out for glory and medals but to prevent the slaughter of a people by an enemy who were out to destroy them . Dave shows us the sweat, blood, frustration, and heartbreak in a Conflict where the enemy were being supported and aided by a safe at home news media and misguided Americans who felt we were like the Germans on the Russian Front murdering everything in sight>
Lastly Sgt. Hack makes no apologies for what he did and shows us that war is not won by the John Wayne types but by ordinary guys who went beyond their expected duties to do the right thing.
That’s what the Vietnam War was all about….

Jim K.



Excellent. Worth to read it. Sgt. Hack is a clear example of the Phoenix from the Greek mythology, an immortal bird that is cyclically regenerated or reborn by arising from his own ashes. This world will be truly different with more people like you. HOOAH!!!

Augusto M.


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 M.



Henry S.


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 S.




Damon C.


It really hit you ,i know i was there.

Fred G.



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 story.it felt so real to me,and i hope they make the movie same.to 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
US 54836406
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.


I got the book several years ago with a jacket I ordered. It is inspiring to read how one can take what life gives you and fight back and make the best of it. It is with some envy (crazy as it sounds) when I read personal accounts of Viet Nam veterans who were “in the Sh..” I was a Sgt. in a USMC reserve artillery unit during Viet Nam…came close to being called up…LBJ wimped out…and I missed my war. But Sgt. Hack’s story will make a great movie…I’ll be watching for it.

Dr. Jan C.