Sharkbait, A Flight Surgeon's Odyssey in Vietnam

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1960s & '70s

Guy S. Clark M.D.

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Guy Clark was a physician who dreamed of high adventure, and flying with the Phantom F4-C pilots in Vietnam was the ultimate high. He would discover, however, that it came with a cost: his idealism and faith in his country’s leadership.



Short Summary

In early 1966, Dr. Guy Clark was pulling relatively cushy duty at Bergstrom Air Force Base in Texas. But in April that year, Clark received orders to go to Vietnam, and upon arrival that June was assigned to be a flight surgeon at Cam Ranh Bay Air Force Base, on the South China Sea.



Based on a True Story


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Quest,Internal Journey/Rebirth

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Main Character Details

Name: Dr. Guy Clark

Age: 28

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Complex,Decisive,Confident,Faithful,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Unapologetic,Skillful,Outspoken,Patriotic,Sarcastic

Additional Character Details

Name: Elaine, wife who is stateside

Age: 28

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Empathetic,Educated

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Name: numerous military


Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Masculine,Patriotic,Leader,Insecure,Complex

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About The Author

Dr. Guy S. Clark is the retired medical director of The Arthritis Institute of Santa Barbara and The Osteoporosis Institute of Santa Barbara, Calif., which he founded in 1975 and 1990, respectively. Dr. Clark received his bachelor’s degree from Emory University in Atlanta, GA, and his medical degree from Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago. He is certified by the American Board of Medical Examiners, the American Board of Forensic Medicine, the International Society for Clinical Densitometry, and the American Board of Forensic Examiners, and board-qualified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He also is a founding fellow of the American Rheumatism Association and the American College of Rheumatology. In addition to his directorships of the Arthritis and Osteoporosis Institutes in Santa Barbara, he has served in numerous executive and administrative positions over the course of his career, including positions in occupational and emergency medicine, extended care and convalescent medicine, and laboratory and clinical pathology. He has served as a senior aviation medical examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration since 1971. Dr. Clark continues to practice medicine on a semi-retired basis. For his service in Vietnam, Dr. Clark received the Bronze Star, three Air Medals, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, and the Vietnam Service Medal. This memoir is based on almost daily entries in a personal journal he kept throughout his year of service in Vietnam, from June 1966-June 1967.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Male Leaning

Group Specific

Military historians, Vietnam War veterans, aeronautics buffs

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Weeping Willow Books

Year Published: 2017

Hard Copy Available