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15 Months in SOG: A Warrior's Tour

15 Months in SOG: A Warrior's Tour

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by Thom Nicholson

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"When we cross the border: no ID, and it's kiss yourself good-bye if Charlie gets ahold of you."

In Vietnam, the Military Assistance Command's Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG) fielded small recon teams in areas infested with VC and NVA. Because SOG operations suffered extraordinary casualties, they required extraordinary soldiers. So when Capt. Thom


"When we cross the border: no ID, and it's kiss yourself good-bye if Charlie gets ahold of you."

In Vietnam, the Military Assistance Command's Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG) fielded small recon teams in areas infested with VC and NVA. Because SOG operations suffered extraordinary casualties, they required extraordinary soldiers. So when Capt. Thom Nicholson arrived at Command and Control North (CCN) in Da Nang, SOG's northernmost base camp, he knew he was going to be working with the cream of the crop.

As commander of Company B, CCN's Raider Company, Nicholson commanded four platoons, comprising nearly two hundred men, in some of the war's most deadly missions, including ready-reaction missions for patrols in contact with the enemy, patrol extractions under fire, and top-secret expeditions "over the fence" into Laos, Cambodia, and North Vietnam. Colonel Nicholson spares no one, including himself, as he provides a rare glimpse into the workings of one of the military's most carefully concealed reconnaissance campaigns.

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Thom Nicholson was born in Springfield, Missouri, and grew up in northern Arkansas and southwest Missouri. After graduating from the Missouri School of Mines, he worked briefly in a uranium mine in New Mexico and then entered the U.S. Army. He served as a Special Forces officer in Vietnam in 1966, as an A-team executive officer, and, in 1969, as a Raider Company commander for CCN, MACV-SOG. After being discharged, he joined the U.S. Army Reserve and completed his career in staff and command assignments with special operations and training commands. In 1996, with more than thirty years commissioned service, he retired at the rank of colonel.

As a civilian, Mr. Nicholson was a registered professional engineer. He received an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University and graduated from National Defense University and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff School. After military and civilian retirement, he started writing novels, many about the Civil War and the American West. He and his wife, Sandra, have five children.

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15 Months in Sog: A Warrior's Tour 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
EugeneTX More than 1 year ago
First, let me say that I believe that every supercritic should identify themselves and not write from behind a smokescreen. I have served as an "A" Detachment Executive Officer, an "A" Detachment Commanding Officer, an Aviation Battalion s-4 and Airfield Commander for five staging fields, and an Assault Helicopter Company Commander. I have served on many missions with the Mobile Guerilla Force along the Parrot's Beak Southern border and the Cambodian Border. I loved the good Colonel's book, if anythig, he probably toned it down. He never mentions loading or unloading on blood slickened floors or people being shot even as you unloaded after the landing flare. I think that you almost have to have been through similar events to believe them because they are unreal. I also believe that any critic who criticizes harshly does so from ignorance because they have not been there where the bullets are actually cracking past or you are running and evading and you do bottleneck into a group of wait-a-minute vines you cannot get through. He relates the wonderfully close relationships he built with his men and you could not believe how that works. Your men really matter...especially your alter egos. They become your sounding boards and only they could indicate the kind of disapproval just by a change of expression that would cause you to reconsider. I went through the same thing with my radio operator and good friend and weep when I recall it. The author even puts a section of pictures in the book which has the Commander and First Sergeant's name on it. I found fewer technical mistakes in this book than any other on the subject. I fully understand how the one reviewer doubted the truth of the story but I am hear to tell you there are hundreds, if not a couple of thousand men from, I Corps to the extreme Delta who could relate the same. I have inserted on the ground and extracted as a ground combat soldier and I have flown many inserts and extractions as a helicopter unit commander. I would add just one other thing: my day started at 4:00 AM and we would do a pre-sunrise insert and I would be on to a different mission. My typical flying day was 16 hours. I loved this book. I believe every word of it because I have shared similar experiences and I know they all could have happened. Do not pass this by. The only loser in that case would be yourself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read lots of books written by Viet-Nam vets. Good.Bad.O.K. But this one is great! A true Green Beret who was there and did it. This book is well written with great detail and emotion. The stories are action packed. some funny,some sad. Each chapter has a great title too. I've had the pleasure of meeting with Colonel Nicholson at a Veterans Celebration. He is a real warrior,and the stories are true. Thom Nicholson is a real patriot who deserves our respect. A true American hero and a great author. Read this book and enjoy it. This is a true book written by someone who was there!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately, the author, although assigned to CCN Da Nang, did not actually participate in the actions he writes about. It's enjoyable reading, and the events he narrates really did take place, but not to him. It does, however, provide a good, but overly dramatized scenario of what the Special Forces assigned to Special Operations went through during those dark days of 1968 and 1969. It should not be taken as history. As an officer assigned to MACV-SOG, CCN during that time, I can assure you, the author did not serve in the capacity he leads you to believe. Some of the names in the book are real, some are not. But, again most of the events really did happen...just not to the author.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
although the book was a real intresting it was very hard to believe it was more of a dirk pitt novel then a real life story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone loves a good war story or an autobiography but with all due respect to the author this is neither. Much is embellished BS and even that is boring. There were just a couple hundred real operators in SOG/CCN yet there seems to be more ebery year that passes. he writer had acknowledged hi Staff officer who served in CCN I would have enjoy