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The basic mission of the Army during the Vietnam War was to find 'em and fix 'em and kill 'em. By 1966, many units still had not formally established the recon unit that was necessary to fulfill the "find 'em" part of the mission. The Cavalry could not be included in this group as it did not possess the Div level recon asset that was thought by some to be necessary. Under difficult conditions, an LRRP team had to be organized and its personnel trained to possess the skills necessary to survive in the enemy's ...

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Overview

The basic mission of the Army during the Vietnam War was to find 'em and fix 'em and kill 'em. By 1966, many units still had not formally established the recon unit that was necessary to fulfill the "find 'em" part of the mission. The Cavalry could not be included in this group as it did not possess the Div level recon asset that was thought by some to be necessary. Under difficult conditions, an LRRP team had to be organized and its personnel trained to possess the skills necessary to survive in the enemy's backyard and return alive. This is the story of the creation of the 1st Cav Division LRRP, the training of its members, and the successful mounting of the first missions, which were required for the survival of this ground-breaking unit. This book is also a testament to men such as Ron Christopher, who had the perseverance, determination and the skills required to organize the LRRP, train its team members, and run those first missions that established the practicality of the 1st Cavalry Division LRRP.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781592868551
  • Publisher: Publish America
  • Publication date: 1/3/2004
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.66 (d)

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  • Posted September 29, 2011

    Reality in Vietnam

    You can't fight a Guerrilla War without Guerrillas and Ronald Lee Christopher appears to be all of that and had to be even more when chosen to lead a team of LRRP's into a deadly An Lao Valley in South Vietnam. All wars are basically a battle for land and these six-man patrols are constantly in danger of their lives and, as the author states, only "nuts" volunteer for Long Range Reconnaissance Patrols. The rice paddies and elephant grass in the valley were a virtual training "school," for Guerrillas to learn and practice their skills; the only trouble being that death was always just ahead, hiding in the elephant grass or behind a tree, aiming their AK-47's at their sworn enemies, the American soldiers. The author formed and led the First Cavalry Division's LRRP and claims to remember exactly what he has written. Considering the life or death nature of his work behind this statement I would tend to side on believing him. Here is a Staff Sergeant, the backbone of every army, who not only wants to lead and has a desire to lead but actually believes he is the "only" one qualified to lead the LRRP's for the First Division because he had done it once before, in Germany and was now itching to build a patrol unit from the ground up. I think I heard another soldier say once that he was the only one he knew qualified to do the job: General George S. Patton. You'll meet many characters in this story but ten of them will standout and in the end you'll also find out what happens to them all. I recommend this book to all ex-military and all who wish to read a first-hand account of a life-long soldier's days in a faraway land known as Vietnam. Kayo Keith

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