Absolution: Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 22nd Infantry / Edition 1

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Absolution is a true description of battle as Chuck Boyle saw it in Vietnam. He lays bare the raw emotions of the men who fought there, and his story serves as a vindication for their gallant sacrifice. It candidly contradicts the common and profane portrayal of the Vietnam veteran and liberates him from an unjustified stigma of shame. This true story is one of horror and love. It speaks to the vulgarity of war, and the nobility of the warrior.

About the Author:

Charles J. Boyle grew up in rural Pennsylvania, entering the Army as a private in 1958. He rose swiftly through the ranks, earning a Commission through Infantry Officer Candidate School in 1966, retiring as a Major in 1978. He received his B.A. in History from the University of Tampa in 1973. Assigned to Vietnam during 1967 and 1968, he commanded a platoon in combat and, at the outbreak of the Tet Offensive, was selected to command Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 22nd Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. Among his many awards are two Silver Stars for gallantry in action, two Bronze Stars for valor, the Purple Heart, and numerous other awards for service.

Boyle is an active member of several Vietnam veteran associations, writing newsletters and collecting historical data pertaining to that era. He is frequently the featured speaker at reunions and other civic functions. Currently, he teaches High School JROTC near his home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781887901307
  • Publisher: Sergeant Kirkland's Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 377
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Table of Contents

Dedication                  
Preface                    
Acknowledgements  
          
 
Lamentations              
  Death Notifications       
  Return to Battle         
  Chance Encounter          
  Getting Acquainted        
  The Watering Hole         
  A Soldier's Remorse       
  First Impressions         
  Indoctrination            
  First Sergeant's School   
  Taking Charge            
  First Patrol              
  A Routine War             
  Death in the Michelin    
  Nui Ba Den                 
  An Inappropriate Soldier 
  First Casualty          
  Dreadful Journey Home    
  The Death Tents          
  An Intoxicating Night   
  Fire Support Base Burt   
  Ground Attack            
  The Lost Patrol          
  The Battle Rages         
  Heroes from the Sky      
  Victory at Burt          
  Taking Command           
  The Village of Tears     
  Night Attack             
  FNG Flint                
  Back to Ap Cho           
  Deadly Enthusiasm        
  The Long Walk Home       
  Plan of Attack           
  Rebellion in the Ranks  
  Requiem for the Dead     
  Doublespeak              
  Timidity on the Flank    
  The Death of Ap Cho      
  The Aftermath            
  The Catholic Village     
  A Prophesy of Death     
  Outpost X-Ray           
  Too Much to Bear         
  Holy Days                
  Battle of Good Friday    
  Leaving Command          
  A Soldier's Despair      
  Angel of Mercy           
  The Healing Begins       
  The Absolution      
    
Epilogue                  
Glossary                  
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2001

    The realty of what brave men experienced for our country.

    I may be somewhat partial about reviewing this because because not only was my own father there, but he is also in this boook ('Dee Dos Santos'). I can now see why he is such a strong man and has never wanted to discuss such events. Even though I have served my country, never have I witnessed war; and, to actually feel, see, and think what these men did through the words of Major Boyle (the author) is indescribable. Thank you Major for allowing me to connect with a part of my father that I may have never known without your book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2000

    A must read

    This is a true factual account of the battle at Ap Cho. I was not there but know many that were. The author actually puts you right in the middle of the battle. You cry along with him. This book is a must read not only for vets but the general public. It is a teaching tool about what we experienced in The Nam.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2000

    Heartwrenching Account of an Infantryman's Tour in Vietnam

    This book moved me as no other has. It will truly bring you to tears. There is no way to describe it other than a bold, first-hand account of the hardships, victories, dissappointments, and death that the average infantryman endured in Vietnam. God Bless Chuck Boyle for telling it like it was!!

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