Blackjack-33: Fourteen Deadly Days with the Mobile Guerrilla Force in Vietnam

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“You have to react instinctively. In this game there’s no second place, only the quick and the dead.”
 
In Vietnam, Mobile Guerrilla Force conducted unconventional operations against the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army. Armed with silencer-equipped MK-II British Sten guns, M-16s, M-79s, and M-60 machine guns, the men of the Mobile Guerrilla Force operated in the steamy, triple-canopy jungle owned by ...
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Overview

“You have to react instinctively. In this game there’s no second place, only the quick and the dead.”
 
In Vietnam, Mobile Guerrilla Force conducted unconventional operations against the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army. Armed with silencer-equipped MK-II British Sten guns, M-16s, M-79s, and M-60 machine guns, the men of the Mobile Guerrilla Force operated in the steamy, triple-canopy jungle owned by the NVA and VC, destroying base camps, ambushing patrols, and gathering the intelligence that General Westmoreland desperately needed.
 
In 1967, James Donahue was a Special Forces medic and assistant platoon leader assigned to the Mobile Guerrilla Force and their fiercely anti-Communist Cambodian freedom fighters. Their mission: to locate the 271st Main Force Viet Cong Regiment so they could be engaged and destroyed by the 1st Infantry Division.
 
Now, with the brutal, unflinching honesty only an eye witness could possess, Donahue relives the adrenaline rush of firefights, air strikes, human wave attacks, ambushes, and attacks on enemy base camps. Following the operation the surviving Special Forces members of the Mobile Guerrilla Force were decorated by Major General John Hay, Commanding General, 1st Infantry Division.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804117647
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 230,730
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.87 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

James C. Donahue joined the Marine Corps when he was seventeen years old and served with the Corps through the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. After being discharged, he enlisted in the Army and volunteered for Special Forces. As a Green Beret, he served with the 6th and 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Vietnam. His many military awards and decorations include the Silver Star, three Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, two Air Medals, the Combat Medical Badge, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.
 
He was seriously wounded on July 18, 1967, and returned to the States where he earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a master’s in social sciences. In 1983 AMVETS selected him as the “Outstanding Civil Servant” in the nation. He has written two previous books, Blackjack-34, which was awarded the Freedom Foundation’s George Washington Honor Medal, and Mobile Guerrilla Force. Donahue and his wife live in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, and have two grown children.
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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    This book provides a vivid and detailed insight into very dangerous operations in Vietnam. Most Americans in the mid 1960's were aware of the war, but not of the dangers that a select few service men volunteered for daily.

    Blackjack 33 gave me insight into how a boy I grew up with in a small town in West Virginia experienced constant danger at the same time my own days were spent in relative safety back home. I grew up with S. Sergeant Tom Horn - "Tommy" - to those of us who knew him before he joind the Army. Although I didn't hear of his passing until this year, Tommy died in 2007, having served 30 years in the Army and 5 combat tours in Vietnam. I felt chills as I read of the patrol accounts and of how small groups of individuals sought out contact with the enemy, knowing that every contact carried grave danger and uncertainty. I'm nearly 45 years late in learning what Tommy experienced, but this book brought back images of him that seem like yesterday.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2000

    Bac-si numba one !

    Eat a big meal.Turn of the computer. Turn on the anwering machine. Find a cofortable chair...You're not going anywhere for awhile;Once you start to read this book, you wont be able to set it down! Hadcore real life story. When your done,go out and get BlackJack-34! No lie G.I. Bac-si numba one!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2013

    Really fine read for the reader who wants a true no frills view

    Really fine read for the reader who wants a true no frills view of what a counter insurgency combat patrol in territory controlled by the
    enemy is like. Most readers do not understand that American forces did not control the countryside and combat patrols in some areas 
    were guaranteed to result in massive firefights and massive casualties on both sides. The cold decisions and hard choices are put to 
    paper in a smooth style that will carry the reader to the steaming jungles and cool rubber plantations of this war. Friends made, friends 
    lost and how it is handled. Have read it twice and still can get the feel and almost smell the smells. Highly recommended
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    Posted January 20, 2013

    Zoey

    Next res plz ->

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    Great Book

    Great Book

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