Dak To: America's Sky Soldiers in South Vietnam's Central Highlands

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For one of Vietnam's bloodiest battles, America brought out its best.


Their officers and senior noncoms were drawn from the U.S. Army's elite. They were an all-volunteer paratrooper unit, General William Westmoreland's "fire brigade," dropped from the air wherever the fighting was heaviest. They were the "Sky Soldiers," men of the 173rd Airborne Brigade. And during the five months from June to November, 1967, they fought many of the bloodiest...

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Overview

For one of Vietnam's bloodiest battles, America brought out its best.


Their officers and senior noncoms were drawn from the U.S. Army's elite. They were an all-volunteer paratrooper unit, General William Westmoreland's "fire brigade," dropped from the air wherever the fighting was heaviest. They were the "Sky Soldiers," men of the 173rd Airborne Brigade. And during the five months from June to November, 1967, they fought many of the bloodiest battles of the entire, decade-long Vietnam War at the small mountain hamlet in the Central Highlands called Dak To.


From their very first engagement with the North Vietnamese Army, when a whole company of paratroopers was nearly wiped out, to the savage, climactic battle for Hill 875, here is a riveting, hard-hitting account of how the Sky Soldiers plunged into some of Southeast Asia's most forbidding terrain, against a professional enemy who held no fear of the airborne. Denied food and water, cut off from support, facing annihilation, the beleaguered fighters finally faced down the North Vietnamese in a nightmarish Thanksgiving Day confrontation. As a result, three NVA regiments, crippled by the 173rd, were forced to sit out the crucial Tet Offensive of January, 1968. The most eloquent testimony to the courage of the Sky Soldiers came during the memorial service to their dead comrades, when pairs of jump boots were arranged in neat rows to represent each fallen paratrooper. It was a ceremony every survivor of the 173rd Airborne and the battle for Dak To remembers to this day.

Acclaimed historian Murphy begins with an account of the 173rd's first engagement with the North Vietnamese Army--when an entire company of paratroopers was nearly wiped out--and builds suspensefully to the savage, climatic battle for Hill 875. Original. (Military History)

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  • ISBN-13: 9780891419105
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/31/2007
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 377,699
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 1.07 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2011

    Dak To

    Very good reading. PLATOON leader who survived hill 875 not historical (d company 2nd battalion) he was not wounded. I served with d company during this time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2014

    Hush

    *she shrugs, every part of her showing hurt, dullness, and distrust.* lt's nothing.

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    Posted February 28, 2014

    Crypt

    "Hush. Book. Now. Please."

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    Posted March 1, 2014

    Rose

    "I'm sowwy Hushers..."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    Sky v.s. squids

    Im not sky. Butter!!!!!!!!!! Attack squids. Ps i need people to rp squids as well to make this more realistic. ?krambot l‹

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2013

    Highly recommended

    Very good book very sad what those soldiers went through.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013

    Conclusion for science fair

    - i accept or i reject my hypthesis
    - if you were to redo the experiment would the results be the same
    - what can you do differently
    - sources of error | mistakes,
    - what have you learned?
    - how does your experiment affect you, your family, your community, or your society?
    c==[]=======>

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  • Posted May 7, 2012

    Very intetesting reading.

    Since I was in Dak To I tbought it was a very interesting book.
    Brought back a lot of memories.

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