Death in the a Shau Valley: L Company LRRPs in Vietnam, 1969-1970

Overview

"The enemy had a single purpose: kill me and my teammates."  

Larry Chambers was still new to Vietnam in early 1969 when the LRRPs of the 101st Airborne Division became L Company, 75th (Rangers). But his unit's mission stayed the same: act as the eyes and ears of the 101st deep in the dreaded A Shau Valley—where the NVA ruled.

Relentless thick fog frequently made fighter bombers useless in the A Shau, and the enemy had furnished the nearby mountaintops with ...

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Overview

"The enemy had a single purpose: kill me and my teammates."  

Larry Chambers was still new to Vietnam in early 1969 when the LRRPs of the 101st Airborne Division became L Company, 75th (Rangers). But his unit's mission stayed the same: act as the eyes and ears of the 101st deep in the dreaded A Shau Valley—where the NVA ruled.

Relentless thick fog frequently made fighter bombers useless in the A Shau, and the enemy had furnished the nearby mountaintops with antiaircraft machine guns to protect the massive trail network that snaked through it. So, outgunned, outmanned, and unsupported, the teams of L Company executed hundreds of courageous missions. Now, in this powerful personal record, Larry Chambers recaptures the experience of the war's most brutal on-the-job training, where the slightest noise or smallest error could bring sudden—and certain—death. . . .

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804115759
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 821,180
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry Chambers spent fifteen months in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne as a LRP/Ranger. Among other awards and decorations, Chambers earned two Bronze Stars for valor, a Purple Heart, two Air Medals for valor, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. He was with L Co., 75th Infantry (Ranger), and F Co., 58th (LRP), in Vietnam.

After returning home he earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from the University of Utah and graduated as a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. Chambers lives in Ojai, California. He is also the author of Recondo: LRRPs in the 101st Airborne.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2001

    My current mission

    so far this book is one hot LZ!!! lots of cool hands and hot action in this. I reccomend this highly!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2000

    Great Nam book

    Great war book i havent read many but this one was great. It just tells the story of a Ranger in the Vietnam War and it just talks about what he goes though in the Vietnam War great book defenetly you will enjoy it.

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