Expendable Elite: One Soldier's Journey into Covert Warfare

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This true story of a Special Forces officer in Vietnam in the mid-sixties will acquaint you with the unique nature of Special Operations Forces and how covert operations are developed and masked to permit -- even sponsor -- assassination, outright purposeful killing of innocents, illegal use of force and bizarre methods in combat operations. Expendable Elite reveals the fear that these elite warriors share with no other military person -- not the fear of the enemy they have been trained to fight in battle, but fear of the wrath of our government should they no longer be needed and find themselves classified as... expendable. A centerpiece of this book is the CIA mission to assassinate Cambodian Crown Prince Norodum Sihanouk, the author's unilateral aborting of the mission, and the drama surrounding the dispatch by the CIA of an ARVN regiment to attack, destroy the camp and kill every person in it as retribution for standing up against the CIA. The dramatic rescue by ARVN LTG Quang Van Dang of eight American Green Berets and hundreds of South Vietnamese will capture your curiosity and whet your appetite for more in this ongoing Special Operations series.

"I hope our emissary from the Hoa Hao people reaches General Dang in time to stop the slaughter." Tears welled in his eyes. I'd never seen Major Le cry, but I knew he loved his men and that his real concern was that others would suffer, even die at the hands of the ARVN troops sent to destroy us. Special Forces commander "Dangerous Dan" Marvin "won the hearts and minds" of the 64,000 Hao Hoas, a fiercely independent militant Buddhist sect that lived in An-Phu District. He was called "King of the Hoa Haos" by his superior officer and is the only American ever named an honorary Hoa Hao by their Central Council. An-Phu juts out at the western edge of Vietnam into Cambodia. The Hao Hoas were organized into a Civilian Irregular Defense Group (CIDG) and were ready to strike back at an enemy that would kill and then melt back over the border into Cambodia. 'Dangerous Dan's' Top Secret orders gave them their chance. Thoroughly documented and told with colorful detail and over 170 photos, Expendable Elite takes the reader into the daily life of a Green Beret Special Forces commander while he gets caught between 'official' policy, covert actions and the very real and gruesome facts of war. This is also an account of two warriors doing their duty with honor, defending their friends and families from attack.

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Daniel Marvin is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Special Forces and former Green Beret who served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He lives in Cazenovia, New York.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Introduction ix
Acronyms, terms and abbreviations xiii
Chapter 1 Secret Orders 1
Chapter 2 Massacre West of Rach Gia 15
Chapter 3 A Tiger Named Le 29
Chapter 4 Taking The War To Cambodia 57
Chapter 5 A Test of Courage 93
Chapter 6 Wait for the Southern Wind 129
Chapter 7 The Shotgun 153
Chapter 8 We Almost Bought the Farm 163
Chapter 9 But They're Women, Sir! 169
Chapter 10 Hell's Fury Unleashed at Khanh Binh 217
Chapter 11 Victory at Khanh Binh 247
Chapter 12 Mission: Assassinate a Prince 257
Chapter 13 Apocalypse at An Phu 275
Chapter 14 We Fade Away 297
Chapter 15 A President's Fantasy is a Soldier's Curse 305
Epilogue Part 1 Official Denial and Subterfuge 311
Epilogue Part 2 Speaking With Forked Tongues: A Chronology of Subterfuge, Abandonment and Betrayal 319
Epilogue Part 3 Words of Pain, Anguish and Wisdom 325
Afterword 329
Map--Detal of the Vietnam - Cambodia border area near An Phu 330
Appendices
1 Intelligence summary: 27 Dec 65 333
2 Facility, weapons and equipment status: 28 Dec 65 334
3 Mission and forces report: 28 Dec 65 335
4 Psychological Operations Estimate: Apr 66 336
5 Intelligence summary: 18 May 66 341
6 Cambodian newspaper article: 23 May 66 342
7 Intelligence report: 31 May 66 343
8 Civic action report: 31 May 66 344
9 Psychological operations report: 31 May 66 345
10 Weapons, ammunition and equipment status: 31 May 66 346
11 Operation Snuff Crown planning paper: 12 Jun 66 347
12 Operation Snuff Crown planning paper: 13 Jun 66 348
13 Intelligence summary: 13 Jun 66 349
14 Combat statistics: 1 Jan through 31 Jul 66 350
Notes 351
Index with pronunciation aide 355
Special Operations Maps
1 South Vietnam Administrative Divisions xviii
2 1 Jan 1966--Target Patterns 78
3 17 Jan 1966 100
4 6 Feb 1966--VC Actions--Relief Forces 126
5 8 May 1966--Capture of VC Terrorists 215
6 19 May 1966--An Phu Battle Map Inside Covers
7 Overview of Operation "Snuff Crown" June 1966 269
8 Intel Summary--18 Jun 1966 285
Photographs, 24 pages 363
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2006

    Ulysses Asburn's Review

    ONE MUST READ 'EXPENDABLE ELITE One Soldier's Journey Into Covert Warfare' To understand why The Special Forces Association wanted this Vietnam Era book silenced This 2006 - 'Victory Edition' 'The truth & nothing but the Truth' ______________________________________________________ A review by Ulysses Ashburn Proverb 12:22 - Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight. 'I was momentarily incapable of accepting the fact that my own men had turned on me and had denied the truth of what they themselves had shared with me in An Phu. How could they collaborate with The Special Forces Association in a legal action developed and monitored by Secretary James Dean, a court action designed to bankrupt me and my publisher?' These are the words of retired Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Marvin, in the added material included in the post-trial 'Victory Edition' of EXPENDABLE ELITE -One Soldier¿s Journey Into Covert Warfare. With great detail, this combat veteran, known as ¿Dangerous Dan¿ by friends and enemies alike, takes us back with him through truly one of the most remarkable journeys that only a select few Americans can truly recall. Those select few being a small team of U.S. Army Green Berets in Team A-424 commanded by Dangerous Dan. In this book, Dan takes us on his emotional journey with the goal of proving to the reader that the book is true, proven in a Court of Law. Most of this true story takes place in the district of An-Phu which stands at the western edge of Vietnam on the Cambodian border on the Bassac River. Other significant parts of the story take place in the United States and finally are focused in a Federal Courthouse in Charleston, South Carolina, where the trial to defend the truth took place. While reading the Victory Edition you will experience the shock that Dan felt when he learned of the $700,000.00 lawsuit against him and Kris Millegan, the publisher of this book. It was when he read the lawsuit that a deputy sheriff had brought to his door that Colonel Marvin saw that six of the seven plaintiffs were men that had served in his command. These men had been shown to be heroes in this book, a book which they now used as a basis for a lawsuit against their former leader. Colonel Marvin takes you through his experiences with these same men in combat, during the writing of this book and during their attack on him in court. He re-visits the past to judge the true force behind the lawsuit. He has no doubt it is the Special Forces Association, most likely guided and directed by the Central Intelligence Agency. Some significant questions are dealt with in this book: 1) Why go to trial? 2) Why the trial was held in Charleston, SC? 3) Why the title Expendable Elite? As you read the answers to these questions you will come to know the qualities of courage, integrity and leadership Colonel Marvin possesses. You will comprehend the power of those forces within our government who attempted unsuccessfully to bring him and Kris Millegan to their knees. You will know that the truth of what Dan wrote was proven in court and made it imperative that this edition be written and published so the world could know the truth. He again demonstrates what it is like to be capable of adjusting to challenging and dangerous situations. With the lawsuit threatening to destroy them, Colonel Marvin and his publisher fought for the truth of the book. He even spoke specifically about the betrayal of his men during trial which has caused the most pain in his heart. Dan stood up for acting Lieutenant Colonel Martha Raye, the author of the Foreword, in court and he now explains what he believed to be the motivation behind the Special Forces Association's attempt, during that juried trial, to assassinate her character and destroy her credibility. To permit the reader a current example of the current use of fear, Colonel Marvin tells a short story of

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2003

    EXPENDABLE ELITE TO INDISPENSABLE READ

    REVIEW OF EXPENDABLE ELITE 'Expendable Elite' is a book recounting the true-life experiences of Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel Dangerous Dan Marvin in Vietnam. On the cover, beneath the picture of strapping young soldiers wearing their green berets is written the words, 'ONE SOLDIER'S JOURNEY INTO COVERT WARFARE.' To be considered expendable is to be made forfeit for the greater good. In a sense, it's like dropping a quarter down a manhole: too bad, but it's not worth the trouble of retrieving it. In this case the expendable currency is human souls. LTC Marvin is giving the full account of priceless human souls caught in just such a bone-crushing situation. The book, a detailed account of his experiences in Vietnam and Cambodia during the period from 1965-1966, is more than mere history of the times, but also a study in the duplicitous approach the United States had to the war and the series of betrayals meted out to a people who had little choice but to obey their overlords. The book is not only truthful, but revealing for the United States government made the South Vietnamese dependent by dictating the rules of the game, and then totally withdrawing support in the final and ultimate act of betrayal. In the book, LTC Marvin explains how he earned the nickname 'Dangerous.' Though the circumstances of the original christening have changed, his nature remains the same. Armed with the knowledge God is on the side of truth, he remains a man of uncompromising honesty and boundless courage ferreting out the lies to reveal the truth. Dangerous Dan is a teller of truth and a man of integrity and as such, a rare man among men. When asked, Dangerous Dan will freely admit only his faith allows him the courage to tell the truth. Were it not for his strong belief in God, his story would have remained untold and his lips sealed. LTC Marvin is a man who walks his talk in the face of great personal sacrifice. It is a sad commentary on this world that a man should be punished for telling the truth, but it is so. Expendable Elite is an excellent, absorbing, and compelling read and a real revelation. It is a worthy investment in a book worth keeping. Nora Fletcher

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2003

    Expendable Elite Excellent Book

    Expendable Elite is an excellent book and is a very enlightening. I highly recommend you add this one to your collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2003

    Vivid Testimonial

    Dan Marvin testifies vividly to the dangers inherent in covert ops, as well as the well-oiled cover-up machinery used to repress such accounts. His account here of the 'Expendable Elite' is supported by both detailed prose and an ample documentary appendix. Marvin now crusades for public awareness of such repressed historic events. My bet is the mainstream press will ignore this book as simply too 'hot' to handle. But those familiar with special ops should read this vivid account with great interest. It is an important firsthand testimonial regarding a 'plausibly deniable' assignment. Such missions are designed to be officially denied forever, and are very difficult to confirm through the traditional chain of command. It takes courage for individuals such as Dan Marvin to step forward to set the record straight with his interesting personal testimony.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2003

    Edge of the seat thriller

    Amazing what our government does, withholds, and authorizes. Great insight into a controversial period of our history. Fit for anyone to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2003

    He put the Army first, every day, every way

    I am the author's wife. I knew little of what Dan did the whole time he was a Green Beret. The love he had for the Army, the respect he had for the Hoa Hao people and the need he has to let the world know why the CIA sent an ARVN Regeiment to wipe out his men,Americans and South Vietnamese, who it was that came to their rescue, and what followed makes this a must read but it scares me half to death.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2003

    WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE...

    Marvin shows both courage and a certain naievete about the war and the role he played in it. To take on the CIA and to dictate to the White House was one side of his story and fighting the Vietcong and protecting his own Hoa Hao soldiers was the other. Was it folly? Perhaps. Was it courageos? Most certainly. EE takes us into the riverbanks and swamps of Vietnam. After a few pages, you begin to feel and smell it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2003

    A Truly Moving Book

    We hear so much about how badly the United States handled the Vietnam conflict. There's a lot of that here, too, but what makes this book different is the contrasting story of what was done right. The US Army Special Forces (SF) - and LTC (then Captain) Marvin in particular - made us proud by respecting and caring for the people that the US was ostensibly allied with. It is tragic that their mission was discontinued in favor of sending an overwhelming number of Regular Army soldiers who were unwilling or unable to do the same. It is more tragic still that LTC Marvin's courageous stand nearly resulted in so many deaths ordered by a command structure out of touch either with reality, justice, or both. This is a compelling book which I read in just 2 or 3 sittings. I lent it to a Vietnam SF veteran and he could hardly put it down until he finished it.

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