First Force Recon Company: Sunrise at Midnight

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In 1st Force Recon you performed at a very high level of proficiency. Or you died. . . .

In 1969, First Lieutenant Bill Peters and the Force Recon Marines had one of the most difficult, dangerous assignments in Vietnam. From the DMZ to the Central Highlands, their job was to provide strategic and operational intelligence to insure the security of American units as the withdrawal of the troops progressed.

Making perilous helicopter inserts deep ...

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Overview

In 1st Force Recon you performed at a very high level of proficiency. Or you died. . . .

In 1969, First Lieutenant Bill Peters and the Force Recon Marines had one of the most difficult, dangerous assignments in Vietnam. From the DMZ to the Central Highlands, their job was to provide strategic and operational intelligence to insure the security of American units as the withdrawal of the troops progressed.

Making perilous helicopter inserts deep in the Que Son Mountains, where the constant chatter of AK-47 rifle fire left no doubt who was in charge, Peters and the other men of 1st Force Recon Company risked their lives every day in six-man teams, never knowing whether they would live to see the sunset. Peters's accounts of silently watching huge movements of heavily armed NVA regulars, prisoner snatches, sudden-death ambushes, and extracts from fiercely fought firefights vividly capture the realities of Recon Marine warfare, and offer a gritty tribute to the courage, heroism, and sacrifice of the U. S. Marines. . . .

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804118736
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 790,557
  • Product dimensions: 4.15 (w) x 6.87 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Bill Peters was born and raised forty miles east of San Francisco in the Livermore Valley. He attended San Francisco State University in the late sixties, where he was a star linebacker for their Far Western Conference championship football team. In 1967, Peters joined the San Francisco State football coaching staff and helped the nationally ranked team capture a postseason bowl game victory.

Bill Peters was commissioned in the Marines via Officer Candidate School. After completing the Basic School at Quantico, Virginia, in 1969, he was assigned to Vietnam as a Force Recon platoon commander, where he conducted twenty-three long-range patrols in enemy-controlled territory. His personal awards include a Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, one with V (for valor), and a Purple Heart.

In addition to a B.A. degree from San Francisco State University, Dr. Peters has a California Life-Time Credential in Education, a Masters of Divinity, and a Ph.D. in psychology. He is currently producing a weekly television program devoted to stories of our national war heroes. Bill lives in Southern California with his wife, Barbara, and their two sons, Tony and Paul.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2004

    Accurate, Compelling Story

    As a fellow patrol leader in 1st Force, I am intimately familiar with the events and personnel profiled in this outstanding book. This is an accurate and compelling history about a truly exceptional group of Marines, enlisted and officer alike. Often under very adverse conditions, these Marines routinely accomplished what most units in Vietnam could never conceive of, much less execute. I am proud to have served alongside such outstanding Marines...men like Bill Peters, Ric Miller, Wayne Rollings, Randy Champe, Steve Corbett, Jay Mancini, Jim Ritchie, Gene Andrews, Dallas WhiteWing, Dave Maar, Gene Ayers and many others. This story should be a source of pride for every American. Great job, Bill...and Semper Fidelis!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2013

    AS A MEMBER OF LT. PETER'S 2ND PLATOON TEAM I FEEL VERY FORTUNAT

    AS A MEMBER OF LT. PETER'S 2ND PLATOON TEAM I FEEL VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITIES PRESENT TO OUR FORCE RECON TEAM. VERY ACCURATE ACCOUNT OF EVENTS AND ISSUES.

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  • Posted March 2, 2013

    If you want to read about Marines in Vietnam, Buy this book!

    If you want to read about Marines in Vietnam, Buy this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2012

    Interesting piece

    Another good read which doesn't sugar coat political bs which was effecting my fellow jarheads in the field. Author became man of the cloth shocker!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2012

    Worth your time

    A wonderful book. If you want to learn more about the soldier's story in Vietnam this is the book to read. Heros they all are.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

    Very Well Written

    Outstanding. The book gives you a viewpoint of a man dedicated to his country.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    Quick Read

    Good book..... makes you appreciate our Vietnam VETS

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2006

    They Were Heroes

    A first-person page-turner recounting the bravery and honor of Marine First Force Recon troops in Vietnam who had to endure, and sometimes die for, the feckless dithering of distant politicians and military bureaucrats.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2003

    Outstanding

    Very realistic. Felt the emotions of the men in Force Recon. Story line moved quickly and was very emotional.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2001

    The young men of First Force deserve our respect and gratitude.

    Originally purchased book because Lynn Lowder was a few years older from same small town High School. Got so involved in book, couldn't put it down. Totally restored my faith in the leadership and commitment of Vietnam combat veterans and their sacrifices for their belief in the USA.

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