LRRPs, LRPs and Rangers in Vietnam (Phantom Warriors Series #1)

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Phantom Warriors: Book I: LRRPs, LRPs, and Rangers in Vietnam

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  • ISBN-13: 9780804119986
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Series: Phantom Warriors Series, #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 440,955
  • Product dimensions: 4.15 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted January 16, 2009

    Fake military awards and decorations

    The following is stated on the cover of Gary Linderer's books: "Gary A. Linderer is the publisher of `Behind the Lines,' a magazine that specializes in U.S. military special operations. In Vietnam, he earned two Silver Stars, the Bronze Star with V device (for Valor), the Army Commendation Medal with V device, and two Purple Hearts. His first two books were selected by the Military Book Club." <BR/><BR/>Gary Linderer has consistently claimed to have earned two Silver Stars and two Purple Hearts, all for the same day's combat in Vietnam, on 20 November 1968. He used these high honors to enhance his professional reputation and credibility as an author and his fitness to be consulted as an expert on LRP operations. Records I obtained in 2000 by FOIA request from the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, MO., refute Mr. Linderer's claims of two Silver Stars and two Purple Hearts for the same day's combat actions of 20 November 1968. Because Mr. Linderer has lied about his medals, according to the NPRC records, then readers have to view everything Mr. Linderer writes in his book with a skeptical eye. The text of Linderer's NPRC record is as follows: <BR/><BR/>National Personnel Records Center Military Personnel Records <BR/>9700 Page Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63132-5100 <BR/>OFFICIAL LIST OF AWARDS The Official Military Records of GARY A. LINDERER [SSN removed] show that he is authorized the following awards and decorations for his service in the US Army: <BR/><BR/>SILVER STAR <BR/>BRONZE STAR MEDAL W/FIRST OAK LEAF CLUSTER AND "V" ARMY COMMENDATION MEDAL <BR/>W/FIRST OAK LEAF CLUSTER AIR MEDAL <BR/>GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL NATIONAL DEFENSE <BR/>SERVICE MEDAL <BR/>VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL W/4 BRONZE SERVICE STARS <BR/>COMBAT INFANTRYMAN BADGE <BR/>REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM CAMPAIGN RIBBON W/DEVICE (1960) <BR/>REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM GALLANTRY CROSS W/PALM UNIT CITATION BADGE SHARPSHOOTER <BR/>BADGE W/RIFLE & MACHINE GUN BARS EXPERT BADGE W/AUTO RIFLE BAR <BR/>////////NOTHING FOLLOWS///////////// <BR/>R. L. HINDMAN, <BR/><BR/>Director <BR/><BR/><BR/>The stories within could have been a great series, but the complete lack of research skills by this author (a private in Vietnam) was lacking. For instance, research in the national archive records clearly show that a short story written about Detachment B-36 Special Forces was nothing more than a fake contact in the bush.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2000

    a fairly good book

    this is a great book if you are looking for great action stories about the lrrp's in vietnam but if you are looking for personal experiances and the kinda book that gets you close to its charactors this is not the best.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2000

    A great read.

    A well-written and compelling book; close-up combat combined with compassion for the American soldier who was put in an impossible situation because of the lefties back home.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

    Phantom Warrioers

    Good overview of LRRP, LRP & Ranger functions in Vietnam. Most stories are short and to the point, while at the same time evoking a sense of realism. For those interested in this sort of history it is a pleasing read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2002


    I had the honor of serving with the H/75 LRRP/Rangers in Viet Nam. One of our LRRP team missions is featured in this book. This mission turned out to be my last and it became very close to becoming my final day on earth. Thank you Gary for telling our story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2002

    Phantom Heroes

    Another great book from this former lurp! Mr.Linderer is one of the best military authors of our time. No punches pulled,just the straight truth about the Viet-Nam conflict and the special heroes we call Rangers. In this first book Linderer begins to tell the stories of every LRRP,LRP,and Ranger company that served in Viet-Nam. The stories are interesting and exciting to read. This is a must for anyone interested in military history. save time and get both books at once!

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