Mobile Guerrilla Force

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Without artillery support, without reinforcements, they turned a suicide mission into a success.

Battered and depleted by the Vietcong guerrillas' sadistic style of warfare, allied intelligence unleashed their secret weapon: an experimental Army Special Forces unit that the government brass didn't know existed. They used the enemy's booby-trapped trails and grenade-in-you-backpack tactics in a sprawling mass of jungle.

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Overview

Without artillery support, without reinforcements, they turned a suicide mission into a success.

Battered and depleted by the Vietcong guerrillas' sadistic style of warfare, allied intelligence unleashed their secret weapon: an experimental Army Special Forces unit that the government brass didn't know existed. They used the enemy's booby-trapped trails and grenade-in-you-backpack tactics in a sprawling mass of jungle.

James C. Donahue, a member of Operation Blackjack-31, chronicles the treacherous trek through War Zone D by thirteen handpicked Green Berets who infiltrated the VC's "secret zone" and proved just how far determination can go.

James C. Donahue, a member of Operation Blackjack-31, chronicles the treacherous trek through War Zone D by 13 handpicked Green Berets who infiltrated the VC's "secret zone" and provided just how far determination can go. Photo insert. HC: Naval Institute Press.

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"Donahue has captured the sight, scent, and emotions of the ultimate unconventional soldier in this highly accurate account of the guerilla fighter in Vietnam." —David Christian, Past National Commander, Legion of Valor, Author of Victor Six

"Jim Donahue tells it like it was. Mobile Guerilla Force is an outstanding book. A must read for Vietnam vets." —Allen "Gunner" Kent, Past Commander in Chief, Veterans of Foreign Wars

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312961640
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

James C. Donahue joined the Marine Corps when he was seventeen years old and subsequently served with the Marines through the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Once discharged from the Corps, he enlisted in the Army and volunteered for Special Forces. As a Green Beret, he served with the 6th and 7th Special Forces Groups (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Vietnam. Donahue fought with Detachment A-343 at Duc-Phong and Mobile Guerrilla Force Detachments A-303, A-304, A-361, B-36 at Bien-Hoa, No-Ngoc-Tao, and Trang-Sup.

After earning a bachelor's degree in anthropology and a master's degree in social sciences at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Donahue went to work for the U.S. Department of Labor's Veteran's Employment and Training Service, and currently serves as assistant director. His first book, No Greater Love, was awarded the Freedom Foundation's George Washington Honor Medal. He lives in Glenwood, New York.

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