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Point Man [NOOK Book]

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Chief Petty Officer James "Patches" Watson was there at the start. One of the first to come out of the famed Underwater Demolition Team 21, he was an initial member -- a "plank owner" -- of America's deadliest and most elite fighting force, the U.S. Navy SEALs.

Through three tours in the jungle hell of Vietnam, he walked the point -- staying alert to trip wires, booby traps and punji pits, guiding his squad of amphibious fighters on missions of rescue, reconnaissance and ...

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Overview

Chief Petty Officer James "Patches" Watson was there at the start. One of the first to come out of the famed Underwater Demolition Team 21, he was an initial member -- a "plank owner" -- of America's deadliest and most elite fighting force, the U.S. Navy SEALs.

Through three tours in the jungle hell of Vietnam, he walked the point -- staying alert to trip wires, booby traps and punji pits, guiding his squad of amphibious fighters on missions of rescue, reconnaissance and demolition -- confronting a war's unique terrors head-on, unprotected . . . and unafraid.

This is the story of a hero told from the heart and from the gut -- an authentic tour of duty with one of the most legendary commandoes of the Vietnam War.

Chief Petty Officer James "Patches" Watson was there at the beginning of the Navy SEALs--America's deadliest and most elite fighting force. This is the story of a hero who walked the point through three tours of Vietnam . . . staying alert to trip wires, booby traps and punji pits as he guided his squad on mission after mission. 8-page insert. (Military History)

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Watson led a Navy SEAL unit through three harrowing Vietnam tours between 1967 and 1970, conducting raids, ambushes and prisoner-snatching missons. His memoir, written with freelancer Kevin Dockery, is packed with exciting behind-enemy-lines action sequences, and readers will find the pre-Vietnam material--dealing with the rigorous training the SEALs had to endure--engrossing as well. The narrative, however, is replete with seemingly exaggerated anecdotes glorifying the pluck of the enlisted man: ``We'll be all right, Admiral. Just keep the three Bs coming.'' ``And what might those be, son?'' ``Beer, bullets, and broads!'' And Watson occasionally succumbs to delusions of grandeur: a lowly Navy Chief, he convinces himself that the entire State Department ``wanted my head on a platter.'' Yet for all its macho hot air, this self-portrait of a sailor proud of his deadly accomplishments in the jungles and swamps of the Mekong Delta is highly entertaining. Photos. Aug.
Library Journal
After reading this work, one understands why the U.S. Navy SEALS Sea, Air, Land Commandos are considered to be the best special forces in the world. The book tells the story of the formation of the SEALS and their baptism by fire in Vietnam as seen by chief petty officer Watson, who is a ``plank owner,'' or founding member of the SEALS. The book's title comes from Watson's habit of taking the dangerous lead on patrols during his three tours of duty in Vietnam. His account is as exciting to read as any military thriller. For the lay reader, Watson does a good job of explaining military terms and slang used by the SEALS. This book would make a good companion to SEAL teammate Richard Marcinko's Rogue Warrior LJ 9/1/92 and E.J. Jernigan's Tin Can Man LJ 2/1/93, other histories of navy enlisted men during wartime. Recommended for most libraries and strongly recommended for libraries with military sciences collections.-- Terry Wirick, Erie Cty. Lib. System, Pa.
Roland Green
This is the first published memoir of an enlisted member of the U.S. Navy's special warfare unit, the SEALs. Watson enlisted in the navy during the 1950s, trained with the underwater demolition teams (predecessors of the SEALs), was a member of the first SEAL team, and served three tours of duty in Vietnam. He received numerous decorations and saw enough combat to make up careers for six ordinary men, but he is no ordinary man. Watson is one of nature's warriors and, assisted by the author of "SEALs in Action" (1991), he tells his story grippingly.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061749582
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 139,933
  • File size: 522 KB

Meet the Author

Kevin Dockery is the military historian and field curator for the UDT/SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, Florida. He lives in Michigan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    One of the best SEAL books

    This is now one of my favorite books!

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  • Posted June 28, 2012

    Not Reccomended

    Very poorly written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2004

    A Great Read

    Point Man, by Chief James Watson, is an autobiographical account of Watson and his naval career. As a boy he wanted to join after seeing the movie Frogman. It was a movie about an underwater demolition team (UDT) in the NAVY. That movie inspired him to be a UDT man which was the start of his naval career which in turn lead the writing of this book. His training was intense. He did everything from underwater demolition to helicopter repealing. The stories of his training are both interesting and comical. Many of the stories have to do with drinking and more importantly not getting caught. He gets straight to the point with a bit of hilarious humor. His training brought he and the men that he trained with close together, it also unintentionally made him a SEAL. As a SEAL he did three tours of Vietnam and also visited Cambodia and Japan. While in Vietnam he did ambushes, enemy extractions, weapons cache recoveries, and more. This book is an action packed thriller that¿ll have you laughing out loud. This book is good for anybody who has any kind of interest in the military regardless of branch. It uses a lot of military slang, but it describes each of the terms as they are used as to not to confuse the reader. It is meant for a more mature audience, seeing as it uses some pretty bad ¿military¿ language. After reading it I ask myself the same question Chief Watson asks at the end of the novel, ¿What now¿?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2001

    Bar-non , the best book I've ever picked up !!!!!!!!!!!!

    Chief Watson's bravery and Mr. Dockery's talents in writing combine with the best reading I've ever had the pleasure to enjoy!! I have read other books on this subjuct from men who have been there, some with Chief Watson, and if you want the TRUTH, this is your best bet, GOOD OR BAD.. If you like war, biographies, spies, drama, suspense, or just reading, then this book will make you spend all day waiting to get off work so you can get home to read more. Thank you Chief Watson, for your sacrifice and service to our country, being the first SEAL ever arrested, and most of all, SHARING it all with us. Remember Sir, you have a place in Heaven fore you have spent your time in Hell!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2000

    Great Military Book

    This is an excelent book that describes in the utmost detail what seals went through. I love the book, and having been there congradulate the author on his book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2000

    Jim Watson tells how it really was for the SEALs in Vietnam

    Jim Watson's book follows in the tradition of Richard Marcinko's Rogue Warrior series. His true stories of Vietnam and his CO (Marcinko) really show you how life was during the war.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2000

    This book rules

    If you ever want to read a spectacular book about Navy SEALs and their missions in Vietnam check this book out. It has everything action, sadness, comedy- you name it this book has it. Vividly descriptive and an excellent bedtime story this book will make you proud of the U.S. Navy SEALs.

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