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A fiery first-person account of life in a Long Range Patrol unit--men made to scout, locate and out-guerilla the NVA. This unforgettable story follows Chambers and the Rangers every step of the way--from joining, going through the intensive training of Recondo, and finally taking part in the white-knucke mission in the jungle hell of Vietnam. Original. (Military History)
Posted May 26, 2011
Okay I gave myself 4 stars - shoot me. I'm the author of Recondo I wrote it for three reasons; first Ivy paid me and the check cleared. Second because of my dad. He never talked about his war experience and third, I wanted my kids Christin and Logan to know what I did in Vietnam. How it was my choice to voluntary. That I was proud to have served in the 101st Airborne Division and be a 75th Ranger. (The best part was not having to go to stateside Ranger School)
I wished my dad would have lived to read it. My dad spent thirty years as a soldier, fought in WWII and Korean War. But I don't know what my dad did. His generation didn't talk about war, or about their emotions, or much about anything significant or meaningful-and that omission left me wondering-just what did dear old dad do during the war?
My dad's life was extraordinary; only the details are missing. I just wish dad would have taken an afternoon and jotted down a few pages about his combat experiences, where he was, what units did he serve in and what made him who he was-which has made me who I am. Other than a few Army patches and five rows of his medals, and a Combat Infantryman's Badge with Star I have no content about his military career. The story of my dad is one big f..king mystery.
I didn't want my kids to one day wonder what their Dear old dad did during the Vietnam War- a war that many have put their own spin on, so I wrote about it.
For those of you that decide to write about your personal experiences in combat. I found a lot of healing power in telling my story on paper. I think it would be an especially valuable exercise for other veterans of Nam to write down something.
It was a fortunate accident that got me to write about my own personal combat experience. What I discovered through this process was extraordinary. By writing about the emotionally charged events of my combat experience, I was able to put them where they belong-on paper, and in the past.
Best of luck and good reading
Larry Chambers author of Recondo and Death in the A Shau Valley
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Posted May 1, 2012
It’s really nice to read the story of a normal guy once in awhile. Mr. Chambers’ story is down-to-earth enough that it could have happened to most of us normal soldiers. He made mistakes, got scared at Airborne School, and proudly served his country. That sounds like most of the guys I served with. It’s nice to read some boots on the ground level Vietnam experiences from someone you feel like you understand. This was an enjoyable read and provided a lot of detail on LRP missions and Recondo School. You feel like these are the types of experiences you or your brother could have had if you were the right age to have been in Vietnam. This book is worth your time to track down and read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 6, 2004
This book definitely gives a new account to the Vietnam experience. Alot of movies give such a bad stereotype of the experience. this book does give you the realities of jungle fighting in Vietnam; the harshness of it; but it also shows the good sides of being there and the positive sides of it from the soldiers point of view. You see in the book how he was 'just and ordinary soldier' who went to vietnam. A cherry. He made the choice to go into the LRRPs voluntary. In the unit, you see how the people in the unit took care of him. One thing in the book which opened my eyes, was how the soldiers cared for each other. How if one died it effected the rest of the group. Different from the stereotype of Vietnam where people didn't care about each other or the soldiers were victims. This book shows the US soldier the way he should be. On the offensive. Taking it to the enemy. The book was great in showing the development chambers from a cherry to a veteran and how he loved what he did. How he felt proud that his dad would be proud of what he was doing and in a sense carrying on a family tradition. You also see his political view with the war. It is gung-ho but gung-ho with reality, he shows how scared he was on every mission. It never goes away but you find ways to deal with it and FIDO midset. The book also shows well the hardship of coming back to civilian life. Overall, it showed his experiences in Vietnam and the comradery and thoroughness of the LRRPs special forces recondo group.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 10, 2014
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