Reluctant Warrior; A Marine's True Story of Duty and Heroism in Vietnam

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"ONE OF THE BEST VIETNAM WAR STORIES I'VE EVER READ, one damn good, compelling read. It's almost something out of a Clancy novel, yet it's true. The best thing I can say about it is I didn't want it to end."
--Col. David Hackworth, New York Times bestselling author of About Face

By the spring of 1970, American troops were ordered to pull out of Vietnam. The Marines of 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel "Wild Bill" Drumright, were assigned to cover the withdrawal of 1st Marine Division. ...

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Overview

"ONE OF THE BEST VIETNAM WAR STORIES I'VE EVER READ, one damn good, compelling read. It's almost something out of a Clancy novel, yet it's true. The best thing I can say about it is I didn't want it to end."
--Col. David Hackworth, New York Times bestselling author of About Face

By the spring of 1970, American troops were ordered to pull out of Vietnam. The Marines of 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel "Wild Bill" Drumright, were assigned to cover the withdrawal of 1st Marine Division. The Marines of 1st RECON Bn operated in teams of six or seven men. Heavily armed, the teams fought a multitude of  bitter engagements with a numerically superior and increasingly aggressive enemy.

Michael C. Hodgins served in Company C, 1st RECON Bn (Rein), as a platoon leader. In powerful, graphic prose, he chronicles his experience as a patrol leader in myriad combat situations--from hasty ambush to emergency extraction to prisoner snatch to combined-arms ambush. . . .

"THIS MEMOIR IS GRIPPING."
--American Way

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804111201
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/1/1997
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 342
  • Sales rank: 932,408
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael C. Hodgins enlisted in the United States Marines on July 7, 1964, shortly after his eighteenth birthday. He was commissioned through the Enlisted Commissioning Program in February 1969 and, upon completion of The Basic School, assigned to 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade, then deployed in South Vietnam. He served as an infantry platoon leader in Company H, 2d Battalion, 26th Marines from August 1969 to February 1970, whence he joined Company C, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division. Upon his return from Vietnam, the author served at various posts and stations as an infantry officer until resigning his commission in August 1978. He now resides in La Jolla, California, with his wife and two sons.
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  • Posted February 27, 2011

    Timeless Classic

    This book was once on the Commandant's Reading list and recommended reading for all Marines. Don't know why it was removed: its accounts of courage and sacrifice in Vietnam serve as powerful examples for those fighting today. Servicemembers today would do well to inquire into the life and experience of Hodgins in this book. For that matter, the rest of America would do well to read it, too.

    We hear a lot of lip service given to duty and heroism today. If you need a reminder of what those virtues really mean, look no farther than this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    Great read

    Very good book.

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  • Posted September 2, 2011

    recommended

    well written

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  • Posted June 28, 2011

    Highly Recommended-Reconnaissance Marines at war in Vietnam.

    Reluctant Warrior is a gripping, first-hand account of Marine Lieutenant Michael Hodgins' Vietnam war odyssey. As a Platoon Leader in the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, Mike Hodgins and his recon Marines served as the the eyes and ears of the illustrious 1st Marine Division. 1st Recon's small teams relentlessly went into the enemy's "back yard", the mountainous jungle surrounding Da Nang, to find and engage the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army.

    Mike Hodgins' compelling oral history captures the character, courage and esprit of Reluctant Warrior's young Marines and Corpsmen and provides the reader with timeless lessons in small unit leadership, duty and moral courage.

    For this Vietnam veteran and reconnaissance Marine, Reluctant Warrior vividly and accurately portrays the war that I knew.

    Alpha6

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  • Posted February 26, 2011

    A must read!

    As an infantry and reconnaissance officer this book was a must read for everyone in our community. Hodgins does an incredible job of blending rich history, tactical lessons learned and excitement. It's a must read for anyone interested in history, the Vietnam experience, leadership or just a great read...

    I highly recommend the Reluctant Warrior to everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2007

    SOMETHING THAT WOULD BORE EVEN HIS FATHER

    This is about the worst book about Vietnam I have ever read, no it is the worst. I expected history and battles and what I got was blah, blah, blah about the author's 'brilliant' leadership skills. I can only imagine the bad luck to be stationed under such a self centered, know it all. How did he gain so much leaership in such a short time? Don't waste your time on this book unless you are one of his family members and then you will probaly be bored too. He was the kind of officer we all hated being a former enlisted vet. They knew it all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2003

    Live the moment

    An excellent book on Marine Leadership and how politics of the time affected the war/the eventual outcome!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2003

    OOORAH Marine

    I am a 16 year old teenager who's grandfather fought with the 11th armored division in WWII. He was the one who got me intersted with war and military stories. I juts bought this book a couple of weeks ago and just couldn't put it down. It is a true story that captures the essence of the 1st Recon Batt in Vietnam. If your looking for an action packed, gut wrenching detail, then this is the book for you. OOORAH!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2002

    the best of the best and still going!

    im a 15 year old imature kid who gets f's in school and hates reading even mags! till i had to pick a book for a report in school i decided to get a war novel becuase i like military movies. that was the time i randomley selected relluctant warriors off the shelf and took it home. this book made me love to read via its graphicly honest detail and awsome gory action that made me wish mike hodgins was a real author. he put me in the middle of the action and will sanction you too if you read this book. though it had lots of profanity and military abriviations i still understood the noval and began to develop lots of emotions.

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