Secret Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines with the Elite Warriors of SOG

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The Leading Historian of SOG, the elite commando unit in Vietnam, tells the astonishing story of the SOG warriors who penetrated enemy lines in operations directed at the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

The warriors of SOG -- code-name'd the Studies and Observations Group -- were a secret operations force in Vietnam, the forerunner of today's Delta Force and SEALs. Highly skilled Green Berets, they were the bravest of the brave, the most highly decorated unit in the war. Chief among their ...

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The Leading Historian of SOG, the elite commando unit in Vietnam, tells the astonishing story of the SOG warriors who penetrated enemy lines in operations directed at the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

The warriors of SOG -- code-name'd the Studies and Observations Group -- were a secret operations force in Vietnam, the forerunner of today's Delta Force and SEALs. Highly skilled Green Berets, they were the bravest of the brave, the most highly decorated unit in the war. Chief among their activities was observing the Ho Chi Minh Trail, the main North Vietnamese supply route into South Vietnam, and disrupting its operations. SOG warriors secretly penetrated deep into Laos and Cambodia to identify bombing targets, destroy troops, ambush trucks, mine roads, and, in their most difficult assignment, capture North Vietnamese soldiers for intelligence purposes.

Operating in the most dangerous conditions imaginable -- always outnumbered, often by as much as 100 to 1 -- SOG commandos matched wits with an unrelenting for that hunted them with trackers and dogs. They suffered an extraordinarily high casualty rate. Ten entire teams disappeared and another fourteen were overrun and annihilated. Many of the missions run by SOG fighters were rescues and attempted rescues of fellow soldiers and downed helicopter pilots who supported SOG missions. In Secret Commandos, a riveting account of his years in SOG from 1969 to 1971, John Plaster describes his own remarkable covert missions as well as those of dozens of his comrades. He takes readers from his grueling training for SOG to his heart-stopping first assignments to his experiences as a SOG veteran and team leader. Even as SOG's field of operations became more limited late in the war, these accomplished warriors continued to give their all, fighting for each other.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780684856735
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 5/4/2004
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.62 (h) x 1.27 (d)

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John L. Plaster served three one-year tours with SOG, eventually retiring as a major. He is the author of SOG and The Ultimate Sniper.
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Table of Contents

Preface xi
Maps xii
Author's Note 1
Part 1 Fort Bragg 3
Part 2 Recon 25
Part 3 Covey 267
Afterword 345
Index 351
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2004

    amazing

    this is a detailed book about studies and observation groups in vietnam....amazing afterword and you can learn from every little fact...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2004

    non stop adventure

    this is one of the best books I have ever read.It keeps you on edge from beginning to end. follow John Plaster through the jungles of Cambodia, along the ho chi min trail.He slowly learns how to survive and them leads men on ambushes, prisoner snathchs, truck demolitions,and info gathering.many of his buddies are killed along the way, but the missions must go on.after many years on the ground, John takes a job flying above the jungle with Covey pilots protecting his fellow warriors.Don't miss this book, it rocks. sal pellegrini timonium, maryland

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2004

    Even better than SOG: The Secret Wars of America's Commandos in Vietnam

    This book tells about Plaster's personal recruitment and experiences in SOG. It also tells the stories of many of his close friends during the three years that he served in Vietnam. John Plaster is a humble war hero that deserves our respect.

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