The Twins Platoon: An Epic Story of Young Marines at War in Vietnam [NOOK Book]

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In the evening of June 28, 1967, 150 young Americans were sworn into the Marine Corps as part of the pre-game ceremonies of a Minnesota Twins baseball game. Before the end of the fourth inning these volunteers were being hustled on to buses, on their way to boot camp. It was a journey that would take them from a boyhood of baseball in the American heartland to manhood on the killing fields of Vietnam. Christy Sauro was one of the Twins Platoon, and in this book he tells what it was like—from the pomp and ceremony...
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The Twins Platoon: An Epic Story of Young Marines at War in Vietnam

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Overview

In the evening of June 28, 1967, 150 young Americans were sworn into the Marine Corps as part of the pre-game ceremonies of a Minnesota Twins baseball game. Before the end of the fourth inning these volunteers were being hustled on to buses, on their way to boot camp. It was a journey that would take them from a boyhood of baseball in the American heartland to manhood on the killing fields of Vietnam. Christy Sauro was one of the Twins Platoon, and in this book he tells what it was like—from the pomp and ceremony of induction to the all-too-real initiation by fire that would shortly follow: in mere months, he and most of the Twins Platoon were on the ground in Vietnam and promptly faced with some of the toughest fighting of the war, the Siege of Khe Sanh and the Tet Offensive, including the brutal Battle for Hue. From baseball to boot camp to brutal combat, his is a firsthand story of American life being lived at the limits—and changed forever.
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Military Heritage, August 2006
“Every person who has ever been in the military, especially in a combat situation, often wonders what happened to those they served with. Chisty Sauro, in his new book The Twins Platoon, wondered just about that but decided to do something about it. Sauro’s story is an interesting one. After years of exhaustive research, he compiled dozens of taped interviews, questionnaires, and scoured the official records to write an account of what became of individuals who went off to war from his home state of Minnesota…The author does a masterful job of weaving together all the various accounts. Often times it is poignant. From the DMZ to Da Nanag, they served with pride and honor. Sauro and his fellow Marines embody the spirit of the Marine Corps, giving meaning to their motto Semper Fidelis.”

Military Trader Magazine, November 2006
“…powerful, engaging and respectful. In recounting the volunteer experience, Sauro has hit a home run with The Twins Platoon.”

Leatherneck Magazine, September 2006

“The stories [in the Twins Platoon] are told in the words of those Sauro interviewed. Often, the simplicity by which total horrors of the war are described is the most chilling aspect of what we read. Equally cold are the stories of confrontations between the Marines and demonstrating civilians protesting the war. There are few good endings to the stories, but Sauro stays true to the truth, and the result is a book well worth reading…The Twins Platoon is a remarkable achievement, and Christy W. Sauro Jr. is to be commended for the single-mindedness and determination that enabled him to write it.”

Military Book Club, March 2006

"Christy Sauro was a member of the platoon and his battle accounts are incredible. His jarring memoir takes you to some of the craziest fighting in the war where Marines inflicted serious damage on the enemy. But Sauro doesn't shy away from the beating his side took, as well. The tales of Marines falling to the bullets and artillery of the enemy are truly heartbreaking."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616737535
  • Publisher: Zenith Press
  • Publication date: 11/10/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
  • Sales rank: 264,703
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

 Sauro Jr., Christy W.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2010

    A must read for all Americans!!!!

    This is the best military book on the Vietnam War I have ever read! It is a must read of all Americans. Christy Sauro did an amazing job telling the stories of these young marines and what they went through serving their country. Highly recommend this novel to friends and family members!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2006

    I Was There

    When i picked up this book at the store i realized i was at boot camp the same time. I was amember of one of the Chicago platoons he mentioned. It was well written and gave a good description of boot camp. I enjoyed the way he followed some of the men through Nam. A couple of the guys he mentioned i knew from serving with them. I would reccomend this book to anyone who wants to to read about young boys becoming men.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2006

    EXCELENT BOOK

    I found this book to be a very good book, easy reading yet at the same time very disturbing. Having been apart of this era I was aware of some of the things that were going on, however I did not know how terrible our young men were being treated in both boot camp and over in Viet Nam. I have always felt that these young men were never given the praise and honor that they deserved upon their return home. Hopefully it is not too late. I think everyone should read this book. Very good book Christy!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2006

    A Great Story for all Americans

    I read it, my mom and dad read it, several friends read it, and we all were impressed with your story. I was in Vietnam and arrived in Qui Nhon harbor on the day of the Tet offensive and was subsequently sent to the Army base at Nha Trang for the rest of my tour. You have written a great book, a tribute to all Vietnam vets, and a wonderful human interest story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2006

    A personal war

    Even though I served in the Army stateside at the same time Chris Sauro writes about Vietnam, I did not realize what other soldiers were experiencing in that war until I read this book. I'm not sure if it was because he is writing about young men from our area, or some other reason, but this book really conveyed the horrors of war to me more than anything I have ever read or heard or seen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2006

    Great Read - Good History

    'The Twins Platoon' needs to be read by anyone that has served the United States of America in any conflict. It should be read by every American. Christy Sauro provides a true non-political historical accounting of what happened to a group of young men joining the Marine Corp - taking you from boot camp through their tours of duty in Vietnam and their return home. It allows the reader to wear their boots, bringing to reality the horrors of war and the emotional effects it can have. Most veterans of the Vietnam War I know don't talk about their experiences. Through Christy Sauro's book you gain a better understanding why and what the true cost of freedom is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2006

    This book is worth the wait

    The Twins Platoon is a book about young men going to war. It is also a war story about moms, dads, brothers, sisters and friends. Most of all it is about the need to share how men deal with unimaginable stress and pain during and after battle. Christy Sauro has carried this book within for almost 40 years. The book is worth the wait.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2006

    I PURCHASED THREE FOR VIETNAM VETS I KNOW

    AND ALL THREE OF THEM TOLD ME IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST VIETNAM BOOKS THEY HAD READ. I WAS IN THE MARINE CORP RESERVES AND MY BEST FRIEND WAS SENT TO NAM AND DIED SIX MONTHS LATER. THIS BOOK MAKES MARINE CORP TRAINING AND VIET NAM COME TO LIFE. IT ALSO HELPS US ALL UNDERSTAND WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO RETURN TO CIVILIAN LIFE AFTER A WAR THAT WAS HIGHLY CONTROVERSIAL. IT SHOWS THE COMMITMENT OUR SERVICEMEN MADE DURNG AN UNPOPULAR WAR.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2006

    Everyone in America should read this book

    Reading this book I realized how little I knew about the Vietnam war and what the young men and women that fought the war went threw, both in Vietnam and when they returned home. The author does a wonderful job letting us know the people involved. I cried, laughed, got angry, and sad. Reading this book will change you and the way you look at Vietnam Vets, and all in the service of our country. We owe all involved a big Thank You! Thank you Christy Sauro for sharing your story and the story of the Twins Platoon. I realized there are so many vets who have yet to share their stories who still live with the shame instead of the pride they deserve to feel.

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