The Twins Platoon: An Epic Story of Young Marines at War in Vietnam

The Twins Platoon: An Epic Story of Young Marines at War in Vietnam

by Christy W. Sauro Jr.
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
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."

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 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.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616737535
Publisher:
Zenith Press
Publication date:
11/10/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
509,297
File size:
3 MB

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
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.”

 

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.”

 

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 Sauro Jr., Christy W.

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