Valor in Vietnam: Chronicles of Honor, Courage and Sacrifice: 1963 - 1977

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2014 Military Writers Society of America Awards Finalists

Every war continues to dwell in the lives it touched, in the lives of those living through that time, and in those absorbed by its historical significance. The Vietnam War lives on famously and infamously dependent on political points of view, but those who have ?been there, done that? have a highly personalized window on their time of that history. Valor in Vietnam focuses on nineteen stories of Vietnam, stories of ...

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Overview


2014 Military Writers Society of America Awards Finalists

Every war continues to dwell in the lives it touched, in the lives of those living through that time, and in those absorbed by its historical significance. The Vietnam War lives on famously and infamously dependent on political points of view, but those who have “been there, done that” have a highly personalized window on their time of that history. Valor in Vietnam focuses on nineteen stories of Vietnam, stories of celebrated characters in the veteran community, compelling war narratives, vignettes of battles, and the emotional impact on the combatants. It is replete with leadership lessons as well as valuable insights that are just as applicable today as they were forty years ago.

This is an anecdotal history of America’s war in Vietnam composed of firsthand narratives by Vietnam War veterans presented in chronological order. They are intense, emotional, and highly personal stories. Connecting each of them is a brief historical commentary of that period of the war, the geography of the story, and the contemporary strategy written by Lewis Sorley, West Point class of 1956, and author of A Better War and Westmoreland.

With a foreword by Lt. Gen. Dave R. Palmer, U.S. Army (Ret.), Valor in Vietnam presents a historical overview of the war through the eyes of participants in each branch of service and throughout the entire course of the war. Simply put, their stories serve to reflect the commitment, honor, and dedication with which America’s veterans performed their service.

Allen B. Clark graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1963. Two years later, in 1965, he volunteered for service in Vietnam and was assigned to the Fifth Special Forces Group. He was wounded in an early-morning mortar attack on the Dak To Special Forces camp on June 17, 1967, that necessitated the amputation of both legs below his knees. He lives in Dallas, Texas, and is the author of Wounded Soldier, Healing Warrior, the story of his journey of healing.

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“...a moving collection of first-person accounts covering a broad range of experiences in the Vietnam War. Advisors, Special Forces soldiers, members of ground combat units, aviators and medical personnel are all represented in this inspired approach. Each individual narrative is placed into an appropriate context, and the results—while impressionistic—are powerful and compelling. The stories will resonate with Vietnam veterans and help explain their war to those who did not share their service.
BG Harold Nelson, U. S. Army (Retired), Former Chief of Military History and President of the Army Historical Society. General Editor of The Army.

“Allen Clark has provided a well-informed, compelling compilation of the “up close and personal” side of the Vietnam War in his masterful chronicle of first person stories. Valor in Vietnam: Chronicles of Honor, Courage and Sacrifice is an accurate history of remembered experiences by some of the countless men and women who were instrumental in our nation’s successes in that war. These gripping stories highlight the dedication, commitment and professional expertise of our nation’s combat forces – a must read.

Vice Admiral David B. Robinson, USN (Ret), Navy Cross recipient

After attending a special event sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Dallas honoring Allen and his most recent book, I headed home to read this most stirring, but often painful account of 22 personal stories that also fit well into a comprehensive history of the Viet Nam Conflict.
I was not disappointed.

As stated in the Foreward:

"It verges on being allegorical--portraying and explaining the abstract by means of concrete forms. In this case, the forms are drawn from those who served in Viet Nam."

Dave R. Palmer, Lt. Gen., U.S. Army (ret)

“Enthralling first person accounts of dedication and extraordinary heroism make reading this book a must!...insights and valuable leadership lessons that are just as valid now as they were four decades ago.”
Toy Soldier and Model Figure

wonderful, fresh look at one of the most seminal events in the life of those who experienced the 1960s and 1970s. You experience the Vietnam War from the personal point of view of some of the men and women who were there. You get both a unique boots on the ground and narrative perspective. ...The book is full of wonderful, well told stories that sequentially take us through the war. The stories of men and women of various branches of service and ranks, both officer and enlisted gives a you were there feel...Congratulations to author Allen B. Clark and Casemate Publishing. You have published a special book.
Kepler's Military History

“It has taken over 40 years for history to begin to position this war in its proper perspective. As one of the countless Vietnam veterans who returned home to an unwelcomed celebration of jeers, catcalls, frowns, being spit at, and called a “baby killer’, this book comforts me; and I believe it will help to bring forth a solidity and resolution of spirit within all who served, of pride and of the purpose for the war service we gave, but for so long have not felt. It will also help those who did not serve in this war tounderstand it far better.

Andrew J. Corttingham, M.D Col, USA (Ret) Helotes Echo Newspaper

“I highly recommend this book for all military readers. Younger military readers will not be disappointed in the legacy of bravery and courage in demanding, trying and difficult circumstances American servicemen labored under in Vietnam. Indeed, our brave young soldiers today are descendants of the Vietnam generation and are likely to learn that the more things change, the more they remain the same. This is not only a tremendous tribute to our Vietnam veterans; it is a great book to inspire our future warriors.
With its combat leadership lessons, it provides an excellent link to current battlefield tactics, techniques and procedures.
LTC Edwin l. Kennedy Jr, ARMY Magazine

"This is a great book for young people to understand what their parents' generation experienced in a tough war against an unrelenting foe. The Veterans today can hold their heads high because of the stories like those told in Valor in Vietnam that chronicle the best attributes of Americans."
Armchair General

“…full of wonderful, well told stories that sequentially take us through the war. The stories of men and women of various branches of service and ranks, both officer and enlisted gives a you were there feel.”
Irish Defence Forces Veterans Association

“The author has brought together a very well balanced set of stories and successfully uses these to tell the story of the Vietnam War. For me the best thing is the balance. The majority of the stories are about soldiers in combat but bringing in a few accounts about the work of others not on the frontline directly gives fully rounded picture of the military aspects of the war (the impact on Vietnamese civilians is not told directly but is referred to throughout the text). General students of warfare will also find this book to their liking for the same reasons-the overview of different aspects of men and women at war.”
Wargamer

"...focuses on nineteen stories of Vietnam, stories of celebrated figures in the veteran community, compelling war narratives, vignettes if battles, and the emotional impact on the combatants. It is replete with leadership lessons and valuable insights that are just as applicable today as they were forty years ago...intense, emotional and highly personal."
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Wargamer
The author has brought together a very well balanced set of stories and successfully uses these to tell the story of the Vietnam War. For me the best thing is the balance. The majority of the stories are about soldiers in combat but bringing in a few accounts about the work of others not on the frontline directly gives fully rounded picture of the military aspects of the war (the impact on Vietnamese civilians is not told directly but is referred to throughout the text). General students of warfare will also find this book to their liking for the same reasons-the overview of different aspects of men and women at war...
Irish Defence Forces Veterans Association
...full of wonderful, well told stories that sequentially take us through the war. The stories of men and women of various branches of service and ranks, both officer and enlisted gives a you were there feel.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612000954
  • Publisher: Casemate Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/24/2012
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 703,567
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Lt. Gen. (ret.) Dave R. Palmer 7

Introduction 9

Historical Overview: The War in Brief 13

Chapter 1 Early Special Forces "A" Teams in South Vietnam 17

Chapter 2 "How's it Feel to be the Man that Started World War III?" 33

Chapter 3 Vietnamization to Americanization 50

Chapter 4 Garry Owen (LZs X-Ray and Albany) 65

Chapter 5 The Unlonesome End Story 90

Chapter 6 Take the High Risk, High Reward Route 102

Chapter 7 The Air War and Incredible Rescues 112

Chapter 8 Surrounded on Three Sides! 124

Chapter 9 "Mom, I'm Joining the Marines Again" 138

Chapter 10 A Ranger's Ranger 148

Chapter 11 The Real Horrors of War 165

Chapter 12 Mission of Mercy at Son Tay 177

Chapter 13 Winning Hearts and Minds 188

Chapter 14 The Reluctant Warrior 202

Chapter 15 Coming Home 217

Chapter 16 Ghosts in the A Shau Valley 225

Chapter 17 A Will to Survive 237

Chapter 18 Evacuation of Saigon, 1975 249

Chapter 19 Left Behind 266

Reflections 272

Author's Afterword 274

Acknowledgments 275

Glossary 276

Bibliography 279

Index 282

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    Unfortunately.........

    Mr Clark has assembled some very good anecdotal glimpses into our service in Viet Nam. Unfortunately, he chose to include and promote a few of his own partisan political views, diminishing the objectivity and legitimacy of his work. It is one thing for those of us in the Profession of Arms to objectively present the operative political forces at play, and another to actively promote a partisan position. As a veteran of 35 years service, I found Mr Clark's political rants a bit offensive.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2014

    well-documented and clearly written. highly recommend

    well-documented and clearly written. highly recommend

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    A must for Vietnam Conflict buffs

    I Have read and studied many Vietnam war books from all diferint kinds of sources this book is by far and away the best.The first 50 pages have more solid information about the USA involvement and the what and wherefore of who was there and why they did what they did Than anything I have read to date.
    This is a must addition to any historians collection.
    Amazing work MR.Clark,Well Done!

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  • Posted April 11, 2014

    recommend

    Some interesting revelations. Worth the read if only for details concerning SOG and the Gulf Of Tonkin episode.

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    Posted April 11, 2013

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