Vietnam: The Bloodbath at Hamburger Hill

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Mike Serrano, Arthur Wiknik, and Frank Boccia were young U.S. soldiers fighting in Vietnam. In May 1969, their division was ordered to capture a small mountain called Hamburger Hill. They thought the assault would be easy.

Then the enemy came out of hiding.

The fighting was brutal, but Serrano, Wiknik, and Boccia survived. Here, they tell their stories.

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Mike Serrano, Arthur Wiknik, and Frank Boccia were young U.S. soldiers fighting in Vietnam. In May 1969, their division was ordered to capture a small mountain called Hamburger Hill. They thought the assault would be easy.

Then the enemy came out of hiding.

The fighting was brutal, but Serrano, Wiknik, and Boccia survived. Here, they tell their stories.

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Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
In mid-May 1968, American troops stormed positions held by North Vietnamese regulars on a hilltop in the A Shau Valley in the northern portion of South Vietnam. What followed was a ten-day battle for control of this hilltop. Early on in the battle, the scale of violence and bloodshed led American soldiers to call this mountain top Hamburger Hill. This bloody battle in the Vietnam War is the subject of this volume in the illustrated "24/7 Goes to War" series. As in other books of this fine series, this volume approaches an historical event through the perspectives of a handful of participants. In this case, three American soldiers who fought at Hamburger Hill tell their story to provide readers with insights about the battle at large. This "you are there" approach to history works well and results in a concise and valuable look at a pivotal battle. Through the words and experiences of American soldiers, readers will come away with a better understanding not only of this particular battle but also the entire Vietnam War and its costs. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531254516
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/14/2009
  • Series: 24/7 Goes to War Series: On the Battlefield
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The War in Vietnam 8

1 May 10-12: "Into the Killing Zone" 14

Lieutenant Frank Boccia thought taking Hamburger Hill would be easy

Then the enemy came out of hiding

2 May 14-16: "I'm Going to Die Here" 28

In Private Mike Serrano's platoon, the guys all looked out for each other

But when they were ambushed, only one man could save them

3 May 18-20: "A Nightmare Come to Life" 42

With bullets spraying dirt in his face, Sergeant Arthur Wiknik was sure he was about to die

That's when he did something crazy

Postscript: Home from the War 54

Afterword: War Wounds 56

Timeline 58

Resources 59

Dictionary 60

Index 62

About this Book 64

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