In mid-December 1968, after recovering from wounds susatined in a murderous mission, Gary Linderer returned to Phu Bai to comlpete his tour of duty as a LRP. His job was to find the enmy, observe him, or kill himall the while behind enemy lines, where success could be as dangerous as discovery.
|Publisher:||Random House Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||4.18(w) x 6.88(h) x 0.85(d)|
About the Author
Gary Linderer is the publisher of Behind the Lines, a magazine that specializes in US military special operations. He served in Vietnam with the LRPs of the 101st Airborne Division, earning two Silver Stars, the Bronze Star with V device (for valor), the Army Commendation Medal with V device, and two Purple Hearts.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Describes LRRP/Ranger missions well.
Another great book from one of the best military authors of our time! An easy to read writting style that brings you up close and personal to the action and the men in the stories. If your familiar with this true American's other works you have to add this to your collection. If you have'nt read any of Linderer's other books,buy this book and Eyes of the Eagle. These to books should be read together with Eyes of the Eagle first. Gary Linderer is a true to life Hero and a great Author! feel free to E-mail me and tell me how you liked the book.
This is one of those books that stays with you. Had to quit reading late one night and left the story where they were socked in by fog. Got up later that morning to go to work and opened the door expecting to see nothing but fog. This book was well written and I really loved the humor that was remembered by the author. We all had close friends that we worked with and remember the 'newbies' that had to prove themselves to take an old players place. Linderer was a team leader that not all were blessed with. He knew what he was doing and worked hard to keep his people alive.
The following is stated on the cover of Gary Linderer's books: "Gary A. Linderer is the publisher of `Behind the Lines,' a magazine that specializes in U.S. military special operations. In Vietnam, he earned two Silver Stars, the Bronze Star with V device (for Valor), the Army Commendation Medal with V device, and two Purple Hearts. His first two books were selected by the Military Book Club."
Gary Linderer has consistently claimed to have earned two Silver Stars and two Purple Hearts, all for the same day's combat in Vietnam, on 20 November 1968. He used these high honors to enhance his professional reputation and credibility as an author and his fitness to be consulted as an expert on LRP operations. Records I obtained in 2000 by FOIA request from the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, MO., refute Mr. Linderer's claims of two Silver Stars and two Purple Hearts for the same day's combat actions of 20 November 1968. Because Mr. Linderer has lied about his medals, according to the NPRC records, then readers have to view everything Mr. Linderer writes in his book with a skeptical eye. The text of Linderer's NPRC record is as follows:
National Personnel Records Center Military Personnel Records
9700 Page Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63132-5100
OFFICIAL LIST OF AWARDS The Official Military Records of GARY A. LINDERER [SSN removed] show that he is authorized the following awards and decorations for his service in the US Army:
BRONZE STAR MEDAL W/FIRST OAK LEAF CLUSTER AND "V" ARMY COMMENDATION MEDAL
W/FIRST OAK LEAF CLUSTER AIR MEDAL
GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL NATIONAL DEFENSE
VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL W/4 BRONZE SERVICE STARS
COMBAT INFANTRYMAN BADGE
REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM CAMPAIGN RIBBON W/DEVICE (1960)
REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM GALLANTRY CROSS W/PALM UNIT CITATION BADGE SHARPSHOOTER
BADGE W/RIFLE & MACHINE GUN BARS EXPERT BADGE W/AUTO RIFLE BAR
R. L. HINDMAN,