Fire Base Illingworth: An Epic True Story of Remarkable Courage Against Staggering Odds

Fire Base Illingworth: An Epic True Story of Remarkable Courage Against Staggering Odds

by Philip Keith
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Fire Base Illingworth: An Epic True Story of Remarkable Courage Against Staggering Odds by Philip Keith

Fire Base Illingworth is an epic, never-before-told true story of a North Vietnamese Army attack and how the men of this nearly overrun Fire Base survived.

In the early morning hours of April 1, 1970, more than four hundred North Vietnamese soldiers charged out into the open and tried to over-run FSB Illingworth. The battle went on, mostly in the dark, for hours. Exposed ammunition canisters were hit and blew up, causing a thunderous explosion inside the FSB that left dust so thick it jammed the hand-held weapons of the GIs. Much of the combat was hand-to-hand. In all, twenty-four Americans lost their lives and another fifty-four were wounded. Nearly one hundred enemy bodies were recovered. It was one of the most vicious small unit firefights in the history of U.S. forces in Vietnam.

As in his acclaimed book Blackhorse Riders, a finalist for the prestigious Colby Award, Phil Keith uncovers a harrowing true story of bravery and sacrifice by the men who fought valiantly to hold FSB Illingworth during the Vietnam War—a tale never-before-told and one that will not be soon forgotten.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250055286
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 11/11/2014
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 431,604
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

PHILIP KEITH became a naval aviator after graduating from Harvard. During three tours in Vietnam, he was awarded, among other decorations, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Air Medal for Gallantry, the Purple Heart, and the Navy Commendation Medal. Keith is also the author of Blackhorse Riders, which was awarded the USA Book Award for Military History. He lives in Southampton, Long Island.

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Fire Base Illingworth: An Epic True Story of Remarkable Courage Against Staggering Odds 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can i pretend being Nook Army and we can have fun wars. I had a RP like this once. Can u do tat? I can have pretend attacks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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jhmJM More than 1 year ago
As another reviewer has noted Mr. Keith has evidently exaggerated his military record and has a 1985 conviction for grand theft in California which was not included in his resume. 
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ncsam More than 1 year ago
Good read, but one should read "Black Horse Riders" first. It really sets up Keith's second book "Fire Base Illingworth" nicely.
Gburks More than 1 year ago
I was in this battle with elements of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. It is true and 99.9 factual. The reason I say that is ...yeah you may miss a small point. Some of the units that were there complained on Phil Keith's writing because they were not mentioned well enough. It happens! But the main issues of this battle was covered. Keith covered a lot of bases getting to the truth...including a phone con with the NVA sapper commander that launched this attack.
efm More than 1 year ago
Great writing, loved his other book also.
1-docent06 More than 1 year ago
very good read, been to some of the fire bases.
32retired More than 1 year ago
The book is a decent read, but contains factual errors.  The story is tarnished by the author's embellishment of his own military record.  Google the authors name and draw your own conclusions.