The leader of one of the most successful U. S. Marine long range reconnaissance teams during the Vietnam War, Andrew Finlayson recounts his team’s experiences in the year leading up to the Tet Offensive of 1968. Using primary sources, such as Marine Corps unit histories and his own weekly letters home, he presents a highly personal account of the dangerous missions conducted by this team of young Marines as they searched for North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong units in such dangerous locales as Elephant Valley, the Enchanted Forest, Charlie Ridge, Happy Valley and the Que Son Mountains.
In numerous close contacts with the enemy, the team (code-name Killer Kane) fights for its survival against desperate odds, narrowly escaping death time and again. The book gives vivid descriptions of the life of recon Marines when they are not on patrol, the beauty of the landscape they traverse, and several of the author’s Vietnamese friends. It also explains in detail the preparations for, and the conduct of, a successful long range reconnaissance patrol.
|Publisher:||McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Andrew R. Finlayson served for 25 years in the U. S. Marine Corps retiring as a Colonel and went on to work in the defense industry in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq and Romania. He is the author of several defense and intelligence related articles and studies. He lives in Morrisville, North Carolina.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments 1
1 Preparing for Battle 5
2 Lost Friends and Deep in Enemy-Held Territory 29
3 Killer Kane Goes on the Attack 62
4 More Patrols 77
5 The Summer of Living Dangerously 110
6 The Yellow Brick Road 145
7 Happy Valley 173
8 Swift Scout Makes Its Debut 198
9 Okinawa and Home 224
Recommended Reading 273
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My Father served with the Colonel and became Killer Kane from 66 -67. My little brother and I worshiped these guys growing up although we never really heard about much about them. We did get to thumb through some of the pictures that he brought home and for a time, hardly a day went by that either my brother or I weren't wearing his "tiger stripes." Because of my father my brother became a policeman and I became a grunt Marine. His influence didn't stop there. My little petite baby sister flies extremely large helicopters for a living. You see, something special happened living under the loving care and guidance of a "Killer Kane" Marine. His experiences made him special. Combat can change a person in many ways. Lord knows I have struggled. My father mentioned to me once that Vietnam "straitened him out." I can only speculate that the reason he never showed (at least outwardly) any negative effects of war must be directly related to having been part of such fine group of Marines. I salute every of you and I love you all, my hero's and brothers. Semper Fidelis!
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