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Killer Kane: A Marine Long-Range Recon Team Leader in Vietnam, 1967-1968
     

Killer Kane: A Marine Long-Range Recon Team Leader in Vietnam, 1967-1968

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by Andrew R. Finlayson
 

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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

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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.

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“excellent...deserves our full and undivided attention”—Leatherneck Magazine; “diminishes none of the luster but dispels many of the myths. Finlayson led 34 long-range reconnaissance and surveillance...and ultimately ambush...patrols into some of the most contested areas of the Vietnam War. That the team suffered very few wounded and just one killed...by lightning of all things...is a testament to Finlayson’s leadership, skill, and tenacity...accurately depicts operations...forthright...written in a mood of almost ecstatic disquiet...engaging”—Proceedings; “recommended...well-written...McFarland, has done the serious reader of Marine Corps Officers memoirs a service. This book ranks right up there at the top of the genre’s heap”—The VVA Veteran; “a larger work of wisdom and eloquence that generously gives high tribute and deserved honor.”—Catholicism.org; “detailed...integrates the perspective of his younger self, relying on letters he wrote home from the war, with a more mature perspective, drawing on military primary sources...extensive glossary”—Reference & Research Book News.

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ISBN-13:
9781476612140
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
09/12/2013
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
104,408
File size:
15 MB
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Meet 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.

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Killer Kane: A Marine Long-Range Recon Team Leader in Vietnam, 1967-1968 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous 11 months ago
Great book about nam ties in a lot of other books recon bn and force recon