With the explosive firepower of his military classics Marine Sniper and Silent Warrior, Charles Henderson gives a startlingly realistic account of the Marines’ hellish introduction to a new kind of warfare in Vietnam—and the raw truth about how it produced a new kind of American soldier.
In 1965, the U.S. Marines landed in Vietnam. It was supposed to be just another deployment. America was going to do what the French before them could not—clean up that dirty little brush war in South Vietnam. But, new to the front lines, the Marines were experiencing the smoke and bloodshed of war for the first time. That year, the war’s carnage became frighteningly real to television audiences back home—but the Marines were already displaying the fighting courage of experienced heroes. They had quickly learned the first rule of combat: Kill or be killed.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.93(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Charles Henderson is a veteran of more than twenty-three years in the United States Marine Corps, with a distinguished career spanning from Vietnam to the Gulf War, after which he retired as a Chief Warrant Officer. He is the author of the critically acclaimed military classics Marine Sniper and Silent Warrior, which first chronicled the exploits of USMC sniper Carlos Hathcock. He is also the author of Marshalling the Faithful, Goodnight Saigon, Jungle Rules, and the fictional Jack Valentine Marine Sniper series.
Table of Contents
Marshalling the FaithfulPreface
1. Vietnam's War: Why America Joined the Fight
2. Noises in the Wire
3. . . . Then Turn Left
4. Learning Guerrilla
5. First Firefight
6. Going After Charlie
7. Going South
8. Back to Cam Ne: Zippos and CBS News
9. Hunting Charlie
10. Cornering Charlie
12. Charlie Regroups
13. Mad Dogs and Riverines
14. Round-Eyed Charlie
16. B.C.'s Beer Bust