During the Vietnam War, a "secret war" was fought across the fence in Laos, Cambodia and North Vietnam, unknown to the media or the public, under the aegis of the Military Assistance Command Vietnam's top secret Studies and Observation Group. SOG's chain of command for missions and after-action reports extended to the White House and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Small Green Beret-lead teams ran missions into Laos, Cambodia, and North Vietnam without assistance from conventional artillery, tank or infantry units. Once on the ground, their sole support was provided by Air Force Tactical Air and helicopter units, U.S. Army and Marine helicopter aviation personnel and aircrews, and from the South Vietnam Air Force's 219th Special Operations Squadron, code named Kingbees.
In Laos, the communists dedicated 50,000 troops to the Ho Chi Minh Trail, including highly trained sappers from the 305th Sapper Battalion, its sole mission: attack SOG teams.
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About the Author
John Peters - Following Special Forces training at Ft. Bragg, he joined MACV-SOG and was assigned to Rhode Island at FOB 1 in Phu Bai. Following its closure, he went to CCC at Kontum, where he continued to run missions. After his release from the Army, he became the Owner’s Representative and Port Captain in Damman, Saudia Arabia for the American steamship company Pacific Far East Lines.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
As a former "Covey" USAF pilot for SOG, I found this book to be as well done as "Across the Fence", the author's first in the series. The Green Beret's had the most dangerous "job" in the war, bar none. Their losses and award's for Purple Hearts were both too high. It was my honor to provide them air cover. - Covey 582
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