Phase Line Green: The Battle for Hue, 1968

Phase Line Green: The Battle for Hue, 1968

by Nicholas Warr, J. P. London

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ISBN-13: 9781591149217
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Publication date: 01/15/2013
Pages: 235
Sales rank: 538,245
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author


Nicholas Warr grew up on a small farm in Oregon and attended Brigham Young University and the University of Oregon before enlisting, at the age of twenty, in the Marine Corps in June 1966. He attended OCS in Quantico, Virginia, and was commissioned in March 1967. This first assignment as a second lieutenant sent him to WestPac from November 1967 until December 1968.

War was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for participation in Operation Hue City and was honorably discharged as a first lieutenant in March 1970. Today he enjoys a successful career in computer technology sales. He lives in Alpine, California with his wife, Pamela, and continues to work on writing projects.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction Jack Shulimson xv

1 A Conversation with a Dead Dog 1

2 The Longest Night 10

3 Lang Co Village: In the Eye of the Storm 29

4 Phu Bai: Mess Hall Chow 39

5 Wading through Deep Shit 50

6 The Citadel 60

7 Whiskey Boats on the Perfume River 77

8 The Backdoor Approach 86

9 Phase Line Green 98

10 Coping with Disaster: A Dead Dog Day Afternoon 121

11 Life Is Renewed in the City of Death 131

12 The Return of Heavy Firepower 145

13 Snipers' Lair 155

14 The Night Movement 173

15 Coke-Bottle Glasses 181

16 Prisoner of War 197

17 The Effectiveness of Chemical Warfare 207

18 Aftermath, and a Dying Pig 217

Epilogue: Commanding Officer's Comments 229

Index 233

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Phase Line Green: The Battle for Hue, 1968 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
bobbaldwinTX More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books to come out of the Viet Nam War. Painfully accurate and correct.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A man takes you to res one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well my work here is done. Pierce broke up with you and he now hates you. *Walks out
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DOCPROCNWK More than 1 year ago
Just as I remembered back when I was a YOUNG jAR-RINE at Dong Ha,RVN IN 1967-1968 DURING Tet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have three or four dozen first hand accounts about the Vietnam War. My own experience was first hand. What is most interesting about Warr's account is the loss of most of his platoon command in taking back Hue during the Tet offensive. The isolation he felt after the loss and his Company Commander relegating him to observer status leaves him in a situation not often seen within war's many sided scenarios. I found his descriptions to be real and his tone set the sense of loss that he felt. A very worthwhile read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This account from a (then) 2nd Lieutenant in the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines during the Battle for Hue city during and right after the Tet Offensive of 1968 depictes the conditions, step by step of that epic battle. However, more importantly, he honestly describes the effects (psychologically) of having his life continuously threatened and witnessing the horror and terror of war on a daily basis. He clearly describes how the trauma of living through life threatening situation after threatening situation turns you into a sort of robot, sort of catatonic from the continuous stream of paralyzing fear as well as the almost non stop overload of gruesome scenes invading ones senses. This man was clearly very marked by his experience in Vietnam, and obviously has a tremendous amount of sensitivity towards the human condition, espcially after having witnessed how bad it can get. After reading his book, you really appreciate the fact that there are countless unsung heros in Vietnam that have been lost to history and time, but whose feats are truely heroic in every sense.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Phase Line Green is an outstanding read, gripping and compelling true story of the Marines battle for Hue. I couldnt put it down a must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a Vietnam vet, and have read several books about Vietnam. They are all, very good, but this one is, by far, my favorite! I just finished reading 'Chickenhawk'...excellent book. I believe the people in the movie industry would do well bringing 'Phaseline Green' to the screen. Dan Hopp
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading this book this evening. As an Army officer in Vietnam in 1969-70, my tour was quiet compared to Tet '68. Writer tells of another example of not letting us win with the facilities we had at our disposal. One thinks of just the Marines lost from the writers company before the use of heavy weapons was approved. We all had to deal with the approval by the province chief before we could take action. That sucked. To be successful, we had to cheat i.e. Laos and Cambodia. I will always remember the saying 'In War there are no Rules'. I feel that the company commander did lose confidence in the writer and that was why he was not used as replacement leader until there was no one left. Writer did apologize for some things that happened. This really made this a heartwarming book. I feel that this also helped him with the battle that many had after returning home from Vietnam. Being down in III Corp, it was interesting to read about the situation in an area of Vietnam I was not familiar with.