Point Man

Point Man

by James Watson, Kevin Dockery

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Point Man by James Watson, Kevin Dockery

Chief Petty Officer James "Patches" Watson was there at the start. One of the first to come out of the famed Underwater Demolition Team 21, he was an initial member -- a "plank owner" -- of America's deadliest and most elite fighting force, the U.S. Navy SEALs.

Through three tours in the jungle hell of Vietnam, he walked the point -- staying alert to trip wires, booby traps and punji pits, guiding his squad of amphibious fighters on missions of rescue, reconnaissance and demolition -- confronting a war's unique terrors head-on, unprotected . . . and unafraid.

This is the story of a hero told from the heart and from the gut -- an authentic tour of duty with one of the most legendary commandoes of the Vietnam War.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061749582
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 75,132
File size: 553 KB

About the Author

Kevin Dockery is the military historian and field curator for the UDT/SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, Florida. He lives in Michigan.

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Point Man 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’ve read close to 100 books about the Viet Nam war. This is my first about the role of the Navy Seals. My brother was a crew chief on Dust Off stationed in Bin Thuy. He talked about the Seals and held them in very high regard. I truly enjoyed the tremendous effort put forth by the authors. A great read it was!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is now one of my favorite books!
FrostyLP More than 1 year ago
Very poorly written.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Chief Watson's bravery and Mr. Dockery's talents in writing combine with the best reading I've ever had the pleasure to enjoy!! I have read other books on this subjuct from men who have been there, some with Chief Watson, and if you want the TRUTH, this is your best bet, GOOD OR BAD.. If you like war, biographies, spies, drama, suspense, or just reading, then this book will make you spend all day waiting to get off work so you can get home to read more. Thank you Chief Watson, for your sacrifice and service to our country, being the first SEAL ever arrested, and most of all, SHARING it all with us. Remember Sir, you have a place in Heaven fore you have spent your time in Hell!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excelent book that describes in the utmost detail what seals went through. I love the book, and having been there congradulate the author on his book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jim Watson's book follows in the tradition of Richard Marcinko's Rogue Warrior series. His true stories of Vietnam and his CO (Marcinko) really show you how life was during the war.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you ever want to read a spectacular book about Navy SEALs and their missions in Vietnam check this book out. It has everything action, sadness, comedy- you name it this book has it. Vividly descriptive and an excellent bedtime story this book will make you proud of the U.S. Navy SEALs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Point Man, by Chief James Watson, is an autobiographical account of Watson and his naval career. As a boy he wanted to join after seeing the movie Frogman. It was a movie about an underwater demolition team (UDT) in the NAVY. That movie inspired him to be a UDT man which was the start of his naval career which in turn lead the writing of this book. His training was intense. He did everything from underwater demolition to helicopter repealing. The stories of his training are both interesting and comical. Many of the stories have to do with drinking and more importantly not getting caught. He gets straight to the point with a bit of hilarious humor. His training brought he and the men that he trained with close together, it also unintentionally made him a SEAL. As a SEAL he did three tours of Vietnam and also visited Cambodia and Japan. While in Vietnam he did ambushes, enemy extractions, weapons cache recoveries, and more. This book is an action packed thriller that¿ll have you laughing out loud. This book is good for anybody who has any kind of interest in the military regardless of branch. It uses a lot of military slang, but it describes each of the terms as they are used as to not to confuse the reader. It is meant for a more mature audience, seeing as it uses some pretty bad ¿military¿ language. After reading it I ask myself the same question Chief Watson asks at the end of the novel, ¿What now¿?