Six Silent Men

Six Silent Men

by Reynel Martinez

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Six Silent Men by Reynel Martinez

"No way in hell you could survive 'out there' with six men. You couldn't live thirty minutes 'out there' with only six men."                [pg. 13]



In 1965 nearly four hundred men were interviewed and only thirty-two selected for the infant LRRP Detachment of the lst Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. Old-timers called it the suicide unit. Whether conducting prisoner snatches, search and destroy missions, or hunting for the enemy's secret base camps, LRRPs depended on one another 110 percent. One false step, one small mistake by one man could mean sudden death for all.



Author Reynel Martinez, himself a 101st LRRP Detachment veteran, takes us into the lives and battles of the extraordinary men for whom the brotherhood of war was and is an ever-present reality: the courage, the sacrifice, the sense of loss when one of your own dies. In the hills, valleys, and triple-canopy jungles, the ambushes, firefights, and copter crashes, LRRPs were among the best and bravest to fight in Vietnam.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804115667
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/28/1996
Series: 101st Lrp Rangers Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 362
Sales rank: 208,295
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 6.84(h) x 0.99(d)

About the Author

Reynel Martinez is a veteran of the 101st LRRP Detachment. He is the author of Six Silent Men, a military biography of six members of the 101st Airborne Division during the Vietnam War.

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In late May 1965, the Screaming Eagles of the 1st Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division were alert for deployment to the Republic of Vietnam. Two short months later, on 29 July 1965, the 1st Brigade, under the command of Col. James S. Timothy, arrived at Camranh Bay. They arrived trained and honed to a fine-tempered edge, thanks to the efforts of a legendary warrior, Maj. David Hackworth, the brigade operations officer. The 1st Brigade had the finest NCOs and privates that ever laced up a pair of jump boots.
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Six Silent Men 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author takes you beyond the scenes of big unit combat to the actions of 'usually six' men scouting the jungles, mountains and valleys for NVA and VC units and tracking their movements. A small reconaissance unit whose primary purpose is gathering information on the enemy, they become masters of stealth, patience, silence and team work. Always at risk of being discovered they are trained with remarkable E&E'escape and evade' tactics. Too often, very outnumbered, and with no more places in which to escape, they become tiny fighting forces of unbelievable effectiveness, courage and valor. Being skilled in map reading, radio communications, and controlling fire missions with artillery units and air traffic controllers promotes their survival and the demolition of the enemy who are closing in on them or just moving through the jungle unaware of the explosive wrath about to descend on them. These 'Lurps' become a brotherhood enriched by a common bond of trust, ability and commitment. They will leave no one behind. They go in as a unit and come out as a unit. Many of the helicopter pilots who regularly insert and extract them are cut from the same cloth and take incredible risks for the Lurps. Each man has a specific job under the watchful eye of their team leader. Whether moving stealthily or in their night scurity wheel, action is never far away. This author brings it all to life almost as if you are there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
VERY INTENSE AND EASY TO GET IN TO,ALSO VERY HUMBLING!
Anonymous 6 months ago
Our military fought a unpopular war and was never properly recognized for what they did. Politicians lost the war not our military
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