Sog: Secret Wars of America's Commandos in Vietnam

Sog: Secret Wars of America's Commandos in Vietnam

by John L. Plaster

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Overview

“The most comprehensive examination of widespread covert American actions during the Vietnam War.”—Kirkus Reviews

Code-named the Studies and Observations Group, SOG was the most secret elite U.S. military unit to serve in the Vietnam War—so secret its very existence was denied by the government. Composed entirely of volunteers from such ace fighting units as the Army Green Berets, Air Force Air Commandos, and Navy SEALs, SOG took on the most dangerous covert assignments, in the deadliest and most forbidding theaters of operation.

Major John L. Plaster, three-tour SOG veteran, shares the gripping exploits of these true American warriors. Here is a minute-by-minute, heartbeat-by-heartbeat account of SOG’s stunning operations behind enemy lines—penetrating heavily defended North Vietnamese military facilities, holding off mass enemy attacks, launching daring missions to rescue downed U.S. pilots. From sabotage to espionage to hand-to-hand combat, these are some of the most extraordinary true stories of honor and heroism in the history of the U.S. military.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451195081
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/01/1998
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 392
Sales rank: 558,813
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.72(h) x 1.12(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Major John L. Plaster is a national authority on sniping, firearms, and special operations, as well as the author of Secret Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines With the Elite Warriors of SOG and SOG: The Secret Wars of America’s Commandos in Vietnam. He served three tours in the top-secret unconventional warfare group, Studies and Observations Group, in Vietnam. As a long-range reconnaissance leader, he led tiny intelligence-gathering teams behind enemy lines in Laos and Cambodia before leaving SOG in late 1971. He was decorated for heroism four times and retired from the U.S. Army as a major.

Table of Contents

Maps: SOG's Theater of Operations 12

1 Colby's Secret War 17

2 Shining Brass 29

3 First Blood 43

4 Code Name Bright Light 60

5 Prairie Fire 74

6 Daniel Boone 95

7 SOG's Darh Arts 116

8 Run Through The Jungle 131

9 The Snatchers 154

10 Bloody 68 175

11 A Pale Blue Ribbon 196

12 Through The Loohing Glass 218

13 Daniel Boone Again 232

14 Guns of The Hatchet Forces 251

15 The Searchers 272

16 Fighting Soldiers From The Shy 290

17 SOG Stands Alone 313

Afterword 339

Glossary 343

Bibliography 349

Index 353

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