The Vietnam Jungle Speaks: A Conclusive View

The Vietnam Jungle Speaks: A Conclusive View

by George M. Papa, TBD
The Vietnam Jungle Speaks: A Conclusive View

The Vietnam Jungle Speaks: A Conclusive View

by George M. Papa, TBD

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Overview

This illustrated book is a true and rare eye-witness account of what front-line combat was really like in the jungle of Vietnam. Some called it search and destroy. In reality, it was more like expose and retaliate. Written by a front- line Infantry Lieutenant who had a duty to keep as many of his men alive as possible. This book shows the 'boots-on-the-ground' perspective of real soldiers. Relive history with the best non-fiction Vietnam War book written this decade!

The author, Lieutenant George M. Papa, details the time he spent as the Platoon Leader of 3rd Platoon, Alpha Company, of the 1/46 Battalion, of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade of the Americal Division in the 'free-fire' zone of 'Eye Corps', during the Vietnam War.

Lt. Papa's full 13-month tour fell between the North Vietnamese Army's destruction of his battalion headquarters in May 1969 (battle of Landing Zone Professional) and the NVA overrun of that same relocated HQ in March 1971 (battle of LZ Mary Ann). Both of these defeats are detailed.

This last battle was such a disaster that several ranking officers were courts marshaled for dereliction of duty. Because of that investigation and the ensuing depositions, the true and shocking sequence of events during that battle are now accurately portrayed in this book.

In addition to many combat events, Lt. Papa also details the mistakes made by Washington, which included the failure to recognize and to fix the many local religious and social injustices, which fueled that war. The vast majority of the South Vietnamese were Buddhists, who could not vote or advance economically, so they inherently sympathized with their fellow Buddhists from the north to jointly reclaim South Vietnam from the minority, but controlling Catholic converts in the south, who usurped the vestiges of the former 100-year French occupation.

What finally caused the American military withdrawal was increased U.S. public opposition to that unwinnable, costly, and far away carnage. I.e., North Vietnam did not need to militarily smash South Vietnam; it only had to outlast the will of the U.S. people to stay in that conundrum.

After 14 years, the U.S. exit strategy and slogan was 'Peace with Honor'. This desperate policy was to try and save face by merely bolstering the ARVNs (Army of the Republic of Viet Nam), which was made up of primarily unwilling recruits from the majority Buddhist population in the South, to replace the U.S Army, and with little or no air or artillery support, somehow defend the oppressive South Vietnamese government, which was built on bribes, aid diversion and black market activity.

Needless to say, when the U.S. finally pulled the plug and left, the NVA forces surged south virtually unopposed; the corrupt regime in Saigon was rooted out; and they and their sympathizers became the desperate 'boat people'. The U.S. military left so much hardware behind that the NVA suddenly became the fifth best equipped military force in the world. This book is intended to become a movie, which is to be filmed in country, right where it all happened.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781948994088
Publisher: Papa Books
Publication date: 03/15/2020
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

GEORGE PAPA got yanked into the vortex of the Vietnam War just before he got married, at age 24. He quickly rose through the ranks, and two years later, he was commissioned as an officer in the infantry. This book tells what it was like to be a foot soldier in the jungle of Vietnam. Some things were tragic, some things were downright funny. In any event, after going through two actual search and destroy missions with Lt. Papa and his platoon of hardened and sometimes disgusted troops, no reader will ever be the same again. Bear in mind, all of these soldiers got thrown together from all walks of life, which included rich playboys to street-wise 'hoods-who all saw no reason to be there-but who somehow all came together in that crucible of shocking history. Fifty-seven thousand of their names are now chiseled in granite on a vast memorial wall.

Table of Contents

ABBREVIATION GUIDE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ix

INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xi

PROLOGUE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xix

Scene 1: LZ Hawk Hill. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Scene 2: LZ Professional. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Scene 3: In the Air . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32

Scene 4: LZ Professional. . . . . . . . . . . . . .91

Scene 5: LZ Mary Ann . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93

Scene 6: LZ Professional. . . . . . . . . . . . . .97

Scene 7: LZ Mary Ann . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .98

Scene 8: LZ Mildred . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

Scene 9: Chu Lai . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126

Scene 10: Highway One. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132

Scene 11: Jungle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139

Scene 12: LZ Mary Ann . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170

Scene 13: Hanoi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176

Scene 14 LZ Mary Ann . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179

Scene 15: Washington, D.C. . . . . . . . . . . . 181

Scene 16: LZ Mary Ann . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183

Scene 17: Jungle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185

Scene 18: LZ Mary Ann . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187

Scene 19: Jungle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189

Scene 20: NVA Supply Cave . . . . . . . . . . . 195

Scene 21: Enemy Mortar Position . . . . . . . . 197

Scene 22: LZ Mary Ann . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198

Scene 23: LZ Mildred . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202

Scene 24: LZ Mary Ann . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203

Scene 25: LZ Mildred . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 206

Scene 26: LZ Mary Ann . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207

Scene 27: Jungle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208

Scene 28: LZ Mary Ann . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209

Scene 29: Jungle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210

Scene 30: Saigon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211

Scene 31: LZ Mary Ann . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213

Scene 32: Da Nang Air Base . . . . . . . . . . . 215

Scene 33: Hanoi Airport . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220

Scene 34: Washington DC . . . . . . . . . . . . 221

EPILOGUE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233

ABOUT THE AUTHOR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245

ALSO BY GEORGE M. PAPA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247

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