The men who served with in the 1st Infantry Division with F company, 52nd Infantry, (LRP) later redesignated as Company I, 75th Infantry (Ranger) --engaged in some of the fiercest, bloodiest fighting during the Vietnam War, suffering a greater relative aggregate of casualties that any other LRRP/LRP/ Ranger company. Their base was Lai Khe, within hailing distance of the Vietcong central headquarters, a mile inside Cambodia, with its vast stockpiles of weapons and thousands of transient VC and NVA soldiers.
Recondo-qualified Bill Goshen was there, and has written the first account of these battle-hardened soldiers. As the eyes and ears of the Big Red One, the 1st Infantry, these hunter/killer teams of only six men instered deep inside enemy territory had to survive by their wits, or suffer the deadly consequences. Goshen himself barely escaped with his life in a virtual suicide mission that destroyed half his team.
His gripping narrative recaptures the raw courage and sacrifice of American soldiers fighting a savage war of survival: men of all colors, from all walks of life, warriors bonded by triumph and tragedy, by life and death. They served proudly in Vietnam, and their stories need to be told.
|Publisher:||Random House Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||4.30(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
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As a Korean vet I have often wondered how our next generation would face their military service and I have never been disappointed. This book was especially helpful to me in the way it told the story. It brought out the feelings I had about all the wars we have fought since WWll [with a couple exceptions]. Nation building cannot work, when will our politicians understand? With our technology we should never have boots on the ground unless they are needed to protect a friendly nations sovereignty. The millions of young lives lost and maimed for what? If we want to make a statement we have the means to do that without sacrificing our young peoples blood. Anyone can write a book about carnage but this is a book about American courage. Can you imagine any military but our own defeating America? We are all warriors, defending our Constitution, our Flag our Families and our Religion. Don't tread on me.
An incredible story of the bravery of American soldiers who were dropped into enemy territory during the Viet Nam War. I couldn't believe how many missions these guys went on. They were often afraid but did what they had to do for their country. If America still has soldiers like these guys, and I'm sure we do, our freedom is assured for the foreseeable future. Ordinary men with extraordinary courage.
I was in the 1st Infantry Division in Lai Khe in 69 and we never talked politics. It seem to me that this book with written with a little to much hindsight. I liked the descriptions of the settings, but the story did not really move me.