This is a story of extraordinary courage and sacrifice displayed in a series of battles that were fought and won within the context of a broader, intractable strategic stalemate. Their first desperate moments marked the beginning of a series of bloody battles that lasted more than a week, one that survivors would later call “the nine days in May border battles.
Nine Days in May: The Battles of the 4th Infantry Division on the Cambodian Border, 1967 - Nine days in may is the first full account of these bitterly contested battles. Those few men soon found themselves outnumbered, surrounded, and fighting for their lives. Moving through the jungle near the cambodian border on may 18, 1967, AK-47s slung over their shoulders, a company of American infantry observed three North Vietnamese Army regulars, walking down a well-worn trail in the rugged Central Highlands.
Wilkins recreates the vicious fighting in gripping detail. Fought between three american battalions and two North Vietnamese Army regiments, this prolonged, deadly encounter was one of the largest, most savage actions seen by elements of the storied 4th Infantry Division in Vietnam. When the guns finally fell silent, an unheralded American brigade received a Presidential Unit Citation and earned three of the twelve Medals of Honor awarded to soldiers of the 4th Infantry Division in Vietnam.
Blood in the Hills: The Story of Khe Sanh, the Most Savage Fight of the Vietnam WarLyons Press - A soldier’s eye view of vietnam’s fiercest close-quarters battle upon its 50th anniversaryKhe Sanh’s Hill Fights of 1967—as experienced by co-author Bobby Maras and told in this hour-by-hour, day-by-day account—were carnage on the ground, much of it hand-to-hand fighting in the dark. Combining maras’ personal experiences with the war’s bigger picture, Blood in the Hills honors the heroic actions of our soldiers and shows how Khe Sanh was microcosm of the entire Vietnam War.
After the hill fights, american forces pulled back and held out against constant enemy shelling and frequent attacks until the siege was broken. Lyons. Thanks to the brave marines of the 9th and 3rd, Khe Sanh survived the first concentrated attack by the North Vietnamese to invade the South.
Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in VietnamAtlantic Monthly Press - Hue 1968 is a gripping and moving account of this pivotal moment. And vietnam and interviews with participants from both sides, Bowden narrates each stage of this crucial battle through multiple viewpoints. In the early hours of january 31, 1968, the North Vietnamese launched over one hundred attacks across South Vietnam in what would become known as the Tet Offensive.
The lynchpin of tet was the capture of hue, by 10, vietnam’s intellectual and cultural capital, 000 National Liberation Front troops who descended from hidden camps and surged across the city of 140, 000. After several futile and deadly days, lieutenant colonel Ernie Cheatham would finally come up with a strategy to retake the city, block by block and building by building, in some of the most intense urban combat since World War II.
Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam - Within hours the entire city was in their hands save for two small military outposts. Lyons. Played out over 24 days and ultimately costing 10, 000 lives, the Battle of Hue was by far the bloodiest of the entire war. With unprecedented access to war archives in the U. S. American commanders refused to believe the size and scope of the Front’s presence, ordering small companies of marines against thousands of entrenched enemy troops.
A los angeles times book prize finalist in history winner of the 2018 marine corps heritage foundation greene Award for a distinguished work of nonfiction The first battle book from Mark Bowden since his #1 New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down, Hue 1968 is the story of the centerpiece of the Tet Offensive and a turning point in the American War in Vietnam.
The Odyssey of Echo Company: The 1968 Tet Offensive and the Epic Battle to Survive the Vietnam WarScribner - The exhausting day-to-day existence, which involves ambushes on both sides, grueling gun battles, and heroic rescues of wounded comrades, forges the group into a lifelong brotherhood. Their battles against both north vietnamese Army soldiers and toughened Viet Cong guerillas are relentless, and waged night and day across landing zones, rice paddies, often hand-to-hand, hamlets, and dense jungle.
Based on hundreds of hours of interviews, and travel to the battle sites with some of the soldiers who meet their Vietnamese counterpart, and augmented by detailed maps and remarkable combat zone photographs, Pentagon after-action reports, dozens of personal letters written in the combat zone, The Odyssey of Echo Company breaks through the wall of time to recount ordinary young American men in an extraordinary time in America and confirms Doug Stanton’s prominence as an unparalleled storyteller of our age.
When the young men come home, some encounter a country that doesn’t understand what they have suffered and survived. Many of them fall silent, knowing that few of their countrymen want to hear the remarkable story they have lived to tell—until now. Forty young american soldiers of an army reconnaissance platoon echo Company, 1/501 of the 101st Airborne Division and hailing from small farms, beach towns, and such big cities as Chicago and Los Angeles are suddenly thrust into savage combat, having been in-country only a few weeks.
The Odyssey of Echo Company: The 1968 Tet Offensive and the Epic Battle to Survive the Vietnam War - Atlantic. Scribner. Lyons. A powerful work of literary military history from the new york times bestselling author of In Harm’s Way and Horse Soldiers, redemptive, the harrowing, and utterly unforgettable account of an American army reconnaissance platoon’s fight for survival during the Vietnam War—whose searing experiences reverberate today among the millions of American families touched by this war.
That Close: A memory of combat in VietnamIndependently published - It also tells a tale of the commonplace courage of the twenty-year-old infantrymen of Charley Company, 199th Light Infantry Brigade, 5th of the 12th, and of the cowardice and character flaws of a Lieutenant more interested in his own glory and advancement than the well-being of his platoon. Scribner. The good, the bad, and the ugly of a country and an army fighting a distant war for unclear purposes are all on display in this account focused on nine months of war in 1969.
The memoir tells his story starting from the ambivalence he had about being drafted through the firefights and wounds he experienced in Vietnam to the estrangement he felt as he walked out of Walter Reed hospital into a civilian world not very interested in a faraway war. Lyons. That close” is the memory of the experiences that surrounded Private Robert Driskill’s combat tour in Vietnam from April to December of 1969.
The Hump: The 1st Battalion, 503rd Airborne Infantry, in the First Major Battle of the Vietnam WarMcFarland & Company - Scribner. Army and the viet cong and north vietnamese forces, 1965, took place November 5-9, in South Vietnam's War Zone D. Lyons. Government. Known as "the hump, " it would change the nature of the war, escalating it from a hit-and-run guerrilla conflict to a bloody contest between Communist main force units and American commands of battalion size or larger.
His experiences with ptsd after the war and his eventual return to Vietnam in the 1990s are included. This memoir of an operation hump survivor begins with the sequence of events leading up to the battle, from the French defeat at Dien Bien Phu in 1954. Operation hump, the first major battle between the U.
The Hump: The 1st Battalion, 503rd Airborne Infantry, in the First Major Battle of the Vietnam War - S. Drawing on official army documents and the recollections of fellow combatants, the author not only describes the battle in detail but explains the war's basis in fabrications at the highest levels of the U. S. Atlantic.
Helicopter Combat in Vietnam: A Memoir by Lew Jennings - 19 Minutes to LiveCreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform - 19 minutes to live" illustrates the incredible courage and determination of helicopter pilots and crews supporting those heroes that carried a rucksack and a rifle in Vietnam. This memoir describes first-hand the harrowing experiences of helicopter pilots and crews in combat operations, from the far South to the DMZ, including the infamous Ashau Valley, Hamburger Hill, LZ Airborne and others.
Almost half of the helicopters, 5, 086, were lost. Over 12, 000 helicopters were used in the Vietnam War, which is why it became known as "The Helicopter War". Lyons. Helicopter pilots and crews accounted for nearly 10 percent of all the US casualties suffered in Vietnam, with nearly 5, 000 killed and an untold number of wounded.
Helicopter Combat in Vietnam: A Memoir by Lew Jennings - 19 Minutes to Live - Lew jennings flew over 700 air cavalry Cobra Gunship Helicopter missions and received Three Distinguished Flying Crosses for Valor. Atlantic. Scribner.
The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in VietnamLiveright - In this epic biography of edward lansdale 1908– 1987, the man said to be the fictional model for Graham Greene’s The Quiet American, first in the Philippines, best-selling historian Max Boot demonstrates how Lansdale pioneered a “hearts and mind” diplomacy, then in Vietnam. With reverberations that continue to play out in Iraq and Afghanistan, The Road Not Taken is a biography of profound historical consequence.
Finalist for the pulitzer prize biographynew york times Bestseller In chronicling the adventurous life of legendary CIA operative Edward Lansdale, The Road Not Taken definitively reframes our understanding of the Vietnam War. 54 photographs; 3 maps Lyons. Atlantic. Lawrence of asia” from the battle of Dien Bien Phu to the humiliating American evacuation in 1975.
The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam - Scribner. Bringing a tragic complexity to this so-called “ugly American, ” this “engrossing biography” Karl Marlantes rescues Lansdale from historical ignominy and suggests that Vietnam could have been different had we only listened. E. It was a visionary policy that, as boot reveals, was ultimately crushed by America’s giant military bureaucracy, steered by elitist generals and blueblood diplomats who favored troop build-ups and napalm bombs over winning the trust of the people.
Through dozens of interviews and access to neverbefore-seen documents―including long-hidden love letters―Boot recasts this cautionary American story, tracing the bold rise and the crashing fall of the roguish “T.
The Chosen Few: A Company of Paratroopers and Its Heroic Struggle to Survive in the Mountains of AfghanistanDa Capo Press - Two among them would receive the Medal of Honor. All of them would be forever changed. Atlantic. The never-before-told story of one of the most decorated units in the war in afghanistan and its fifteen-month ordeal that culminated in the 2008 Battle of Wanat, the war's deadliestA single company of US paratroopers--calling themselves the "Chosen Few"--arrived in eastern Afghanistan in late 2007 hoping to win the hearts and minds of the remote mountain people and extend the Afghan government's reach into this wilderness.
Instead, forced into a slow and grinding withdrawal, living under almost continuous attack, they spent the next fifteen months in a desperate struggle, and always outnumbered by Taliban fighters descending on them from all sides. Month after month, rockets, rocket-propelled grenades, and machine-gun fire poured down on the isolated and exposed paratroopers as America's focus and military resources shifted to Iraq.
The Chosen Few: A Company of Paratroopers and Its Heroic Struggle to Survive in the Mountains of Afghanistan - The never-before-told story of one of the most decorated units in the war in Afghanistan and its fifteen-month ordeal that culminated in the 2008 Battle of Wanat, the war's deadliest. Near the village of wanat in nuristan province, an estimated three hundred enemy fighters surrounded about fifty of the Chosen Few and others defending a partially finished combat base.
Scribner. Just weeks before the paratroopers were to go home, they faced their last--and toughest--fight. Nine died and more than two dozen were wounded that day in July 2008, making it arguably the bloodiest battle of the war in Afghanistan. The chosen Few would return home tempered by war.
THERE IT IS...IT DON'T MEAN NOTHIN': A Vietnam War MemoirIndependently published - He tells it all in a conversational tone, reminding us throughout of the personal nature of the project— explaining to his daughters a part of their father they never knew. The first covered the insanity, and the second, the result. At the request of his daughters, Charles Hensler set out to write a brief summary of his time in Vietnam.
He held several occupations, giving an opportunity to understand many aspects of the war through his eyes. Atlantic. There it is, and it don’t mean nothin' are two phrases the grunts used to describe their situation in Vietnam. Weaving threads of the events back home throughout his personal story, Hensler skillfully sets a scene integral to understanding how he and his compatriots felt in Vietnam in 1968, a year of transition.
THERE IT IS...IT DON'T MEAN NOTHIN': A Vietnam War Memoir - . The project evolved into a cathartic journey, resulting in a compelling, heartfelt memoir. The never-before-told story of one of the most decorated units in the war in Afghanistan and its fifteen-month ordeal that culminated in the 2008 Battle of Wanat, the war's deadliest. He reveals conflicted feelings about being in Vietnam, and how his experiences there affected him for years after his tour finished.
His recollection of these unlikely friendships is sincere and real. Hensler deftly paints scenes, some bloody and some beautiful. A year many americans turned their backs on the war, and in a way, on those who fought in it.
When I Turned Nineteen: A Vietnam War MemoirGlyn Haynie - Lyons. They came together and formed a brotherhood that will last through time. He shares his experiences about weeks of boredom and minutes to hours of terror and surviving the heat, a forest fire, building a firebase, physically, carrying a 60-pound rucksack, death and fighting the enemy while mentally, fear, monsoons, a typhoon, and morally exhausted.
The never-before-told story of one of the most decorated units in the war in Afghanistan and its fifteen-month ordeal that culminated in the 2008 Battle of Wanat, the war's deadliest. Army with his brothers of first platoon Company A 3rd Battalion/1st Infantry Regiment 11th Brigade Americal 23rd Infantry Division.
When I Turned Nineteen: A Vietnam War Memoir - They were average american sons, husbands, fathers, or brothers who'd enlisted or been drafted from all over the United States and who'd all come from different backgrounds. It's the year 1969. Glyn haynie served in the U. S. Atlantic. Scribner.