Walking Point

Author: Mike Cunningham
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ISBN: 9781548505899
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Que Son Valley is actually a large area of hills and valleys just to the west of Da Nang, Viet Nam. During the 1960s, units from the United States Marines and United States Army engaged the 2nd North Vietnamese Division in heavy and close combat. Our mission was to keep the enemy from capturing the cities of Da Nang, Tam Ky and Chu Lai and to pacify the area. We did prevent the enemy from capturing these vital cities but, the area was far from pacified. Many young, brave Americans were killed or seriously wounded in these hills and valleys in the belief they were helping the Vietnamese obtain freedom and peace. Although our altruistic beliefs might have gone astray, it was my honor serving with these fine men and women. I wrote this book in honor of them and to keep their memory alive.I hope that, when you read this book, you will understand the Vietnam Veteran better and you will understand, not the political Vietnam War, but the Vietnam War that an Infantryman lived through.

Walking Point

Author: Perry A. Ulander
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
ISBN: 1623170125
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"This intimate memoir by an American GI who served in Vietnam offers a powerful narrative for readers with an interest in the effects of war and violence, American involvement in Vietnam and how trauma can be a catalyst for transformation"--Provided by publisher.

Two One Pony

Author: Charles R. Carr
Publisher: Stackpole Books
ISBN: 0811707334
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Thoughtful, reflective narrative of a reluctant soldier in Vietnam Author served as a mechanized infantryman in the Mekon Delta with the 9th Infantry Division Captures the rhythms of life in war as well as the boredom and chaos of Vietnam Two One Pony was the name of the author's squad's armored personnel carrier Tries to make sense of the absurdity of the war

Walking Point

Author: R. Nevens
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ISBN: 9780692507025
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With a foreword written by Susan Bahary, the critically acclaimed sculptor of the Always Faithful memorial, Walking Point takes the reader through a rich and compelling tale of love, loss, and victory. It revolves around a young Marine assigned to the War Dog platoon that helped liberate Guam from the Japanese during World War II. John Markle leaves his small farm town in Little Rock, boards a train bound for North Carolina, and there meets Emily, a beautiful and witty Dogs for Defense volunteer dog trainer. She quickly steals his heart. Private John Markle is assigned to Duke , a donated Doberman pinscher that fell victim to his family's hard times during the Great Depression. Private Markle learns to cope with the heartache and horrors of battle in the Pacific with Duke by his side. Letters from Emily and Tommy, the young boy whose family donated Duke, help him maintain hope even though his fight for survival has him and his platoon questioning their actions and moral compass.

Baptism

Author: Larry Gwin
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780307481948
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"The 2nd Battalion of the 7th Cavalry had the dubious distinction of being the unit that had fought the biggest battle of the war to date, and had suffered the worst casualties. We and the 1st Battalion." A Yale graduate who volunteered to serve his country, Larry Gwin was only twenty-three years old when he arrived in Vietnam in 1965. After a brief stint in the Delta, Gwin was reassigned to the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) in An Khe. There, in the hotly contested Central Highlands, he served almost nine months as executive officer for Alpha Company, 2/7, fighting against crack NVA troops in some of the war's most horrific battles. The bloodiest conflict of all began November 12, 1965, after 2nd Battalion was flown into the Ia Drang Valley west of Pleiku. Acting as point, Alpha Company spearheaded the battalion's march to landing zone Albany for pickup, not knowing they were walking into the killing zone of an NVA ambush that would cost them 10 percent casualties. Gwin spares no one, including himself, in his gut-wrenching account of the agony of war. Through the stench of death and the acrid smell of napalm, he chronicles the Vietnam War in all its nightmarish horror. From the Paperback edition.

Jump Commander

Author: MARK Alexander
Publisher: Casemate
ISBN: 1935149512
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A selection of the Military Book Club Col. Mark James Alexander was the only airborne officer to lead three different battalions into combat in World War II, successively commanding the 2d and 1st Battalions, 505 Parachute Infantry Regiment, and the 2nd Battalion, 508 PIR, of the 82nd Airborne Division. A legend in his own time, he fought in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, and France, and even after being seriously wounded in Normandy, insisted on playing a role in the Battle of the Bulge. Airborne Generals Gavin and Ridgway recognized Alexander’s superior battle skills and were more than happy to use him to plug holes in the ranks. His reputation excelled among the rank and file, right down to the lowest private. He led from the front, pressing the attack while simultaneously looking out for his men. In Sicily, Alexander’s battalion landed 25 miles from its drop zone, into a network of Italian pillboxes, upon which the Colonel personally directed fire, thence captured hundreds of prisoners. Dropped into the desperate inferno at Salerno, he refused to give ground against German counterattacks, forming his paratroopers against enemy efforts to push Allied forces back into the sea. At Normandy one seasoned lieutenant, John “Red Dog” Dolan, 505 PIR, called him “the finest battalion commander I ever served under,” after Alexander had led the 1/505 for ten days through the bloody battle for La Fière Bridge and Causeway. Alexander’s passion and truest talent was leading men in the field, and he insisted on sharing their risks. On one occasion in Normandy he and his runner (he went through several) were caught behind German lines and encountered a platoon of SS. Opening fire, the Colonel killed or wounded several and brought the rest in as prisoners. An 88mm shell finally got the best of him, shrapnel tearing through his lungs, and while the 82nd was engaged in the Bulge, Alexander was only allowed to run its base camps in France— despite his protests—as General Gavin noted that he was still coughing up blood. This memoir is based on the transcription of hundreds of hours of recorded interviews made by Alexander’s grandson, John Sparry, over a period of years late in his life. Providing valuable insight into the beloved commander who led three of the most storied battalions in the US Army, Jump Commander also contains a wealth of new detail on 82nd Airborne operations, and casts insight on some of the most crucial battles in the ETO. This highly readable and action-packed narrative may well be the last remaining memoir to be written in the voice of a major airborne officer of the Greatest Generation.

Dont Mean Nothin

Author: John Mort
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ISBN: 9780615459912
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These twelve stories reflect the combat infantry experience of the Vietnam War--in the gritty "Tanks," "Called of God," and "Incubation Period." There's also the woman's perspective of Arlene, a naive Red Cross volunteer or "Doughnut Dolly," in "A Man's World." Mort captures veterans' experiences in "Rest Stop," a woeful, divorced man's tale; "Hallelujah By and By," a dark, almost supernatural story set in the Arkansas Ozarks; and "Behind Enemy Lines," the story of a homeless, damaged man who at last finds his way home. All but two of these stories were previously published in such magazines as GQ and the MISSOURI REVIEW, or in the collection, TANKS. Mort served with the First Cavalry in 1969 and 1970, near Tay Ninh, as an RTO.

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21 Months 24 Days

Author: Richard Udden
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781499745542
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In the late sixties, draft boards were gathering young men for the Vietnam War. High school kids who were not bound for college had to enlist or wait for a draft notice. The burden fell on the children of blue-collar families because college was not an easy option for them. Instead of starting a career, they had their lives put on hold to fight a war. The author was one of those kids. Threatened by the draft, he enlisted in the Army. He expected an easy two years working in a trade. Instead, he was assigned to the infantry and sent to Vietnam. There in the jungle, alongside other young kids, he hunted and fought the Vietcong. When his company was sent to Cambodia to disrupt enemy supply lines, he was wounded by shrapnel from a booby trap. All of this happened before his twenty-first birthday.He delivers his story as if you were sitting with him in a bar and hearing it firsthand over a beer. You will know what it felt like to pass through basic training and advanced infantry training. You will know what it felt like to live and work in the jungle. You will experience the day-to-day grind of a job that includes combat assaults, jungle patrols, firefights and pulling guard on a firebase. He also touches on the lighter moments such as smoking pot for the first time and R&R's. Through words and pictures, you will experience every aspect of his journey to Vietnam and back again. I've read a lot of war stories. At times, you wonder just how real some of the events are. Well, honesty comes through in this book. There are no “fish stories” here. Those he served with will attest to it.