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In early February of 1968, at the beginning of the Tet Offensive, Private First Class Gregory V. Short arrived in Vietnam as an eighteen-year-old U.S. Marine. Amid all of the confusion and destruction, he began his tour of duty as an 81mm mortarman with the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, which was stationed at Con Thien near the DMZ. While living in horrendous conditions reminiscent of the trenches in World War I, his unit was cut off and constantly being bombarded by the North Vietnamese heavy artillery, rockets, and mortars. Soon thereafter Short left his mortar crew and became an 81mm’s Forward Observer for Hotel Company. Working with the U.S. Army’s 1st Air Cavalry Division and other units, he helped relieve the siege at Khe Sanh by reopening Route 9. Short participated in several different operations close to the Laotian border, where contact with the enemy was often heavy and always chaotic. On May 19, Ho Chi Minh’s birthday, the NVA attempted to overrun the combat base in the early morning hours. Tragically, during a two-month period, one of the companies (Foxtrot Company) within his battalion would sustain more than 70 percent casualties. By September Short was transferred to the 1st Battalion 9th Marines (the Walking Dead). Assigned as an infantryman (grunt) with Bravo Company and operating along the DMZ and near the A Shau Valley, he would spend the next five months patrolling the mountainous terrain and enduring the harsh elements. At the end of his first tour, he re-upped for a second and was assigned to the 1st Marine Air Wing in Da Nang, where he had an opportunity to become familiar with the Vietnamese culture. Direct, honest, and brutal in his observations, Short holds nothing back in describing the hardships of modern warfare and our leaders’ illusions of success.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Map
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Prologue
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xiii-xix
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  1. Chapter One: Journey to Ixtlan
  2. pp. 1-19
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  1. Chapter Two: The Hill of Angels
  2. pp. 21-40
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  1. Chapter Three: Yankee Station
  2. pp. 41-63
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  1. Chapter Four: Tet
  2. pp. 65-78
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  1. Chapter Five: On the Road again
  2. pp. 79-91
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  1. Chapter Six: Six Flags Over Nothing
  2. pp. 93-113
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  1. Chapter Seven: Dear John
  2. pp. 115-141
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  1. Chapter Eight: Gypsy
  2. pp. 143-160
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  1. Chapter Nine: The Wild Bunch
  2. pp. 161-192
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  1. Chapter Ten: Walking with the Dead
  2. pp. 193-222
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  1. Chapter Eleven: America’s Finest
  2. pp. 223-252
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  1. Chapter Twelve: Into the Breech
  2. pp. 253-272
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  1. Chapter Thirteen: Around the World in Thirty Days
  2. pp. 273-293
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  1. Chapter Fourteen: In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
  2. pp. 295-324
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  1. Images
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 325-328
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  1. Glossary and Abbreviations
  2. pp. 329-332
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 333-334
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 335-340
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781574414608
Related ISBN
9781574414523
MARC Record
OCLC
793193216
Pages
368
Launched on MUSE
2012-06-26
Language
English
Open Access
No
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