Fortune Favors the Brave

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Macmillan, Aug 16, 2004 - History - 320 pages
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Their Job Was To Get Inside Enemy Territory.
And Be Ready To Fight Their Way Back Out...

At the end of World War II, when daring marine reconnaissance units made a life-and-death difference in island warfare in the Pacific, a secret unit was formed inside the military. With courageous men risking their lives, Test Unit 1 experimented with new ways of inserting marines behind enemy lines-by sea and by land-and then getting them out again. As America barreled towards a confrontation in Indochina and a new era of warfare, First Force Recon was born...

This is the untold, inside story of a super elite reconnaissance force-U.S. Special Operations Forces who practiced clandestine insertion and extraction by submarine, jet aircraft and helicopter, using tools and techniques that had never been tried before. Strapping you in the harness of a HALO parachute, launching from the torpedo room of a submerged submarine or climbing the extraction rig of a hovering marine chopper, Fortune Favors the Brave is a firsthand account of what it was like to build a new strike force from the ground up... to make sure that the next time America fought a war, Force Recon would be there.

"A superb job...this book fills a void that needed to be filled."
-Major Bruce "Doc" Norton, USMC (Ret.)
  

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Contents

The World War H Experience
1
Training with the Army
32
OffCarrier Capability
53
Pathfinding in Test Unit 1
70
Anatomy of a Parachute Accident
83
Forming 1st Force Recon
100
Submarines and Beyond
127
Buoyant Ascents
159
Shaking Down
180
Deployment Overseas
197
Methods of Extraction
216
Combat Parachuting
234
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Page 288 - T/O Table of organization. The list of all personnel authorized for a particular unit in carrying out its standard mission.
Page 286 - Special Forces Elite US Army unit trained in antiguerrilla operations, popularly known as the Green Berets. Marine force recon frequently trains with, and occasionally operates with, Special Forces and exchanges information on methods of entry.

About the author (2004)

Bruce F. Meyers joined the NROTC in 1942. He served as a platoon leader in World War II, a rifle company commander in Korea, and a commander of Special Landing Force Alpha on LPH Iwo Jima and of the 26th Marine Regiment at Khe Sanh. After twenty-eight years of service, he retired as a colonel in 1970 and entered the practice of law in Seattle as a trial attorney. He later served as an associate dean and associate professor of law at a West Coast law school. He lives with his wife in Seattle, Washington.

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