Diary of an Airborne Ranger: A LRRP's Year in the Combat Zone (Google eBook)
Perhaps the most accurate story of LRRPs at war
ever to appear in print!
When Frank Johnson arrived in Vietnam in 1969, he was nineteen, a young soldier untested in combat like thousands of others--but with two important differences: Johnson volunteered for the elite L Company Rangers of the 101st Airborne Division, a long range reconnaissance patrol (LRRP) unit, and he kept a secret diary, a practice forbidden by the military to protect the security of LRRP operations.
Now, more than three decades later, those hastily written pages offer a rare look at the daily operations of one of the most courageous units that waged war in Vietnam. Johnson served in I Corps, in northern Vietnam, where combat was furious and the events he recounts emerge, stark and compelling: walking point in the A Shau Valley, braving enemy fire to rescue a downed comrade, surviving days and nights of relentless tension that suddenly exploded in the blinding fury of an NVA attack.
Undimmed and unmuddied by the passing of years, Johnson's account is unique in the annals of Vietnam literature. Moreover, it is a timeless testimony to the sacrifice and heroism of the LRRPs who dared to risk it all.
From the Paperback edition.
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Review: Diary of an Airborne Ranger: A LRRP's Year in the Combat ZoneUser Review - Josh Logan - Goodreads
I thought that this book was really good. It showed you some of the things a US Army Airborne Ranger went through during the Vietnam War. It shared his thoughts on what was going on during the war. He also wrote about how the guys in his patrol unit became like family. Read full review
Review: Diary of an Airborne Ranger: A LRRP's Year in the Combat ZoneUser Review - Keith - Goodreads
Needs more background to the diary. I threw it away one-third into it. Read full review