Echo! Five! Hotel!

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PublishAmerica, May 1, 2002 - Fiction - 144 pages
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The story focuses on a small Radio Relay Communications Platoon, guarded by an infantry company, on a hill 20 miles from Khe Sanh Combat Base. It is the spring of 1968. The majority of this Platoon consists of non-combatant radio operators and technicians. They were specialists in microwave and cryptographic communications. A young corporal, on watch, discovers the Grunts have "bugged out" and left the hill undefended. The grim news of the mistake soon puts the men of the Platoon into a fight to survive. The story is interrupted with humorous stateside flashbacks that reveal how the main characters earned their nicknames. In the final battle, a dramatic rescue is initiated and a promise is kept in the finest tradition of the Marine Corps.

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About the author (2002)

Hartford received a heart transplant in 1990. He writes both prose and poetry, and speaks to groups about donor awareness.

Peggy McCardle, Ph.D., MPH, is Branch Chief and research program director at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), where she has built and managed research programs in various areas of reading, reading disabilities, language development and bilingualism.

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