Never Without Heroes: Marine Third Reconnaissance Battalion in Vietnam, 1965-70

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Random House Publishing Group, Feb 2, 2011 - History - 384 pages
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FOUR CONGRESSIONAL MEDALS OF HONOR,
THIRTEEN NAVAL CROSSES,
SEVENTY-TWO SILVER STARS . . .
In four and a half years in Vietnam, the Marines of the Third Reconnaissance Battalion repeatedly penetrated North Vietnamese and Vietcong sanctuaries by foot and by helicopter to find enemy forces, learn the enemy's intentions, and, when possible, bring deadly fire down on his head. Heavily armed, well-camouflaged teams of six and eight men daily exposed themselves to overwhelming enemy forces so that other Marines would have the information necessary to fight the war.
It's all here: grueling, tense, and deadly recon patrols; insertions directly into NVA basecamps; last-stand defenses in the wreckage of downed helicopters; pursuit by superior North Vietnamese forces; agonizing deaths of men who valiantly put their lives on the line.
NEVER WITHOUT HEROES is the first book to recount the story of a Marine reconnaissance battalion in Vietnam from the day of its arrival to its withdrawal. In Vietnam, Larry Vetter served as a platoon leader in Third Recon Battalion. He supplements his own recollections with Marine Corps records, exhaustive interviews with veterans, and correspondence to capture the bravery, and self-sacrifice of war.


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Contents

The Beginning
1
Land the Landing Force
8
The Reasoner PatrolJuly 12 1965
17
Recon Marines Black White
27
Charlie Ridge1966
34
Charlie Ridge and the Last 3rd Recon Patrols
40
Born in the North to Die in the South
63
Two Days and Ill Bring Back Your
80
The Summer of 1967
162
Buildup to TetThe Intelligence
185
CHAPTER FIFTEENI The Year of the Monkey
203
The Backyard
220
1968 Comes to a Close
254
1969 Part OneThe Last Year
270
1969 Pan T hreeWest of the Rockpile
290
Generals Cushman and Davis
307

Hoovers Hunters and
92
The C0 BiThanh Tan
106
The Beginning Khc Sanh Warfare
127
Team Breaker
136
Team Striker
153
Observations and Conclusions
322
Battalion Muster and Roll Call
340
INDEX
363
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