Dak To: America's Sky Soldiers in South Vietnam's Central Highlands

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 24, 2008 - History - 400 pages
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“Excellent . . . honest and realistic . . . Edward Murphy’s meticulous research is unflawed and his writing style is novel-like.”—San Antonio Express-News

“A no-holds barred account . . . highly recommended.”—Military magazine


In June 1967, General William Westmoreland sent the 173d Airborne Brigade to Dak To, a mountainous region in the deadly Central Highlands. Here the 173d found itself locked in mortal combat, facing tremendous odds against a professional, well-trained enemy hidden under triple-canopy jungle and deeply entrenched in fortified positions, bunkers, and tunnels.

Edward F. Murray captures the conflict in all its horror and heroism in this graphic account drawn from letters, diaries, official reports, and interviews with more than eighty veterans of the campaign. Outmanned, exhausted, often cut off from supplies and communication, America’s “Sky Soldiers” battled back with incredible valor to rout the NVA in some of the fiercest combat of the entire Vietnam War.

“Fast-paced . . . an impressive immediacy.”—Publishers Weekly
 

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Contents

To Vietnam
3
VietnamThe Early Years
15
North to Dak To
35
Battle of the Slopes
56
Hill 830
82
Tuy Hoa
108
Battle at Ngok Kom Leat
130
Fight for Hill 823
154
The First Day
248
Relief of Hill 875
273
The Final Days
295
Aftermath
324
Roll Call
333
The 503d in World War II
345
Acknowledgments
361
Glossary
365

Task Force Black
174
Battle at FSB 16
207
Battle at Hill 882
228

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About the author (2008)

Edward F. Murphy is a US Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He is the author of a three-volume series on Medal of Honor recipients—Heroes of WWII, Korean War Heroes, and Vietnam Medal of Honor Heroes—as well two highly acclaimed Vietnam War histories—Dak To and Semper Fi: Vietnam. He lives in Mesa, Arizona.

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