Lurps: A Ranger's Diary of Tet, Khe Sanh, A Shau, and Quang Tri

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Hamilton Books, Oct 21, 2008 - History - 306 pages
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Lurps is the revised edition of the memoir of a juvenile delinquent who drops out of ninth grade to chase his dream of military service. After volunteering for Vietnam, he joins the elite U.S. Army LRRP/Rangers—small, heavily armed long-range reconnaissance teams that patrol deep in enemy-held territory. It is 1968, and the Lurps find themselves in some of the war's hairiest campaigns and battles, including Tet, Khe Sanh, and A Shau. Readers witness all the horrors, humor, adrenaline, and unexpected beauty through the eyes of a green young warrior. Gone are the heroic clichZs and bravado as compelling narrative and realistic dialogue sweep the reader along with a powerful sense that this is actually happening. This poignant coming-of-age story explores the social background that shaped the protagonist's thinking, his uncertain quest for redemption through increased responsibility, the brotherhood of comrades in arms, women and sexual awakening, and the baffling randomness of who lives and who dies.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Childhood
1
Chapter 2 Basic Combat Training
7
Chapter 3 Advanced Individual Training
19
Chapter 4 Airborne School
27
Chapter 5 Rigger School
39
Chapter 6 A Decision
49
Chapter 7 Vietnam
57
Chapter 8 First Cavalry Division
61
Chapter 18 A Shau
157
Chapter 19 Recondo School
173
Chapter 20 Hong Kong
189
Chapter 21 Patrols as Team Leader
203
Chapter 22 Patrolling On
215
Chapter 23 Twentysecond and Last Patrol
231
Chapter 24 Going Home
243
In Memory
257

Chapter 9 Transfer to LRRPs
69
Chapter 10 LZ English
81
Chapter 11 Move North
85
Chapter 12 Tet
97
Chapter 13 First Patrol
105
Chapter 14 Learning the Ropes
117
Chapter 15 Contact
123
Chapter 16 Luck
135
Chapter 17 Khe Sanh
145
Authors Note
258
Standing Orders Rogers Rangers
259
Ranger Creed
261
American Casualties in Vietnam
262
Glossary
264
Bibliography
280
Index
282
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Robert C. Ankony served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1968. He was honored with a Bronze Star Medal, an Air Medal, and a Combat Infantry Badge for his military service. He was a Detective/Sergeant in Detroit's Wayne County Sheriff Department before his retirement in 1984. Presently, he is the Director of CFM Research. Dr. Ankony received his Ph.D. in Criminology, MA in Sociology, and MS in Criminal Justice from Wayne State University; and a Master of Correctional Sciences from the University of Detroit. He has published multiple journal articles on military history and criminal justice.

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