By James R. McDonough

A impressive memoir of small-unit management and the arrival of age of a tender soldier in wrestle in Vietnam.'

"Using a lean type and a feeling of pacing drawn from the tautest of novels, McDonough has produced a gripping account of his first command, a U.S. platoon playing the 'strategic hamlet' application. . . . instead of current a potpourri of strive against yarns. . . McDonough has centred a pro storyteller’s eye at the info, humans, and incidents that top speak a visceral believe of command lower than fireplace. . . . For the author’s honesty and literary craftsmanship, Platoon Leader turns out destined to be learn for a very long time via moment lieutenants attempting to organize for the longer term, veterans attempting to take note the prior, and civilians attempting to comprehend what the career of hands is all about.”–Army Times

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Each enemy position was, in effect, a strong point which had to be approached, enveloped, and carried by assault. The early spring’s rising temperatures were turning battlefields into quagmires. All supplies had to be hand-carried, and usually only the barest essentials reached the front lines. Prompt action by air rescue and evacuation units saved many wounded who otherwise would have died, for it sometimes took two days to carry the wounded out to litter jeeps. Far East Air Forces cargo aircraft contributed by dropping food and ammunition, and thus gave the ground forces greater f lexibility.

S. IX and X Corps were to advance in the center through successive phase lines to I DAHO while the ROK units in the east covered the right f lank with local attacks 21 and the I Corps in the west maintained its positions south and east of Seoul. N. forces could envelop it. S. 25th Division crossed the Han River near its conf luence with the Pukhan and established a bridgehead on the north bank. S. 3d Division demonstrated along the Han River south of Seoul in an attempt to draw attention from the 25th Division.

S. marines advanced toward Ch’unch’on. The enemy in this sector fought vigorously from bunkers which were little affected by aircraft and artillery attack. In many instances enemy soldiers had to be dislodged by the bayonet. Since Ch’unch’on was an enemy supply and communications center, and it seemed probable that the city could be taken only after a hard fight, the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team (RCT) was alerted to make a drop there on 22 March. N. armored patrols entered the Ch’unch’on basin, it became apparent that the progress of Operation RIPPER and the withdrawal of the enemy had been so rapid that an airdrop would not be profitable.

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