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A former platoon leader describes how he led forty-two untested soldiers in the December 1966 battle against the tough guerrilla soldiers of the Viet Cong in the provinces around Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Original.
"Before we got to Vietnam, the troops all thought you would be the first lieutenant killed, and in the end, you were the only one left. We were all wrong. You were the best."
--Sgt. Lonnie "Tallman" Caldwell"
""December, 1966: " Platoon leader Lt. Joseph Callaway had just turned twenty-three when he arrived in Vietnam to lead forty-two untested men into battle against some of the toughest, most experienced, and best-trained guerrilla soldiers in the world. Callaway soon learned that most events in this savage jungle war were beyond his control. But there was one thing he could do well: take the best damn care of his troops he knew how.
In the Viet Cong-infested provinces around the Mekong Delta where the platoon was assigned, the enemy was always ready to attack at the first sign of weakness. And when the jungle suddenly erupted in the chaos of battle, the platoon leader was the Cong's first target. Mekong First Light is at times horrific, heartrending, and heroic, but is always brutally honest. Callaway's account chronicles a soldier's painful realization of the true nature of America's war in Vietnam: It was a war that could not be won.
|Number of Pages:||256|
|Number in Series:||1|
|Subject:||VIETNAM WAR, 1961-1975_PERSONAL NARRATIVES , UNITED STATES_ARMY_HISTORY|
|Author:||Callaway, Joseph W., Jr.|
|Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H):||4.25 x 7.00 x 1.00 Inches|
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