A man of extraordinary inner strength and patriotic devotion, General Harold K Johnson was a soldier s officer, loved by his men and admired by his peers for his leadership, courage, and moral convictions Lewis Sorley s biography provides a fitting testament to this remarkable man and his dramatic rise from obscurity to become LBJ s Army Chief of Staff during the Vietnam War.A native of North Dakota, Johnson survived than three grueling years as a POW under the Japanese during World War II before serving brilliantly as a field commander in the Korean War, for which he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism The latter experiences led to a series of high level positions that culminated in his appointment as Army chief in 1964 and a cover story in Time magazine.What followed should have been the most rewarding period of Johnson s military career Instead, it proved to be a nightmare, as he quickly became mired in the politics and ordeal of a very misguided war.Johnson fundamentally disagreed with the three menLBJ, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, and General William Westlandrunning our war in Vietnam He was sharply critical of LBJ s piecemeal policy of gradual escalation and his failure to mobilize the national will or call up the reserves He was equally despondent over Westland s now infamous search and destroy tactics and reliance on body counts to measure success in Vietnam.By contrast, he advocated greater emphasis on cutting the North s supply lines, helping the South Vietnamese provide for their own internal defenses, and sustaining a truly legitimate government in the South Unheeded, he nevertheless continued to work behind the scenes to correct the nation s flawed approach to the war.Sorley s study adds immeasurably to our understanding of the Vietnam War It also provides an inspiring account of principled leadership at a time when the American military is seeking to recover the very kinds of moral values exemplified by Harold K Johnson As such, it presents a profound morality tale for our own era....
|Title||:||Honorable Warrior: General Harold K. Johnson and the Ethics of Command (Modern War Studies (Paperback))|
|Publisher||:||University Press of Kansas April 30, 1998|
|Number of Pages||:||374 pages|
|File Size||:||680 KB|
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Honorable Warrior: General Harold K. Johnson and the Ethics of Command (Modern War Studies (Paperback)) Reviews
Lewis Sorley is a US Army and Vietnam War Veteran who has added greatly to our understanding of one of the finest General Officers of the Vietnam era, former Chief of Staff of the Army, Harold K. Johnson. A West Point graduate, General Johnson served in the old "brown shoe army" reminiscent of "From Here to Eternity". He learned how to lead and to manage and direct in an efficient manner. As the operations officer of the Philippines Scouts, he saw Japan run forward and conquer the islands to include the fall of Bataan and his participation in the infamous Bataan Death March. Fortunate to survive, Johnson endures the Japanese "Hell Ships" of POWS being sent to Japan, Korea and Manchuria. Despite an offer to be given a "rest assignment" after release from captivity, Johnson rededicates himself to his profession and his family. His performance as a BN and Regimental Commander in Korea, set him on a path to earning the DSC and General Officer rank. He is given the plum assignment of Commandant of the CGSC in FTLW KS. This exposes him to the JCS and OSD and eventual election as a young Chief of Staff of the Army. Johnson does not like the way AMB. Maxwell Taylor, SECDEF McNamara and Gen. Westmoreland are running the Vietnam War. Ever the professional, he meets every challenge but works to get his Vice CSA, Creighton Abrams into MAC-V. LBJ also has a way of circumventing his JCS advice and Johnson a deeply moral and religious Man, contemplated resigning as CSA. Omar Bradley talks him out of it. A wonderful addition as a biography and a lesson in leadership and character.
A forgotten man in the history of the Vietnam War, General Harold K. Johnson served as U.S. Army Chief of Staff during the run-up to the war and fought against the ill-conceived policies behind it.
I got this biography after Westmoreland's. Sorely does a very thorough job. I never knew he had been a POW, and the coverage of this searing experience is excellent. The discussion of Gen. Johnson's many tactical, operational, and strategic difference with Westmoreland really fills in some gaps for me in my research.
My husband served with General Johnson and he enjoyed reading about him and remembering the old days.
It is unfair to the General.
General Harold K. Johnson did it all and did it well. Strong moral character and a role model for every American citizen.
A honest biography of a courageous leader
Well-researched and written. A Bataan death march survivor and prisoner of the Japanese for several years, Johnson rose to the top of his profession, Chief of Staff of the Army. Truly a great man but largely unknown. An exciting story.