span Fresh out of West Point, John Howard arrived for his first tour in Vietnam in 1965, the first full year of escalation when U.S troop levels increased to 184,000 from 23,000 the year before When he returned for a second tour in 1972, troop strength stood at 24,000 and would dwindle to a mere 50 the following year He thus participated in the very early and very late stages of American military involvement in the Vietnam War His two toursone as a platoon commander and member of an elite counterguerrilla force, the second as a senior advisor to the South Vietnameseprovide a fascinating lens through which to view not only one soldiers experience in Vietnam, but also the countrys....
|Title||:||First In, Last Out: An American Paratrooper in Vietnam with the 101st and Vietnamese Airborne|
|Publisher||:||Stackpole Books October 15, 2017|
|Number of Pages||:||272 pages|
|File Size||:||898 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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First In, Last Out: An American Paratrooper in Vietnam with the 101st and Vietnamese Airborne Reviews
I happen to know the author. His father taught me and his mother was an excellent math teacher who worked with me. In addition, the author attended my promotion to Brigadier General, US Army Reserve, when we both were assigned to the Pentagon. Knowing him made his book that more interesting to me. He was very candid about his military career so in a couple of areas I would not have agreed with him but overall, I enjoyed reading the book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys military history. I would love to obtain the author's address so that I could drop him a note and thank him for writing the book.
Having grown up in the Vietnam war era and having lost four high school classmates in the war, this well written book brought back lots of memories and made it clear how difficult this war was for our troops in the battle zone.
A good book about one Soldier’s experiences in Vietnam. This story covers his two combat tours in country at different stages of the conflict.
wonderful book,great research backed up with 2 tours personal experience!!
First In, Last Out is a poignant memoir about an Infantry Officer’s coming of age in the Vietnam War and during a little known period of extremely high tension in Korea. His stories of brotherhood, the fog of war, and gallows humor, many soldiers and former soldiers will appreciate, are moving and show the indomitable spirit of the American paratrooper. John’s chapters about his experience as an advisor to the Vietnamese Airborne Division defending against the NVA invasion are especially interesting. Sadly, his experience and lessons learned were forgotten a generation later when we fought for and then tried to train and develop effective Iraqi and Afghan army units. A must read for anyone who wants to know what combat is like at the platoon through battalion levels.
First in were the 173rd Airborne Bde.(seperate) and the last Airborne out were the 173rd. The 101 were a joke to those of us in the "Herd" and we laugh when we hear about the one hundred and worst claims of Airborne status. They are Airmobile NOT Airborne ! My name is John Hoard and I proudly served with the Herd in Vietnam !