A poignant, often humorous, recollection of the siege of Khe Sanh--a pivotal turning point in the American war in Vietnam. Under constant bombardment from the enemy, Mike Archer and his cadre of fellow nineteen-year-old Marines--Orr, Pig, Old Woman and Savage, just to name a few--managed to survive and, in the process, learn about manhood, sacrifice and the darkest recesses of fear and lonliness. Includes numerous photos, maps and provides a detailed history of the battle for Khe Sanh.
...drops the reader into the bunkers with the Marines [and] puts the battle in context--human, tactical and strategic. -- Kurt Hildebrand, Douglas County Record-Courier ... an intelligent, courageous, sensitive book about an historic battle in a controversial war. -- Kenneth J. Campbell, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof. of Political Science & International Relations, University of Delaware and author of A Tale of Two Quagmires: Iraq, Vietnam, and the Hard Lessons of War ... a great contribution to Marine Corps literature. -- Edwin Howard Simmons, Brigadier General, USMC (Ret.), author of The United States Marines and Marines in Vietnam and Director Emeritus of Marine Corps History and Museums This is a must read for anyone interested in knowing what it was really like at Khe Sanh... -- Major General Ray Smith, USMC (Ret.), Company Commander at Khe Sanh and author of The March Up, Taking Baghdad with the First Marine Division ...certainly the preeminent account of the battle of Khe Sanh -- Robert Topmiller, Ph.D., Asst. Professor of History, Eastern Kentucky University and author of Lotus Unleashed: The Buddhist Peace Movement in South Vietnam, 1964-1966 and Red Clay on My Boots: Encounters with Khe Sanh 1968 to 2005