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Across The Fence [Kindle Edition]

John Stryker Meyer
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For eight years, far beyond the battlefields of Vietnam and the glare of media distortions, American Green Berets fought a deadly secret war in Laos and Cambodia under the aegis of the top secret Military Assistance Command Vietnam – Studies and Observations Group, or SOG.

Go deep into the jungle with five SOG warriors surrounded by 10,000 enemy troops as they stack up the dead to build a human buttress for protection. Witness a Green Beret, shot in the back four times and left for dead, who survives to fight savagely against incredible odds to complete his missions.

Shudder as an enemy soldier touches a Green Beret’s boot in the dark of night. Cringe as a Sergeant on SOG Spike Team Louisiana calls in an air strike on his team to break an enemy’s wave attack. A team member dies instantly, and a Green Beret has an out-of-body experience as he watches his leg get blown off.

“As the commander of SOG, I can say that “Across the Fence” accurately reflects why the secret war was hazardous for our troops and so deadly for the enemy.
– Major General John K. Singlaub (U. S. Army Ret.)

Black Ops told with the terrifying clarity that only one who was there can tell it.
– W.E.B. Griffin & William E. Butterworth IV

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  • File Size: 1209 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Publisher: SOG Publishing (April 21, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XMOISG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,664 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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79 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elite Soldier - Elite Unit - Great Friend September 14, 2005
Format:Paperback
Anyone interested in the Vietnam War in general, and the secret war in particular, will appreciate this well-written narrative of a SOG warrior's first tour of duty at FOB 1, the Phu Bai launch site for what would eventually be known as CCN. The author, whose nickname "Tilt" comes from his days as a youngster playing pinball machines in Trenton, New Jersey, is an educated, skilled writer who has taken what others might recite as cold facts and woven a taut, suspenseful series of episodes from one of the deadliest years in the history of the Studies and Observation Group. The history of this war will not be told by one book, but Tilt has added an important piece to what one day will be a total picture of the Second Indochina War.

The book opens with Tilt's arrival in country and his journey to Phu Bai, where he lands just in time to witness the disappearance of Spike Team Idaho into the maws of the North Vietnamese Army in Laos. As he checks in, gets his gear, and becomes familiar with the small camp, the tension builds as continued silence from the field signals the worst possible fate for the veterans on ST Idaho. The gravity of the situation, both for the missing team and for the Bright Light team that is given the duty to go back in to see what happened, is palpable. The events which follow and the inescapable conclusion reached by the team leader of the Bright Light leave no doubt in the mind of the young Green Beret that he has joined a dangerous outfit - just as the folks back at Training Group warned him. Regardless of his realization, the fact that he confronts his mortality and chooses to go on is testament to his courage, a courage which will be needed in spades as he begins his seasoning in earnest.
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the finest war memoirs ever written May 26, 2011
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"Across The Fence" by John Stryker Meyer is one of the very few memoirs written by and about the highly classified Studies and Observations Group or SOG. Running cross border operations during the Vietnam war, small teams of Special Forces soldiers partnered with indigenous team members launched missions into Laos, Cambodia, and North Vietnam. These missions were so secret that it wasn't until the 1990's that information started to become available about this unit. To this day, details are somewhat hard to come by, only three or so former SOG members having written about their time running recon in one of the most dangerous assignments of the war.

As a former Ranger (3/75) and Greet Beret (5th SFG) myself I have a few patrols under my belt in Afghanistan and Iraq, but I can tell you that reading this book made me feel like a pansy. I don't have anything on my predecessors, especially those who served on SOG conducting missions deep behind enemy lines, often outnumbered ten to one (on a good day).

"Across The Fence" recounts the authors personal journey through SOG, but also tells the stories of many of his fellow soldiers and comrades to include the South Vietnamese and American pilots who daringly flew into hostile fire again and again to extract Meyer's team.

Eventually Meyer attains the coveted position of One-Zero, the Team Leader on SOG Recon Team Idaho. Although initially uncertain if he is ready for such a promotion he quickly adapts, leading his men through the exceedingly dangerous and extraordinary absurd, two characteristics that came to characterize the Vietnam War as a whole in my opinion.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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Back when someone started to tell a war story we'd most often begin with "This ain't no Bull S_it!" but more often than not it was.

Not this time. John Meyer does a great job of laying it out like it truly was, blemishes and all. The stories take you back to where your heart begins to race just a bit and you notice perspiration beginning to form on your face. If you never ran Special Ops but wanted to know what it was like this is the book that will take you there.

In the mid '60s through early '70's America's "Secret War" in Laos, Cambodia and North Vietnam was waged by small teams of just 2 or 3 Americans and up to 5 Indigenous troops; sometimes South Vietnamese, sometimes Montagnards and sometimes Chinese Brue, but always very capable, loyal and fierce warriors who knew how to operate in the jungles with stealth and outstanding bravery as well as Platoon size teams - called "Hatchet Forces". John Meyer tells the stories of several teams from MACVSOG FOB 2/CCN (Military Assistance Command Vietnam Studies and Observation Group - originally Special Operations Group but changed to be more PC, Forward Operating Base/Command and Control North). The stories are as real as they can be including the fear, frustration, sadness and humor.

Over the years there have been many so-called first hand renditions but most are full of hype, bravado and on-occasion pure fantasy. This is the true exception. No one is made out to be more than he was and no one is depicted as the hero. Yet uncommon valor, heroism and bravery come out all the same. Reading Across the Fence makes you proud of our US Army Special Forces Warriors and all the others who supported them including the most brave of all, the King Bee pilots of the Army of the Republic of South Vietnam.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Free the Oppressed
Not one person in 100 thousand knows about this story of MACV-SOG in Nam....excellent read and some of the bravest and most capable combat men in our nation's history. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carter Gresham
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
Very interesting stories. Well written and entertaining. I highly recommend this book to everyone. I think it is important that we honor these men at least by learning of their... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Loneranger
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book because you read about what happened in 60's ...
Good book because you read about what happened in 60's in a war and the effect it had on the those involved.
Published 1 month ago by James Shrove
5.0 out of 5 stars Special Studies in Laos and the Ashua
Wow, a good one, hard to put down. Not the best writer but so what, you can;t have everything, and this guy has a story to tell, and once he gets started its a home run. Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. Kendall
4.0 out of 5 stars Thriller
One of the best books that I have read about the other war in southeast Asia. For the people who fought on the other side of the fence this is a must read.
Published 2 months ago by rick
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written war stories.
I did a lot of flying for the Special Forces when I was in Vietnam but only once did we do anything like this. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jim Borger
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight into SOG
Amazing stories of many macv- SOG missions. A must read for any one interested in the secret side of the Vietnam war
Published 2 months ago by sk oliver
5.0 out of 5 stars SOG
Having personally know a few of these guys,, this book makes o lot of sense. In no way does it represent the dangerous times they had. Read more
Published 2 months ago by F.J.Kotlarz III
5.0 out of 5 stars ACROSS THE FENCE
THIS IS A GREAT BOOK ABOUT THE OPERATIONS ACROSS THE BORDERS INTO LAOS, AND CAMBODIA. THE STORIES ARE VERY VIVID MAKING IT HARD TO PUT DOWN. Read more
Published 2 months ago by John R. Bogue
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read about Nam
What really happened in Nam? Inside facts you really hear. Worth the time to read it, you won't lay it down til its finished!
Published 3 months ago by Deipnosophist
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More About the Author

John Stryker Meyer is a former Green Beret, reporter and now the author of Across the Fence: The Secret War in Vietnam.

For eight years, far beyond the battlefields of Vietnam, American Green Berets fought a deadly secret war in Laos and Cambodia.

Go deep into the jungle with five Special Operations Group warriors surrounded by 10,000 enemy troops as they stack up the dead to build a human buttress for protection. Witness a Green Beret, shot in the back four times and left for dead, who survives to complete his missions.

Shudder as an enemy soldier touches a Green Beret's boot in the dark of night. Cringe as a Sergeant on SOG Spike Team Louisiana calls in an air strike on his team to break an enemy's wave attack. A team member dies instantly, and a Green Beret has an out-of-body experience as he watches his leg get blown off.
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"Best book written about this secretive unit. "

Jack Murphy
Former Green Beret
Author of "Reflexive Fire"


"As the commander of SOG, I can say that "Across the Fence" accurately reflects why the secret war was hazardous for our troops and so deadly for the enemy.
-- Major General John K. Singlaub (U. S. Army Ret.)

"Black Ops told with the terrifying clarity that only one who was there can tell it."
-- W.E.B. Griffin & William E. Butterworth IV


"If the hair doesn't stand up on the back of your neck, you might want to check your pulse. "

Dick Stanley




"As a former Greet Beret I have been on patrols in Afghanistan and Iraq, but reading this book made me feel like a pansy. This is the best book about this secretive unit. "

Jack Murphy
Author of "Reflexive Fire"


For more information, you can reach John Stryker Meyer at

SOGchronicles.com

email: IdahoOneZero@sbcglobal.net





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