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Into the DMZ A Battle History of Operation Hickory, May 1967, Vietnam Paperback – May 1, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0788433610 ISBN-10: 078843361X

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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Heritage Books, Inc. (May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078843361X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0788433610
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,580,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bradley T. Bellah on May 29, 2005
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There have been many books written about the history of America's involvement in Vietnam. Some have concentrated on the political aspects and fallout, while others have analyzed the military's overall plans and objectives. The best have taken the reader into the war in an attempt to explain what the everyday Marine or Soldier experienced in Vietnam. "Into the DMZ: A Battle History of Operation Hickory" ranks among the best books I have read about combat, from the battle plans of an operation, down to the very sounds, smell, and horror of the battlefield.

Author Mark Cauble is a history professor who served with the Marines in Vietnam and was a participant in Operation Hickory. His training as both a Marine and as an historian gives the reader a unique view of the Vietnam experience. The book is bracketed with a prologue and epilogue that lays out a brief history of the region before and after America's involvement. Mr. Cauble places Vietnam into its rightful place in history; as the costliest battle fought within the larger global conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union, known as the Cold War.

Operation Hickory took place in May 1967. The goal of the operation: save the 2nd Battalion, 26th Marines, who had been ambushed by the North Vietnamese in the Demilitarized Zone that separated North and South Vietnam; and annihilate the enemy.

Mr. Cauble's style is very detailed and visual. Drawings of weapons and enemy tactics are provided, along with photographs and maps. The early chapters build a kind of nervous anticipation of what is to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Little Bobby on July 5, 2012
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Good Tactical History of Marines and the DMZ.

Having been assigned to Headquarters Company 26th Marine Regiment during the re-establishment of the 5th MarDiv at Camp Pendleton in 1966 I was interested in reading Professor Cauble's account. I was with Security Platoon when 1st Battalion departed, I later departed the U.S. aboard ship at the same time as 2nd Battalion. I turned 18 in Hawaii is the only reason I wasn't kept back to go to 3rd Battalion. I personally knew Col Padley the Regimental C.O. as our Company was kept in Okinawa for several months to facilitate the Battalions rotating in and out of Vietnam. Later I was transferred to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines as Special Landing Force Alpha onboard the U.S.S. Okinawa. So I did take part in Operation Hickory at the eastern edge of the DMZ called Beau Charger.

I enjoyed the account and the personal narratives. Due to Professor Cauble's effort the history of this time will not be forgotton. I would like to mention a couple of area's that need clarification.

1. Page 5. The French Indo-China War should actually be named the 1st Indo-China War;

2. Pg 6. 3rd par. per Wikipedia and memory there were actually two seperate incidents involving U.S. Destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin. The first response was prompted by a clandestine raid that had been launched by U.S. Covert Fores against a North Vietnamese island supporting patrol boats. The second incident is deemed to have never occured. Lastly only two U.S. Senators voted against the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. One of them being Senator Wayne Morse of Oregon.

3. Page 7. The author quotes 542,000 total troop strength. That number included sailors off shore and airmen in Thailand. A better measure of U.S.
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By veronica lassen on September 2, 2014
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Great historical account
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