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Blackjack-34 (previously titled No Greater Love): One Deadly Day of Courage, Carnage, and Ultimate Sacrifice for the Mobile Guerrilla Force in Vietnam [Kindle Edition]

James C. Donahue
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“Here we go, I said to myself as my system electrified with the familiar rush of adrenaline.”
On July 18, 1967, Staff Sergeant James Donahue and the men of Special Forces Detachment A-304 were on an operation; code-name Blackjack-34. Their mission: to find and engage an enemy battalion that was thought to be operating in an enemy-controlled area north of Quon Loi, Vietnam.
Now Donahue bears witness to the horrific events of that day and the exceptional grit and heroism of his teammates. Blackjack-34 is a magnificent tribute to the warriors of the Mobile Guerrilla Force―their courage and willingness to press on, no matter what the odds.

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"Here we go, I said to myself as my system electrified with the familiar rush of adrenaline."

An elite unit armed to the teeth, the Mobile Guerrilla Force was America's only real guerrilla force in Vietnam. These men operated for weeks at a time--springing ambushes, destroying base camps, and gathering vital intelligence--in steamy, triple-canopied jungles ruled by the VC and NVA.

On July 18, 1967, Special Forces medic James Donahue and his platoon were on a mission, code-named Blackjack-34, to locate enemy units for the 1st Infantry to destroy. But instead a crack enemy battalion found them.

Now Donahue bears witness to the bloody events of that day and the exceptional grit and determination of his teammates. BLACKJACK-34 is a magnificent tribute to the warriors of Mobile Guerrilla Force--their courage, heroism, and willingness to make the ultimate sacrifice.

About the Author

James C. Donahue joined the Marine Corps when he was seventeen years old and served with the Corps through the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. After being discharged, he enlisted in the Army and volunteered for Special Forces. As a Green Beret, he served with the 6th and 7th Special Forces Groups (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Vietnam. His awards and decorations include the Silver Star, three Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, two Air Medals, the Combat Medical Badge, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.
Jim was seriously wounded on July 18, 1967, and he returned to the States where he earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a master’s in social sciences. In 1983 AMVETS selected Donahue as the “Outstanding Civil Servant” in the nation. He has written two other books: Mobile Guerrilla Force, and Blackjack-33. He and his wife live in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, and have two grown children.

Product Details

  • File Size: 558 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0804117659
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1st Ballantine ed edition (November 17, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004AM5QVW
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars War as only the very few knew it. September 25, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
U.S. special forces experience varied widely in Vietnam. The A Teams, the Greek letter projects, the MIKE Forces, and MAC-V-SOG all fought different fights of a large and very complex war. Within those units, none was more unique than Donohue's, which morphed from an A Team on a mobile guerrilla mission, into the B-36 Special Task Force, much later into the B-36 MIKE Force. Donohue describes the early days, when the window of opportunity for mobile guerrilla operations against the NVA and VC Main Force regiments was wide open. If you want to know what it was like to be with a small band of American special forces (and one Australian), leading companies of Cambodian nationalist rebels from the Khmer Serai against one half of their ancient enemy, then this is one of two books you must read. This is a war of companies against battalions, out well beyond the range of artillery where American forces were not allowed to go, where junior sergeants functioned as platoon leaders during the heavy fighting, and then quickly morphed into medics and radio operators. Read this, and Donohue's Blackjack-33, and you'll have enjoyed some of the finest combat writing to come out of the 5th Special Forces Group.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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A fabulous book for anyone looking for firsthand accounts of the great work our fighting men & women did in Vietnam, and an excellent antidote for the overplayed drivel Hollywood & the "mainstream" media try to spoon-feed us.

The author provides a minimal amount of background info on himself and the Mobile Guerilla Force, and then jumps right into the action. He gets your heart pumping and your senses instantly alerted through first-person writing, and once you start this book it is very difficult to put down. Mr Donahue does not hold back anything from the reader either; he skillfully relates the sights, sounds, smells, and even tastes of combat in Vietnam.

If you are looking for a well-written first-hand account about the experiences of combat in Vietnam, then I highly recommend this book. If you are a little squeamish, or prefer to research the unit histories and command structures of combat units in Vietnam, well, I STILL recommend this book (and all of Mr Donahue's books).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blackjack-34 February 27, 2004
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No Greater Love is a great book, but shows out of print. It's been re-titled to Blackjack-34 which is in print.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars God Bless the USA January 23, 2001
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I just got done reading Blackjack-34 and could NEVER put it down! I read it in 3 days! Mr. Donaue really brings the war into your head and doesn't add all of the REMF bullcrap. Just dirty, bloody, and sweaty soldiers fighting, and dying for our great counrty. He lets you HEAR the bullets crack, the shrieks of friends, the whack of lead hitting flesh and bone. Best book on Vietnam that I have ever read! I can't wait to be a Special Forces soldier too someday.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BLACKJACK 34 February 1, 2001
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is by far the best book I have ever read on the Vietnam War. Once the fighting starts it is difficult to put down as you have to know what happens to the team and to the individual players. If any book should be made into a film then it should be this one.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Wasn't Nice but It Was Real March 22, 2001
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Donahue's books tell it like it was. Fear, friendships, courage and perseverance, it's all here. You can smell the place, feel the place and practically taste the place. This is as real as it gets.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My First Look On Vietnam May 21, 2001
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am just a student in a highschool. I have not ventured out into the military yet. I had previously had no idea what exactly went on in Vietnam. Through this book, I was able to gain a view through a field medic's day. In that day he lost friends, gained friends, and killed enemies. He showed what it was like to do those and how it felt. Now I know and I am thankful for that view that I never had before. For people who don't know anything about the Vietnam War, I suggest you read this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Few Finer Men & Units Than Donahue's August 14, 2008
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I was a REMF who worked in intel activities at the lowest to the highest levels from January 1966 to August 1970, with my last assignment tasked to SOG. Mostly unofficially, but some officially, I supplied intel to units like Donahue's. There were a very few other units like his so his was not the "only" real guerrilla force in Vietnam. I eagerly supported these men in anyway I could, to include "midnight requisitioning" things they wanted or needed from Saigon. Donahue writes well and gives the reader a very close up view of the war at the very pointed end of the spear. I could not put the book down until I finished the last page. Master Sergeant, US Army Retired, VN War 66-70 & 71-73.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars you feel like you are there!
This is a great book, which brings you to the jungles of Vietnam and Cambodia, you walk along with true heroes who have always been unappreciated by the country they served. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars No greater love
This is an excellent read. The Special Forces are true hero's of the Vietnam War. I felt like I was right there with them in this well written book.
Published 3 months ago by Peter H. Erenfeld
4.0 out of 5 stars The storys of men
As much as we remember anything, we remember when....

It is with many feelings I can read the stories of those who fought, those who fell; and live part of what they... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Recomended reading for any Vietnam veteran who saw combat.
Vary good reading for the veteran, it brought back a lot of buried memories. Think any comber veteran would enjoy this reading.
Published 6 months ago by Richard
3.0 out of 5 stars ok book
Book was ok not what I really hoped it would be. I would not HIGHLY recommend but like I said it was ok
Published 6 months ago by B S Shrawder
4.0 out of 5 stars Blackjack 34
This is an action packed book about special forces army troops in VN. A very good read that will leave you on the edge of your seat.
Published 9 months ago by Garry Shumann
4.0 out of 5 stars a good read!
This is a moderately well written book with only one real short coming in my opinion. That being that it's an account of a day long battle during the Vietnam War and it has a... Read more
Published 10 months ago by pcarr
5.0 out of 5 stars The guy is a genuine hero
What all the other 5 star reviewers say I concur. The guy lived through the absolute horror of war and takes you there with him. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Paul Steffan
2.0 out of 5 stars to self centred, far to detailed with insignificant rubish
as above , needs to make reader believe in what they are reading ,there has to be more logical and factual content, instead of illogical ,rubish.
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good War Storu by One Who Lived It.
This is another good documentation of what it was really like in the "bush". I like to read real life experiences of others that served and did it well. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Steve L
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