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CAP Mot: The Story of a Marine Special Forces Unit in Vietnam, 1968-1969 (War and the Southwest, vol.5) Hardcover – March 1, 1997


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  • Hardcover: 306 pages
  • Publisher: University of North Texas Press; 1st edition (March 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574410040
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574410044
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,045,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Barry Goodson served in the Marine Corps in Vietnam from 1968–1969 near ChuLai, Vietnam. His primary service was as an Assistant Squad Leader in his CAP unit. Other duties included machine gunner and squad leader of Alpha guns/Alpha Company. He received a Naval Achievement Medal with Valor and a Purple Heart.

Goodson currently serves as a sheriff's deputy in Parker County, Texas, where he has patroled 1,000 square miles investigating criminal cases, apprehending criminals, serving as community relations and media relations officer, and crime watch coordinator, among other services. Goodson was named Patrol Officer of the year in 1994. He is a graduate of Texas Christian University.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 23, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I read this book for an English project just a few weeks ago. We were required to read a non-fiction book and write a review on it. I chose CAP Mot after it was recommended to me by several people. After reading I was sincerely impressed. I would copy and paste my book review on here for all to read, but that would take up a lot of space so I'm just going to sum it up real fast. I'm not really one that is interested in war books, but this book really caught my attention. To begin, Goodson tells facts in the way of a story and makes it interesting. It isn't like reading a history book. He uses outstaniding imagry, to the point of you feeling as if you are seeing a movie play before you. Although he does use a little of military jargon, all is explained and defined in the footnotes at the end of each chapter. Also, his detail is truly magnificent. As I read the book, I felt like I was in Vietnam right along with the characters. There is so much more I could say, but I have already written a lot, so I'm just going to say that this book is the best non-fiction book I have ever read. I definately recommend this book to all who are interested in war, history, Vietnam, or anyone who is interested in a good read. This is not a joke!!! I seriously enjoyed this book, and that's a lot for me to say because I'm a girl, 15, and seriously not interested in war books of any kind. Mr. Goodson you did a GREAT job!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Leif A. Torkelsen on June 8, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book for a number of reasons. First, it is a poignant and heart-wrenching memoir of a young Marine in Vietnam. The lucid voice of a sensitive and thoughtful warrior reverberates throughout the text. Secondly, this book covers a little known aspect of the war: The Marine Corps Combined Action Platoons (CAP). Goodson gives an excellent account of his unit's objectives and operations. It is one of the few books that gives a sense of what the war was like where it was really fought - at the village level. Moreover, this book shows what could have been if only the high command had fought a true counter-insurgency campaign. One cannot help but feel that Goodson's small squad achieved more than whole battallions of regular troops. This book is a must for those who truly wish to understand the war. And for any military history buff, it is a war memoir of an exceptional caliber.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I can only attempt to tell the public of the book Cap Mot as being without a doubt the most accurate as well as the most outstanding account of the Cap Marines that served in these units. As an assistant squad leader in Cap 1-2-3, I was positioned in an AO that was connecting to Cap Mot. As anyone who reads this book will soon find out, you will be spell bound upon opening the cover, until it is literally consumed. You will step into this book and into the sand and scents of the villages and hamlets. You will also find that you will read again and again every page. It is a very captivating book that will show what it was like being in a Marine special forces unit. You will find yourself lying in the sand and rain during a typical night ambush. An outstanding book that should be read by all who wishes to get a true account of life in a SAT-CAP (Special Ambush Team, Combined Action Platoon).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JERRY WALDEN on November 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is a rare and honest revisit of our graduation into manhood in Viet Nam. I agree with and believe every word this author wrote because I know him personally,and have the greatest respect for "THE BEAR". It was painful, yet refreshing to revisit that part of my life, but it was also good therapy as well. I was a Commando in the Special Operations Forces, during Tet 68 and I don't know of any Special Forces unit who had a tougher day to day job than the CAP units. This book teaches even those of us who WERE there a greater sence of respect for these unsung heroes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 11, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Barry Goodson does a superb job documenting his experiences and challenges in CAP MOT. I can confirm his description of the CAP MOT environment, because I was there in the same area at the same time serving in a US Army unit and indirectly involved in some of the dangerous events that Barry experienced. The CAP teams were elite and effective organizations This is one of only two books ( "What a soldier Gives" is the second) that I consider accurate descriptions of the basic warrior in the Vietnam war. Barry "tells it like it was"! Military historians should use it as a reference, future leaders should use it as a guide to leadership under stress(both do's and dont's), and American citizens and politicians should use it as a reminder of the sacrifice that military people experience when committed to war. The reader will understand how elite and brave Barry and his CAP MOT truly was. CAP MOT is not only a historical record but it is also intertaining reading as a result of Barry's superb writing techniques. I recommend it for all readers. I salute Barry for a job well done. Larry Beale Colonel(RET) USA
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 6, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Great inside and prespective of the untold story of forgotten units of Marines. However the title is misleading. There were Marine Special Operations/Forces Units in Nam and those were Reconnassaince units not CAP Plts.
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By William E. on October 14, 2013
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I served in a CAP unit in Vietnam. We were not "special forces" . We were marines assigned to work with popular forces to train and provide security for their villages. Some of these incidents in this book are pretty far fetched. I saw nothing like this when I was there. the author seems to like the word "I" a lot and apparently was a one man force?
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