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First Force Recon Company: Sunrise at Midnight [Kindle Edition]

Bill Peters
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In 1st Force Recon you performed at a very high level of proficiency. Or you died. . . .

In 1969, First Lieutenant Bill Peters and the Force Recon Marines had one of the most difficult, dangerous assignments in Vietnam. From the DMZ to the Central Highlands, their job was to provide strategic and operational intelligence to insure the security of American units as the withdrawal of the troops progressed.

Making perilous helicopter inserts deep in the Que Son Mountains, where the constant chatter of AK-47 rifle fire left no doubt who was in charge, Peters and the other men of 1st Force Recon Company risked their lives every day in six-man teams, never knowing whether they would live to see the sunset. Peters's accounts of silently watching huge movements of heavily armed NVA regulars, prisoner snatches, sudden-death ambushes, and extracts from fiercely fought firefights vividly capture the realities of Recon Marine warfare, and offer a gritty tribute to the courage, heroism, and sacrifice of the U. S. Marines. . . .


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In 1st Force Recon you performed at a very high level of proficiency. Or you died. . . .

In 1969, First Lieutenant Bill Peters and the Force Recon Marines had one of the most difficult, dangerous assignments in Vietnam. From the DMZ to the Central Highlands, their job was to provide strategic and operational intelligence to insure the security of American units as the withdrawal of the troops progressed.

Making perilous helicopter inserts deep in the Que Son Mountains, where the constant chatter of AK-47 rifle fire left no doubt who was in charge, Peters and the other men of 1st Force Recon Company risked their lives every day in six-man teams, never knowing whether they would live to see the sunset. Peters's accounts of silently watching huge movements of heavily armed NVA regulars, prisoner snatches, sudden-death ambushes, and extracts from fiercely fought firefights vividly capture the realities of Recon Marine warfare, and offer a gritty tribute to the courage, heroism, and sacrifice of the U. S. Marines. . . .

About the Author

Dr. Bill Peters was born and raised forty miles east of San Francisco in the Livermore Valley. He attended San Francisco State University in the late sixties, where he was a star linebacker for their Far Western Conference championship football team. In 1967, Peters joined the San Francisco State football coaching staff and helped the nationally ranked team capture a postseason bowl game victory.

Bill Peters was commissioned in the Marines via Officer Candidate School. After completing the Basic School at Quantico, Virginia, in 1969, he was assigned to Vietnam as a Force Recon platoon commander, where he conducted twenty-three long-range patrols in enemy-controlled territory. His personal awards include a Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, one with V (for valor), and a Purple Heart.

In addition to a B.A. degree from San Francisco State University, Dr. Peters has a California Life-Time Credential in Education, a Masters of Divinity, and a Ph.D. in psychology. He is currently producing a weekly television program devoted to stories of our national war heroes. Bill lives in Southern California with his wife, Barbara, and their two sons, Tony and Paul.

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  • File Size: 657 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0804118736
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (March 9, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004KABDUW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,647 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read This Book -- You'll Be Glad That You Did! January 5, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
For students of the Vietnam War, military history, or history generally, I highly recommend "First Force Recon Company: Sunrise at Midnight". This book transports the reader back in time, into the lives and the daring missions tasked to this elite Marine team. The author also provides insightful historical perspective by analyzing how the distant political and diplomatic actions had real, observable impact on the chances for survival of this team of Marines.
It's interesting that the only negative review of this book comes from the only person who failed to give their name - but claimed to be a "Force Recon Marine who was in Vietnam in 1969". I suggest two likely possibilities: (1) this person is not what he or she claimed to be, and / or (2) they have some serious personal problems or agenda that leads them to criticize what is a first hand account of some of the most courageous and skillful Marines in the history of the Vietnam War. If this person can refute the basic accuracy of Bill Peters' book, let's see their book with verifiable facts.
Was I there to verify the facts recounted in "Sunrise at Midnight"? No. But the Recon Marines covered in this book can do so. How do I know this? As a lawyer for one the nation's leading companies, I report to General Counsel Lynn Lowder, who is highlighted in this book and is a recipient of the Purple Heart, Silver Star and Bronze Star.
Lynn tells me that Bill Peters told it just the way it was. Given Lynn's integrity in the legal and corporate battlefield - I have no doubt that "Sunrise at Midnight" is a credible and accurate retelling of events.
The First Force Recon Marines described in this book have continued to achieve at high levels during the past 30 years.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's the real deal! September 17, 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
As a former Force Recon Marine, I am proud that somebody has finally told the story the way it was. I served with many of the people in this book and I have to say that it has certainly been a long time since I had the honor to have worked with such fine people. There hasn't been a day since I left the Company that I have not thought about many of our missions, both good and bad. We were young and all charged up, but it cannot be denied that we were working at our highest potential and we fought to win, when our politicians really didn't know anything about the missions we were undertaking and still don't. RECON is another way to spell TEAM, something many people should learn more about. RECON ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!! Nice job Lt. PETERS. Give me a shout when you have the time. Formerly Sgt. Jim McKee, 1st Force Recon Company, 68-69. MUSK OX 6, OUT!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY TENSE - LOTS OF ACTION March 5, 2000
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This book starts off on a college campus with a group of SDS students trying to drive the Marine recruiters away. It was so realistic and it brought back feelings I had long since forgotten. Lt. Peters goes to Nam and joins Force Recon. Contains many insertions deep inside NVA held territory and many close calls in the jungle. Some good firefights. Very difficult to put down in the middle of a mission because you just have to get the team safely back to An Hoa before you can put the book down. A good read. Made me proud I enlisted during the war.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very accurate and compelling history. April 25, 1999
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As a fellow patrol leader in First Force, I am well aware of the topics and personnel Bill is profiling in this long-overdue work. First Force was an exceptional group of Marines, enlisted and officer alike. Bill has written an accurate and compelling history about this exceptional group of men who routinely accomplished what most units in Vietnam could never conceive of, must less execute. I am proud to have served alongside such outstanding Marines as Bill and those he discusses in this meaningful and insightful book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BRAVO - Our story has been told! February 9, 1999
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AS a member of 1st Force Recon's class of '69, I already knew what was coming next. Having said that, however, I could hardly wait to read the next sentence, paragraph, page and etc. Bill did a masterful job of capturing who we were and what we did and, most importantly, he really captured the bonding of "brothers" that took place.
There are some minor embelishments for better reading but the characters are real and the action is true! The book screams for a TV series. Bill has wrestled with this tiger for many years; it is great to see him finally win his battle with his mind and his memories!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent account of true American Heroism. July 20, 1999
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I found Dr. Peters book to be an outstanding account of one of the most under appreciated efforts in American History. Having personally heard other accounts from trustworthy and humble individuals that served in Vietnam, I am assured that this book is factual (despite what some other reviewers may contend). The heroism described in this book is a breath of fresh air in a day when most Americans are only concerned about their own personal gain and have no sense of Country.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Seldom does a book hold my interest in such a way that I am able and willing to read it at one sitting. Although I served in the Army, with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam, I found a genuine interest in this book. It was sent to me by my lifelong friend and fraternity brother (TKE), Lynn Lowder, who is mentioned and pictured generously throughout the book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very compelling and hard to put down book, since I was there during the same time frame.
Published 20 days ago by Robert C Strome
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
This was an incredible story that makes me very proud of the all the US Marine friends that I have. I appreciate them with a new found love knowing what they went through was was... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Arick Karpstein
4.0 out of 5 stars This was pretty heady stuff with a number of hazardous patrols and ...
I found this book interesting right from the first chapter about the strong objection to the Vietnam War by the very young and idealistic (mostly students) people in the US. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mike Callahan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fast and fair transaction
Published 2 months ago by Harold T. Avery
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read, a first hand account of First Force ...
A great read, a first hand account of First Force Recon in Vietnam. Insight into the heart beat of the NVA in the southern I Corps.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I was a member of Second Force Rec Company. Well written and it brought back old memories.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Better them than me
You can almost smell the rotting jungle floor. Very well written, Memories are always something where the worse memories are deleted. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Torch
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Action War book ever - Especially for Vietnam
I have read this book twice. It is extremely intriguing and inspiring. Simply put, a revealing and accurate account of the turmoil in the states and fury of war in Vietnam. Read more
Published 6 months ago by BnK
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome story
Starts slow but really takes off when he describes his forays into the Bush. Thank God for brave men like Bill Peters and his marines. Read more
Published 7 months ago by W. E. EVANS
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read but
reads at times a bit like a novel and gives a feeling that some parts seem embellished a bit. But then again the writer is writing from his view which is sometimes below... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Chuck Cameron. - Marine Mustang PA
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