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Headhunters: Stories from the 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry in Vietnam, 1965-1971 Hardcover – November, 1987

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"These accounts are blood thumpers, with little of the boredom of war."
           -The Book Reader, San Francisco, Ca

"Headhunters includes battle scenes, killing injuries, anger, pride, returns home and lingering nightmares..."
           -Charleston Evening Post

"The primary reconnaissance unit of the airmobile division, the squadron was one of the most effective combat units in Vietnam."
           -ALA Booklist

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The author was fortunate to be able to help tell the stories of other 1/9th Cavalry veterans.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Presidio Pr; Book Club edition (November 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891413006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891413004
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

My subject is history and personal experience of the Vietnam War.

THE PHOTOS:

(1) Blue platoon leader 1967 [Catherine Leroy. Time/Life, Inc.)

(2) Landing 1966 [U.S. Army]

(3) Landing 1967 [U.S. Army]

(4) Another landing 1967 [U.S. Army]

(5) Riding the skids [U.S. Army]

(6) Downed helicopter 1969 [Photo by Robert Hraban. Courtesy VHPA]

(7) Nose art [Photo by Bill Brooks. Courtesy VHPA]

(8) More nose art [Courtesy Ron Franklin].


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Capper on July 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is not one persons views of the actions of the 1st Squadron, 9th cavalry during the Vietnam war. Rather it is a compilation of the stories of more than 2 dozen different men in different roles. Some are well written. Others are not so great. But they are real. These men use their own word to describe their own experiences, feelings, and actions.

Therefore, it does not cover the overall situation. It does not all fit together into one message. It is fragmented and often uses terms and acronyms that are not defined - but the editor does help out most of the time.

However, I really liked this book _because_ it is not polished and the horror, anguish, excitment, thrill, terror, pain, frustration, etc. of each contributer comes through. Real men. A real war. Real situation. Real stories.

This is not the book to get if you want:
1. a book that explains why things happened
2. an overview of the war, or even the actions of this troop
3. to avoid reading about blood, pain, and death
4. an easy reading, polish account

Get this book if you want to feel a taste of what the soldiors experienced in the far east - and when they got back home.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
When you read this book, you will see and feel what a portion of the men of the 1/9th Air Cavalry experienced while serving in Vietnam. No one can fully understand what a person experiences in war if they've not been there, but this book gives you an insight into what each man experienced and how it has affected them afterwards. Anyone that has ever wondered what a Recon unit goes through in war, this would be the book for them. This would make a great addition to a military book collection.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By robert bradley on March 31, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is real history! The 1st Squadron 9th cavalry is the most decorated unit that served in the Vietnam war They were the only "true" cavalry unit. They served as a model for other "recon" units of the war, there tactics are used by all the Rangers, Special Forces, Seals, Etc. today. They all deserve the Congressional Medal of Honor!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Budd Hironimus on June 17, 2013
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Matt has written a few books.And they are all very good.I owned the paperback versions of his books along time ago.To get the hard copies of these books at such a great price is a great plus.Thank You
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Excellent book.
This is a great compilation of stories from Veterans of the 1/9th Cavalry. Well worth reading!
To all the Vietnam Veterans, thank you for your service to our Nation & a heartfelt WELCOME HOME from the proud son of a US Army Aviator who flew a tour in Vietnam; 'Rattlers' & 'Wasps' 1965-'66.
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Format: Hardcover
Special book to me as I was in Headhunters as an infantry man and then Scout observer in 1968. It even has a photo of the crew chief I flew door gunner with in it. Further back in the book it has a story written by the guy who most likely replaced me as a scout observer.
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Great collection of stories collected from the brave men who spent the early days of Vietnam with the 9th Cav.
Great Read!!
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