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Hunters & Shooters: An Oral History of the U.S. Navy SEALs in Vietnam Paperback – February 5, 2008
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I bought my copy during a visit to the SEAL/ UDT Museum in Fort Pierce, Florida and I strongly recommend other interested military buffs to buy this book and check out the museum. Well worth it.
This truly does (as another reviewer said) give the impression of an oral history and stories as they'd be told around a camp fire, very enjoyable.
The editor of this book, Bill Fawcett, gathered 15 former SEALs and asked them to relate their experiences. Some of their tales are short, others are longer, but they all have the ring of truth.
The SEAL Teams matured during the Vietnam War when their mission was to identify, disrupt and eliminate where possible the leadership infrastructure of the Viet Cong. The SEALS served primarily in the Mekong Delta and over the course of the six years that they served in country, they were able to provoke deadly fear into the Viet Cong leadership. In some cases, the SEAL platoons operated individually in the Delta, though frequently with the support of Vietnamese SEALs (who were trained by the American SEALs). In other instances, the SEALs were attached to the PHOENIX program, advising Provincial Reconaissance Units (PRU's) who were often ex-Viet Cong who had turned on their communist colleagues.
The PHOENIX program became a target for anti-war protesters in the late 60's and early 70's, but in fact the program was probably the most effective operation the Americans undertook in terms of inflicting damage on the Viet Cong infrastructure. Frank Thornton and Mike Boynton give the most enlightened accounts of their PHOENIX/PRU experiences.
The writer should note that he himself served as a SEAL in Vietnam, so this favorable critique of HUNTERS & SHOOTERS is based on first-hand knowledge of SEAL operations. The hope from this end is that Fawcett or some other editor will compile a similar book about SEAL operations in the Middle East, including Afghanistan, to give the SEALs in those conflicts their own recognition for their efforts on behalf of our country's security.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Decent depiction more personable than expected. Friendly read and accurate of other Seal depictions but more individually written than occurrence oriented.Published 13 months ago by Joseph G. Gouzd
Different way to read. You treat this book as a bunch of short stories. The SEALS represented tell very openly their stories.Published on May 2, 2013 by John Galt
Nice work. Full disclosure. Some of these guys were drinking buddies when I worked in Norfolk . I produced the first TV documentary on SEALSPublished on August 29, 2011 by John Ennis
This was a great book!! I started it on a Friday & was finished by Sunday. 15 great stories told by the men who lived it. A must read if you enjoy SEAL books.Published on August 6, 2001 by Pat O
I haven't read this book, but I did notice that the first chapter is devoted to Rudy of "Survivor" fame, who holds the record for longest service in naval special... Read morePublished on August 29, 2000