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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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This work is based on the recollections of 14 men who served in Vietnam with the U.S. Navy's elite Sea-Air-Land counterguerrilla force. The SEALs built a reputation second to none among U.S. elite forces, combining small-scale raids with clandestine operations. They owed much of their success to their limited size (unlike the Army's Special Forces, the SEALs remained small enough to be highly selective). SEAL achievements ultimately reflected the quality of the personnel. Fawcett (field curator for the UDT/SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, Fla.) and his associates, Kevin Dockery and S.N. Lewitt, allow the interviewees to speak for themselves. The usual results are matter-of-fact accounts of deeds so extraordinary that the interviews often demand a second reading to reconcile their casual tone with their remarkable contents. Hunters and Shooters is both a series of character studies in the best kind of military professionalism and a tour de force explication of modern small-unit warfare.
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In this worthwhile addition to oral history, 15 SEALs tell their stories, concentrating on their combat experiences in Vietnam. The 15 include a few reasonably well known Vietnam veterans, such as combat author Richard Marcinko and Rudy Boesch, who has served in special operations probably longer than any other American, and also officers and men who spent only a few years with the SEALs but remember them ineradicably. They are definitely men who have walked a little or a long way apart from where most of us go, and their stories are not for the weak of stomach or the politically correct. The strong stomached and incorrect, especially those interested in the SEALs, will, however, find the book eminently readable throughout, for it adds considerably to our knowledge of those amphibious warriors. Roland Green --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (February 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061375667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061375668
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,473,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lowrey Brendan on November 8, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The great thing about this oral history is that you get a personal feel for the characters as they talk about their experiences. The wide range of experiences are reflected in the wide range of personalities that the history is drawn from. The accounts are honest and sincere. Each account begins with a brief editorial introduction and summary of a different aspect of the SEALs unit formation and operational history in Viet Nam. This helps the reader to understand the subject as a broad total of experiences rather than just a bundle of yarns slapped together. The editor did a great job of putting the accounts in an informative sequence which gave this reviewer a greater background understanding of the following accounts as I progressed through the book.
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.
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This is a great book about 15 SEALS and their experiences from training to the Vietnam war and life in the teams. It is interesting to read about the different personalities of this elite group and the things that make them alike. Highly recommended.
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I love the fact that this story was written with 15 different voices. Often times people would try to shell out 15 separate books instead, but I like the weaving interplay of the stories as they go into around and through one another.

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.
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Although I spent 11 years in service and did two tours in Vietnam. Hunters & Shooters showed a side of not only SEAL's but to the war itself that I was not aware of. Great reading hard to put down. Have already reccomended it on line to some friends.
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There are an increasing number of books being published about U.S. Navy SEALs, but HUNTERS & SHOOTERS is one of the best, especially about the era when Navy SEALs served in Vietnam.

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.
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I loved this book! Being a Navy vet myself, I never got to meet anyone in the Seal Program. I was in, in the late 70's and early 80's, so Vietnam was just history to me. I liked the way this book is written, with 15 Seal vets telling their own individual stories, their way. It becomes apparent that there was a great diversity among the Seals and is surely that way even today. I really admire Seals and think that their contributions during Vietnam and since, is something that needs to be "put out there" more. This book held my attention throughout and was an easy read. I have found myself getting various books on Seals more and more - they fascinate me. I'm sure that a lot of other people feel the same way. They impress me with their bravery and endurance. Any Navy or other service person would love this book for their tales of adventure and bravery!
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I thought this book was and indepth and exciting book. It is about 16 Navy SEALs and their stories in Vietnam. The storys range to be about 10-60 pages in length. They are written from a first person view of a Navy SEAL in their own account of the Vietnam war. The stories start from about where they were born and why they joined the Navy to become a SEAl. It goes through indepth deatil about the traing in some stories. And it also has a detailed accurate account of that person's part in the Vietnam War. I would reccomed this book to anybody who is interested in the Navy SEALs or the Vietnam War. I personally had fun reading this book and hope anyone else who does the same experince
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