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Never Without Heroes: Marine Third Reconnaissance Battalion in Vietnam, 1965-70 [Kindle Edition]

Lawrence C. Jr Vetter
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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FOUR CONGRESSIONAL MEDALS OF HONOR,
THIRTEEN NAVAL CROSSES,
SEVENTY-TWO SILVER STARS . . .
In four and a half years in Vietnam, the Marines of the Third Reconnaissance Battalion repeatedly penetrated North Vietnamese and Vietcong sanctuaries by foot and by helicopter to find enemy forces, learn the enemy's intentions, and, when possible, bring deadly fire down on his head. Heavily armed, well-camouflaged teams of six and eight men daily exposed themselves to overwhelming enemy forces so that other Marines would have the information necessary to fight the war.
It's all here: grueling, tense, and deadly recon patrols; insertions directly into NVA basecamps; last-stand defenses in the wreckage of downed helicopters; pursuit by superior North Vietnamese forces; agonizing deaths of men who valiantly put their lives on the line.
NEVER WITHOUT HEROES is the first book to recount the story of a Marine reconnaissance battalion in Vietnam from the day of its arrival to its withdrawal. In Vietnam, Larry Vetter served as a platoon leader in Third Recon Battalion. He supplements his own recollections with Marine Corps records, exhaustive interviews with veterans, and correspondence to capture the bravery, and self-sacrifice of war.


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FOUR CONGRESSIONAL MEDALS OF HONOR,
THIRTEEN NAVAL CROSSES,
SEVENTY-TWO SILVER STARS . . .
In four and a half years in Vietnam, the Marines of the Third Reconnaissance Battalion repeatedly penetrated North Vietnamese and Vietcong sanctuaries by foot and by helicopter to find enemy forces, learn the enemy's intentions, and, when possible, bring deadly fire down on his head. Heavily armed, well-camouflaged teams of six and eight men daily exposed themselves to overwhelming enemy forces so that other Marines would have the information necessary to fight the war.
It's all here: grueling, tense, and deadly recon patrols; insertions directly into NVA basecamps; last-stand defenses in the wreckage of downed helicopters; pursuit by superior North Vietnamese forces; agonizing deaths of men who valiantly put their lives on the line.
NEVER WITHOUT HEROES is the first book to recount the story of a Marine reconnaissance battalion in Vietnam from the day of its arrival to its withdrawal. In Vietnam, Larry Vetter served as a platoon leader in Third Recon Battalion. He supplements his own recollections with Marine Corps records, exhaustive interviews with veterans, and correspondence to capture the bravery, and self-sacrifice of war.

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  • File Size: 842 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reissue edition (February 2, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G60B1M
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read June 2, 1999
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Well done,
As a former U.S.Marine and member of "B" Recon 65/66 I enjoyed reading this book.
We lost members of our company in April through November of 65, as well as a number of us WIA during our tour.
I realize that the author wrote about his experience and had to rely on whatever documentation that he was able to revew concerning our outfit during our deployment from K-Bay Hawaii, to Camp Schwab, Oakinawa and on to Viet Nam.
Aside from a few errors concerning "B" Recon, the book is a must read for any Recon Marine and those who wish they were.
Semper Fi,
Anthony P. De Bellis
(FIRST IN LAST OUT)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It pulls you into the heads of the characters August 6, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In a true story from his own experience, backed by exhaustive reseach, Vetter starts out sounding like a Marine Corps manual with names, places, dates, troop movements but quickly moves on. Going through the opening content is well worth the price as he gradually makes you more intimate with the real-life characters in the battalion. He makes his point over and over again interestingly and convincingly without being boringly repeitive. The text will bring tears sometimes and laughs another. The story is woven into the context of the times: the news media's reports, the political manipulations, the "high" command's good points and bad points; all convincingly. A good read for anybody who cares about what Vietnam was about at the ground level but, also, a must read for those who don't think they care. Vetter finds homeplate on at least two points: The American public's lament at the time that, "there aren't any heroes left;" and that the intelligence i! nformation was almost always there and good, but it didn't always fit the some of the generals' agendas. A good "keeper" in the shelf as a constant reference source for this aspect of the combat in Vietnam. Vetter summarizes his book at the end with the best concise statement written so far on what "Recon" is all about and how it should be used. It should be required reading by all who would be Marine officers at the US Marins Corps Basic School at Quantico!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary true accounts of USMC Viet Nam Recon. February 10, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The integrity of this history of Marine Recon patrols in Viet Nam is without equal. Vetter captures your interest, mind and heart from start to finish, with firsthand reports of Recon Marines and their experiences. You won't put this one down unread.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Read April 16, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
An incredibly moving story of Recon in Vietnam. Many very familiar names. Superbly told tales. It will give you a respect for the Viet Vet Reconner, or any Marine, you won't soon forget.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite so far October 11, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is my favorite vietnam book yet. I couldn't put it down. The stories told made me feel like I was there. The short stories at the very end were hilarious.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I THINK THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST DOCUMENTED BOOKS OF THE VIETNAM WAR.IT TELLS OF THE COURAGE AND COMMITMENT OF NOT JUST THE MARINE THIRD,BUT ALL THE MARINES WHO SERVED IN VIETNAM.THEY HAVE A VALOR THAT ONLY A MARINE COULD UNDERSTAND.THEY SEARCHED FOR AN ELUSIVE FOE THAT WOULD FIGHT TO THE END IF THEY HAD TO. YET,A NUMERICALLY SUPERIOR FOE THEY FOUGHT, WHEN PUSH CAME TO SHOVE, THESE MARINES ALMOST ALWAYS CAME OUT ON TOP. I ADMIRE THESE MEN FOR GETTING THE JOB DONE THE WAY IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE DONE.FROM THE ROCKPILE TO GETTING PULLED INTO THE WINDOW OF A CH-46 WITH THE NVA SHOOTING AT A BARE BUTT,VETTER TOLD IT LIKE IT WAS. SEMPER FIDELIS
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Line Company Checks In August 2, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was a grunt in a Line Company with the 3rd Marines on Operations Taught Bow at Charlie Ridge, Hastings and Prairie on the DMZ.
We might have been a little louder than recon liked, but we carried about 50#lbs more on our back than they did and we were invited to their parties. He did make it sound like we were gate crashers!
An excellent book, "Home Is Where You Dig It". It is worthy of the saying, "From the outside, you can't understand it, from the inside, I can't explain it, Semper Fi.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To Understand Those who were in the war... March 24, 2002
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This really let's you see what family members were going through. My uncle is mentioned in this book, and he doesn't talk about this at all. This really shows me why he doesn't want to.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite book........
I did not enjoy this book....maybe others would enjoy but it was deleted only 6% into the content. Many good versions exist covering the same time period......
Published 16 days ago by W. T. White
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent detailed history of Marine Recon forces in Vietnam written...
In depth review of Marine operations at this critical point in the war. If you want to understand what went wrong, and why so many Marines died, this is a good place to start.
Published 24 days ago by Jeff Moss
3.0 out of 5 stars Better story, bad print
At the risk of offending those who gave this book such high reviews, it must be pointed out that the size letters in this very overcrowded book, footnotes and all, are around 7 - 8... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Eddie Wannabee
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
Alot of info in here on force recon real good action as well as history of the teams around the dmz
Published 3 months ago by Francis B Glennon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great historically and tactically
A great read. It show the situations from big picture down to team level, including mission statements. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Zac
5.0 out of 5 stars A very well written documentary
Thank you for your service, Mr. Vetter. This book did an excellent job of conveying the emotions that only a soldier could know. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Brad Mattix
5.0 out of 5 stars realism for sure.
i actually bought this book for my son to understand a little bit about our unit in 'nam. i was in BRAVO Co. 68-69. Read more
Published 4 months ago by david h. campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great coverage of Marine Recon in Vietnam - And Marine guts in general
The book provides an excellent picture of what real heroes are as opposed to the very greatly overuse of the term hero now days. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Chuck Cameron
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative
Great book about recon fighting in Viet Nam from the officers viewpoint.Very enlightening on all levels from command to the foot soldier.
Published 6 months ago by Richard S. Pappin
5.0 out of 5 stars Night Patrol
my buddy was in echo company 3rd recon 3rd Marines.He served with Vetter, and saw mucho action on night patrols.
Published 6 months ago by Ronald Hadfield
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