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Formerly an enlisted "grunt," Hodgins became a Marine Corps commissioned officer in 1969. He was then charged with leading an infantry platoon as part of a mission to help cover the withdrawal of the 1st Marine Division from I Corps in the northern portion of South Vietnam. Even for trained warriors, it was a treacherous job, albeit one that, as Hodgins suggests, provided ample opportunity for a young man to learn much about himself. In a promising prologue filled with clearheaded and impassioned prose, Hodgins proclaims his pride in having served in Vietnam and offers a summation of the narrative to come. His is not a war story, he writes: "It is not even about Vietnam, although the events recounted occurred there." What follows, though, is at odds with this introduction, in both style and content. For this memoir is very much a war story, replete with detailed recountings of Marine life and missions as experienced by a warrior who, despite the title, shows no sign of having been "reluctant." The combat episodes are related with suspense and, at times, startling honesty. In one instance, a gung-ho Hodgins is in charge of a patrol that has captured some Vietnamese prisoners. As the rest of the team departs, he is left alone with a wounded captive. "He smiled up at me, the cigarette dangling from his lip," Hodgins writes. "I smiled back, and pulled the trigger." Moments later, the young lieutenant coolly rolls the corpse atop a grenade and pulls the safety pin. This and Hodgins's other close-up war stories will appeal to action-adventure buffs, but those looking for a larger perspective will have to look elsewhere. Photos.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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YA. The account of one lieutenant's tour of duty in Vietnam during the waning days of American involvement in the war. Hodgins does not attempt to provide any insights into why America was involved but only to tell what life was like for the common soldier operating in the jungles and rice paddies of Southeast Asia. Throughout, the author successfully conveys his pride in his men and what they accomplished. One of the great values of the book is its hidden lessons on leadership?especially on how to motivate people to do their best under adverse conditions. The book is fast paced and easy to read, but the use of many technical terms and military slang may turn off some readers.?Robert Burnham, R. E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 1703 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (December 29, 2010)
  • Publication Date: December 29, 2010
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G8OXVE
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chuck Fenwick on October 29, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Reading Reluctant Warrior was like stepping through a door into the jungle. For just a little while I was on patrol again with 1st Recon, 3rd Plt, "C" Company. I saw and smelled OP 425, ran through the jungle and listened to the 46s coming to extract our team when we got in the "S__t Sandwich". My friends lived again---Thanks Mike! Chuck Fenwick HM3 1st Mar Div, 1st Recon, 3rd Plt, "C" Company, RVN 69-70.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Schneider on April 4, 2003
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Michael Hodgins captures the real spirit of the place and time. As a former Marine who served with the 1st Recon Bn, I can testify Mr. Hodgins presents a true and vivid picture of life in the bush, on an OP, and in Camp Reasoner. With all the distortions about Vietnam presented in the movies and on TV, as well as the anti-war prejudice of public school history teachers, this book should be required reading in the high school cirriculum. I hope someday someone will write a book that will tell us more about Lt. Skibbe, Lt. Rathmell, and Captain McVey who gave lost their lives protecting their troops.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 14, 1999
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Small unit leadership at its best. A compelling tale of the physical, mental, and moral challenges faced by a new `butter bar'. Forget the blood and guts. It's about map reading, fire control, long `walks in the sun' , elephant grass, insect bites, fatigue, surmounting the stigma of being the `FNG', and displaying leadership rather than demanding it. An excellent case study for junior officers and NCO's. An overlooked gem by a real pro.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David A. Spearman VINE VOICE on September 21, 2003
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Semper Fi is about all that can be said. This was the life of the grunt. No amplification or heroism that was not there. This is the best book I have ever read discribing the life. Also the excerpt on page 299 and 300 "These Good Men" by Micheal Norman is the first and only explanation of all of us that have ever served and our feelings forever to our comrades. I wish Micheal could write another book, I don't think he will. It was all in this one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Maggie the Cat on June 30, 2000
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Only those who experienced 'Nam first hand will ever understand how it was. My husband was a door gunner on a huey in the Marines and paints Vietnam War folk art. He does not talk much about what he did so I have to look for answers in his paintings and read war books.
I must say that Reluctant Warrior did all a book could do to transport me to the field and into battle.
Great book! We need more like it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mason on August 4, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is an outstanding account of recon battalion actions in Vietnam. It is well worth reading. I served with Mike before the war. He was a straight shooter then, and a straight shooter in Vietnam
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Craig H. Hullinger on September 9, 2003
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Excellent book about Recon operations in Vietnam. I served with Mike in OCS before Vietnam. I highly recommend the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Biff on March 19, 2000
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I've never written a book review before, but I believe that this book deserved one! "Reluctant Warrior" was intelligently written and well thought out. Michael Hodgins makes one actually "live" the patrols with the "recon teams" and describes the fears, terror, and concerns that they faced. This is an excellent read, a microcosm of the war, which I highly recommend...As a personal note, I am very critical about books, especially ones that can't hold my interest and/or attention. With "Reluctant Warrior", I found that I could not put it down!
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