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Six Silent Men (101st Lrp/Rangers) [Kindle Edition]

Reynel Martinez
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"No way in hell you could survive 'out there' with six men. You couldn't live thirty minutes 'out there' with only six men."                [pg. 13]



In 1965 nearly four hundred men were interviewed and only thirty-two selected for the infant LRRP Detachment of the lst Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. Old-timers called it the suicide unit. Whether conducting prisoner snatches, search and destroy missions, or hunting for the enemy's secret base camps, LRRPs depended on one another 110 percent. One false step, one small mistake by one man could mean sudden death for all.



Author Reynel Martinez, himself a 101st LRRP Detachment veteran, takes us into the lives and battles of the extraordinary men for whom the brotherhood of war was and is an ever-present reality: the courage, the sacrifice, the sense of loss when one of your own dies. In the hills, valleys, and triple-canopy jungles, the ambushes, firefights, and copter crashes, LRRPs were among the best and bravest to fight in Vietnam.


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"No way in hell you could survive 'out there' with six men. You couldn't live thirty minutes 'out there' with only six men."                [pg. 13]



In 1965 nearly four hundred men were interviewed and only thirty-two selected for the infant LRRP Detachment of the lst Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. Old-timers called it the suicide unit. Whether conducting prisoner snatches, search and destroy missions, or hunting for the enemy's secret base camps, LRRPs depended on one another 110 percent. One false step, one small mistake by one man could mean sudden death for all.



Author Reynel Martinez, himself a 101st LRRP Detachment veteran, takes us into the lives and battles of the extraordinary men for whom the brotherhood of war was and is an ever-present reality: the courage, the sacrifice, the sense of loss when one of your own dies. In the hills, valleys, and triple-canopy jungles, the ambushes, firefights, and copter crashes, LRRPs were among the best and bravest to fight in Vietnam.

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  • File Size: 1050 KB
  • Print Length: 393 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0804115664
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (August 11, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003E8AK3M
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best June 23, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am the author of SIX SILENT MEN Book Two, and though I am proud of Book Two and of Gary Linderer's SIX SILENT MEN Book Three, I think Gary would join me in saying that we are particularly proud of the job Rey Martinez did in SIX SILENT MEN Book One. Rey had the hardest job of research, and at least as difficult a task of rendering the results of his research into a readable and accurate narrative. He did a truly professional job. I think that SIX SILENT MEN Book One is the best of the three---and one of the best narratives to come out of America's war in Vietnam. ... SIX SILENT MEN Book One is Rey's first attempt at serious writing. It was written in Rey's second language, and it is a splendid book. Rey is a man of enviable talents, but that's no excuse for spiteful and ignorant jealousy. This book is the best of the lot!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SIX SILENT MEN January 6, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read Rey's book second, Although I would have love to have read the books by the numbers I still enjoyed it very much, as a matter-of-fact when I got the other two, I read this one again. I have read all three of them three times, and have enjoyed them just as much each time I read them. I think Rey did an outstanding job of telling how the LRRP companies started. I have never met Rey, I am hoping to get an invite to their next reunion. I am an EX/ LRRP/RANGER. I was with ECHO/ 50th LRRPs then We became ECHO 75th RANGER. Roadrunner 6 out
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Informative but...Boring March 20, 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've read a lot of books on Special Ops and especially Lurps in Vietnam. I haven't read a book yet that I didn't like but this one was rather boring. I have to agree with another reviewer that there "wasn't anything making me want to turn the page." If you like sit on the edge of your chair, can't put the book down for hours read this isn't it. Still the book is informative and the series is pretty good.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS!! October 26, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
What a great book! This has to be one of the most exciting, action packed and (despite what some other erroneous reviewers have said) well written vietnam history/memoirs out there.
'Marty' takes us on a sweeping adventure of the first two years of the LRRP's existence. He delves into their training in great detail and then throws you into their first mission...and lookout, the action doesn't stop until the last page. In fact most of the book is a narrative of their individual missions...these missions were usually 6 men, alone in NVA territory, whose job it was to obtain info on the enemy, including location, numbers, type of weapons, etc... Many times the team would be compromised and have to fight their way out of danger, occasionally losing (never leaving) members of the team, but always inflicting heavy casualties on the NVA. Their are some heart stopping missions in here that you will not believe. I simply could not put this book down. And this is coming from a reader who is usually 100% WWII! This book has seriously sparked my interest in learing more about Vietnam and our men's role in that much maligned war. If you enjoy war stories then you would LOVE this book!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brave Men October 21, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Six silent men Reynel Martinez

101st LRRP

The 101st Long Range Reconnainsce Patrols worked all over Vietnam, from I Corp in the North to the delta in the South. At times they worked with the Marines and the Special Forces. They went out in 6 man teams. The goal was to locate the enemy and target it for others to kill.

The 101st arrived in Vietnam in July 1965, at Cam Ranh bay. They were highly trained due to the efforts of Major David Hackworth, the brigade operations officer. In September, 1965, to gather intelligence, the Long Range Recon Patrol group was set up under the command of 1srt Lt. Joel Stevenson. The unit was formally established on 15 October. 337 men volunteered, and 32 were accepted.

The book relates the histories of several of the men that the author knew. This is the 1st of 3 books written about the LRRPs by the men who served with them. It covers this authors time there. Other time periods are covered by other authors. The author is the son of one of the Darby Rangers of World War II. He went around in the 1980's and got each person's story for the book. Maps would have helped in this book.

Part of the training was knowledge of the rules of 1759, of Rogers Rangers, still valid today, and in an appendix.

Doing this kind of work was new for Americans. The Special Forces had been doing it for years, and the LRRPs borrowed some of their tactics. However, the SF worked with local people on patrol It was widely expected that the LRRP all American team would not last a week in the jungle.

One problem was the headquarters would want to send the LRRPs out as bait for the North Vietnamese, and then attack the North Vietnamese when the LRRPs were attacked.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Ever November 30, 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I first read the novel "Death In The Ashau Valley" by Larry Chambers, also a member of the LRP's in Vietnam, he recommended these novels. Well I have to say he was right in recommending this novel, as well as the other 2. All of them were well written, and you had to love the men as well as their antics.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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The LRRPS did. Time and time again the long-range-reconnaissance-patrols went out to "see" and not be "seen", and sadly, some individuals wouldn't return home.
This is fantastic series of books covering the history and evolution of the LRRPS/LRPS/RANGERS during the Vietnam War.
Rey Martinez, Kenn Miller, and Gary Linderer interviewed a great number of the surviving members of the LRRPS/Rangers to bring their history alive. While some members were able to tap in their memories, others wouldn't touch the pain from long ago. The authors did a terrific job bringing the histories together for a strong narrative.
If anything, I found myself wanting to know more! What were they thinking? What were you feeling? I'm sure much ended up on the "editing room floor".
The "SIX SILENT MEN" books are a very honest account if the units actions. Their packed with adventure and daring. While reading their books, I was filled with tension and dread, other times I had to laugh aloud, and a few times I became misty-eyed. You feel for the teams as they "will" themselves to become invisible while on patrol.
Don't be mislead by a negative review. The reviewer misquoted the book. This I know since I pulled my copy off the shelf and checked the text. The reviewer claims the authors are liars --- NOT SO. A great number of books on the Vietnam War are written very honestly, and the publishers do "Fact Checking" before publishing these books. Read the review by Harold Nealy, who was a LRRP! His testimonial supports this fine series. If these books were embellished tales, then Vietnam Vets who served in the LRRPS/Rangers wouldn't hesitate to post a review here and let the truths be known. As you see this isn't the case.
I have never met a veteran who has panned these books. Never.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Six Silent Men
Buy this book if you are looking for a read that tells the truth about Vietnam in a straight forward black and white manner.
Published 19 days ago by Russell Stein
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling account of life as an LLRP
I read this after reading two books by former comrades of Mr. Martinez. He provides a great account of his experiences and personal life. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Tirion
5.0 out of 5 stars Being a VN Vet & having involved in missions w/LRRPS ...
Being a VN Vet & having involved in missions w/LRRPS as a Scout Dog Handler w/the 101st Abn Div, I found this book immensely accurate & historically correct. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ken Olson
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific book
Great read! Could not put this book down once I got started. The author paints very clear pictures with his writings.
Published 1 month ago by George E. Ballard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Interesting read.
Published 1 month ago by khang fré y
4.0 out of 5 stars Some interesting stories
This is the first of three books describing the experiences of the 101st LRP (long range patrol) teams or "lurps" of the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As promised!
Published 4 months ago by Ml Thompson, Mdpa
4.0 out of 5 stars The were the best, and this book is all true. Cpt Charles R Burke,...
A member of the 101st in Viet Nam from 69-70. I met Lurps and always admired them. The were the best, and this book is all true!!
Published 4 months ago by Joanne K. Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A really good history lesson
Published 5 months ago by Robert Rabin
3.0 out of 5 stars lrp missions in run
Book appeared to repeat itself some of the missions to be in more detail, but overall a good read. I think most vets would enjoy it
Published 5 months ago by Catherine M. Baccus
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