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Warriors: An Infantryman's Memoir of Vietnam [Mass Market Paperback]

Robert Tonsetic
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Editorial Reviews


"He tells the story ...with crisp, clean, fast-moving prose, unromanticized and unsentimental, but not without affection for the men of Charlie Company." -Carl Schoettler, Baltimore Sun April 7, 2004.

“His straightforward, low-key account of horror, boredom, camaraderie, humor, heroism, the…turmoil…at home, and his own…discomfort at how it was being conducted, demonstrates…the experience of a typical rifle unit.” -Bostonia, Spring 2004

Awarded the "Writer of Excellence Award for 2004" by the 199th Light Infantry Brigade Association

From the Author

Warriors, an Infantryman's Memoir of Vietnam, was my first Vietnam book. After its publication in 2004, I have been in contact with many of the men who I served with in Charlie Company 4/12th Infantry during 1968. Most all liked the book, and provided more details that I left out of the book including some names and faces. For a pictorial look at some of the events and scenes described in the book you can go on line to my Amazon author's page, and access my website link on that page. Whether you served in Vietnam, or not, you will get a good idea from reading this book of what life was like serving in an infantry unit during the bloodiest six months of the Vietnam War, January through June of 1968.

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On the ground, in the air, and behind the lines, grunts made life-and-death decisions every day?and endured the worst stress of their young lives.It was the tumultuous year 1968, and Robert Tonsetic was Rifle Company commander of the 4th Battalion, 12th Infantry in Vietnam. He took over a group of grunts demoralized by defeat but determined to get even. Through the legendary Tet and May Offensives, he led, trained, and risked his life with these brave men, and this is the thrilling, brutal, and honest story of his tour of duty. Tonsetic tells of leading a seriously undermanned ready-reaction force into a fierce, three-day battle with a ruthless enemy battalion; conducting surreal night airmobile assaults and treks through fetid, pitch-black jungles; and relieving combat stress by fishing with hand grenades and taking secret joyrides in Hueys.During that fateful year, as unrest erupted at home and politicians groped for a way out of the war, Tonsetic and his men did their job as soldiers and earned the title ?Warriors.?

About the Author

Robert Tonsetic was born in Pennsylvania. He was commissioned as an infantry lieutenant out of the University of Pittsburgh in 1964. After a one-year tour with Special Forces in Thailand, he joined the 199th Light Infantry Brigade in Vietnam. Assigned to Charlie Company, 4th Battalion, 12th Infantry, he served as company commander for six months during the Tet and May Offensives of 1968. He returned to Vietnam in 1970 and served as a senior advisor to Vietnamese Ranger and Airborne units. He retired from the army in 1991 with the rank of Colonel after twenty-seven years of service. After leaving the army, he earned a doctorate in education and taught for five years as an adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida. He lives with his wife Polly on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Warriors is his first book.
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