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Battlelines Paperback – October 7, 2005
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About the Author
LtCol David B. Brown, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret), recipient of the Silver Star Medal for gallantry in combat, was a captain and company commander in the Vietnam War.Tiffany Brown Holmes, author of Once Defiant and The Promise, holds a degree in English with an emphasis on expository and creative writing.
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there with Sledge's "With the Old Breed". The writing of Fox Company's
missions, specifically the descriptions of their fight at the DMZ,
definitely held my attention.
Fox Comapany kicked ass though.
If you're a military buff or just enjoy a real action story, this is it. The Marines will not let you down.
Having served in military this book had special meaning. It was on target, vivid and the action was real. It gave me new appreciation for their Viet war, not the war but the men who so unstintingly gave their service and in 58,000 cases a supreme sacrifice.
Spending a year in the jungles of Vietnam, while every moment your life is in peril. Only your fellow Marines making sure you got home safely, sleeping under soaking wet pancho and eating bad food out of little tin cans.
We all stand in silent salute to the Marines of Fox Company 2/5
P T Brent Hawaii
There appears a mea culpa on page 325 referencing a song that may not exist.
The authors did a great job of piecing this unit's history together so that it flows as one story as you read the book. There are some memories that hurt and will bring tears and some that may bring a smile. This book is about real men facing life and death and taking care of each other in the process. This is what the Marines are all about and this unit is one of the finest examples of that spirit.
There were at least two men who were awarded the Medal of Honor and the unit had a host of other men receive various and numerous medals for heroic deeds. But this unit also got more than its share of Purple Hearts (for wounds received while in combat). "Fox Company" even got a Presidential Unit Citation for the battle for Hue. This was not some garrison troop that went out on an occasional patrol. This was a fighting force to be reckoned with as the NVA and VC forces found out.
If you were only going to read one book about the Marines in Vietnam then this would be that one book you should read. It honors not only this unit but all Marines. It is well written and well researched and was obviously a labor of love for the authors.
This book receives the MWSA's HIGHEST BOOK RATING - FIVE STARS!
The author is a Marine's Marine, a no-nonsense Commander of fighting Marines, upholding the title of "Tufel Hunden", the Devil Dogs of WW1 fame.
A story of love and sacrifice, hardship and more hardship, Battlelines will go down as one of the definitive works about the Vietnam War.