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About the Author
He and his wife, Kipp, live in Reno. They have a son, Joshua, and a daughter, Jahnee. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
From the Back Cover
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When Frank Johnson arrived in Vietnam in 1969, he was nineteen, a young soldier untested in combat like thousands of others--but with two important differences: Johnson volunteered for the elite L Company Rangers of the 101st Airborne Division, a long range reconnaissance patrol (LRRP) unit, and he kept a secret diary, a practice forbidden by the military to protect the security of LRRP operations.
Now, more than three decades later, those hastily written pages offer a rare look at the daily operations of one of the most courageous units that waged war in Vietnam. Johnson served in I Corps, in northern Vietnam, where combat was furious and the events he recounts emerge, stark and compelling: walking point in the A Shau Valley, braving enemy fire to rescue a downed comrade, surviving days and nights of relentless tension that suddenly exploded in the blinding fury of an NVA attack.
Undimmed and unmuddied by the passing of years, Johnson's account is unique in the annals of Vietnam literature. Moreover, it is a timeless testimony to the sacrifice and heroism of the LRRPs who dared to risk it all. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- Publication Date : November 24, 2010
- File Size : 519 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 274 pages
- Publisher : Ballantine Books; Reissue Edition (November 24, 2010)
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- ASIN : B004BXA30Y
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #152,230 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The reader is advised to take the title of this book very literally. It is simply the daily diary of Frank Johnson set into print and published. As such, the prose is very condensed and there are many pages with only a few lines written, and the rest left blank. If one is interested in one young man's immediate thoughts while participating in the Vietnam War as a long range patroller, you might enjoy this book. I suspect that most readers, however, will feel empty after reading it, like they missed something. Of course, what they missed was interesting prose, context, background, etc.
This one's only for either those obsessed with LRRPs and want to read every book published on the subject, or those who want to read sketchy, dry descriptions of combat jotted down just after it happened. For others interested in LRRPs, try the books by Gary Linderer.
If you want a book about the Vietnam war from the running perspective of a teenager thrust into a war that immediately ended your childhood, buy this book.
Top reviews from other countries
I enjoyed it as an alternative to the usual 'Nam books and it was easy to pick up and put down for a quick read.
a young boy turned into a warrior. No holds barred account of brutal missions and
the truth about personalities in the most unique of combat units.