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First Force Recon Company: Sunrise at Midnight by [Peters, Bill]
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In 1st Force Recon you performed at a very high level of proficiency. Or you died. . . .

In 1969, First Lieutenant Bill Peters and the Force Recon Marines had one of the most difficult, dangerous assignments in Vietnam. From the DMZ to the Central Highlands, their job was to provide strategic and operational intelligence to insure the security of American units as the withdrawal of the troops progressed.

Making perilous helicopter inserts deep in the Que Son Mountains, where the constant chatter of AK-47 rifle fire left no doubt who was in charge, Peters and the other men of 1st Force Recon Company risked their lives every day in six-man teams, never knowing whether they would live to see the sunset. Peters's accounts of silently watching huge movements of heavily armed NVA regulars, prisoner snatches, sudden-death ambushes, and extracts from fiercely fought firefights vividly capture the realities of Recon Marine warfare, and offer a gritty tribute to the courage, heroism, and sacrifice of the U. S. Marines. . . .

About the Author

Dr. Bill Peters was born and raised forty miles east of San Francisco in the Livermore Valley. He attended San Francisco State University in the late sixties, where he was a star linebacker for their Far Western Conference championship football team. In 1967, Peters joined the San Francisco State football coaching staff and helped the nationally ranked team capture a postseason bowl game victory.

Bill Peters was commissioned in the Marines via Officer Candidate School. After completing the Basic School at Quantico, Virginia, in 1969, he was assigned to Vietnam as a Force Recon platoon commander, where he conducted twenty-three long-range patrols in enemy-controlled territory. His personal awards include a Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, one with V (for valor), and a Purple Heart.

In addition to a B.A. degree from San Francisco State University, Dr. Peters has a California Life-Time Credential in Education, a Masters of Divinity, and a Ph.D. in psychology. He is currently producing a weekly television program devoted to stories of our national war heroes. Bill lives in Southern California with his wife, Barbara, and their two sons, Tony and Paul.

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  • File Size: 876 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (March 9, 2011)
  • Publication Date: March 9, 2011
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
For students of the Vietnam War, military history, or history generally, I highly recommend "First Force Recon Company: Sunrise at Midnight". This book transports the reader back in time, into the lives and the daring missions tasked to this elite Marine team. The author also provides insightful historical perspective by analyzing how the distant political and diplomatic actions had real, observable impact on the chances for survival of this team of Marines.
It's interesting that the only negative review of this book comes from the only person who failed to give their name - but claimed to be a "Force Recon Marine who was in Vietnam in 1969". I suggest two likely possibilities: (1) this person is not what he or she claimed to be, and / or (2) they have some serious personal problems or agenda that leads them to criticize what is a first hand account of some of the most courageous and skillful Marines in the history of the Vietnam War. If this person can refute the basic accuracy of Bill Peters' book, let's see their book with verifiable facts.
Was I there to verify the facts recounted in "Sunrise at Midnight"? No. But the Recon Marines covered in this book can do so. How do I know this? As a lawyer for one the nation's leading companies, I report to General Counsel Lynn Lowder, who is highlighted in this book and is a recipient of the Purple Heart, Silver Star and Bronze Star.
Lynn tells me that Bill Peters told it just the way it was. Given Lynn's integrity in the legal and corporate battlefield - I have no doubt that "Sunrise at Midnight" is a credible and accurate retelling of events.
The First Force Recon Marines described in this book have continued to achieve at high levels during the past 30 years.
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By A Customer on September 17, 1999
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As a former Force Recon Marine, I am proud that somebody has finally told the story the way it was. I served with many of the people in this book and I have to say that it has certainly been a long time since I had the honor to have worked with such fine people. There hasn't been a day since I left the Company that I have not thought about many of our missions, both good and bad. We were young and all charged up, but it cannot be denied that we were working at our highest potential and we fought to win, when our politicians really didn't know anything about the missions we were undertaking and still don't. RECON is another way to spell TEAM, something many people should learn more about. RECON ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!! Nice job Lt. PETERS. Give me a shout when you have the time. Formerly Sgt. Jim McKee, 1st Force Recon Company, 68-69. MUSK OX 6, OUT!
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As a fellow patrol leader in First Force, I am well aware of the topics and personnel Bill is profiling in this long-overdue work. First Force was an exceptional group of Marines, enlisted and officer alike. Bill has written an accurate and compelling history about this exceptional group of men who routinely accomplished what most units in Vietnam could never conceive of, must less execute. I am proud to have served alongside such outstanding Marines as Bill and those he discusses in this meaningful and insightful book.
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By A Customer on March 5, 2000
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This book starts off on a college campus with a group of SDS students trying to drive the Marine recruiters away. It was so realistic and it brought back feelings I had long since forgotten. Lt. Peters goes to Nam and joins Force Recon. Contains many insertions deep inside NVA held territory and many close calls in the jungle. Some good firefights. Very difficult to put down in the middle of a mission because you just have to get the team safely back to An Hoa before you can put the book down. A good read. Made me proud I enlisted during the war.
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reads at times a bit like a novel and gives a feeling that some parts seem embellished a bit. But then again the writer is writing from his view which is sometimes below operational planning at higher levels of command and leads itself to questioning why somethings may be different than a small unit leader may want them to be. It just may be the writer's style that lowers my review rating having read several dozen books on Marine actions and people from WW II to Vietnam War. This book is OK but not one of the great ones.

Assuming that the author tried to portray an honest view of life in Force Recon he did a pretty good job in describing how recon patrols are carried out in his unit during a certain period of time during the Vietnam War. He describes living conditions and Marine camaraderie well and also hits the nail on the head regarding the left wing liberal view of the war and how they disservice those who sacrificed so much so they could have an opportunity to display their feelings, right or wrong as they may have been. I too witnessed what he describes upon returning through San Francisco in 1968. I was on a bus with a busload of Marines just returning from combat in Vietnam as we passed young brainwashed man and women that were being led by liberal college professors and other anti-war groups to demonstrate against the military. I had to order them to stand down and not get too irritated by what they saw otherwise they may have ran a combat patrol right into the crowd of jeering idiots.

I should also mention that the year 1969 was not a good time to be a Marine in Vietnam (or Army for that matter).
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