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LRRP Team Leader: A Memoir of Vietnam by [Burford, John]
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Vietnam, 1968. All of Sergeant John Burford's missions with F Company, 58th Infantry were deep in hostile territory. As leader of a six-man LRRP team, he found the enemy, staged ambushes, called in precision strikes, and rescued downed pilots. The lives of the entire team depended on his leadership and their combined skill and guts. A single mistake--a moment of panic--could mean death for everyone.

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  • File Size: 596 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (January 12, 2011)
  • Publication Date: January 12, 2011
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004EWEUQU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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This book was a gift from a British researcher of (LRRP) Ranger operations of the Vietnam War. Thank you John, I will treasure it forever. I questioned how he knew so much about the details of a Long Range Reconnaissance Mission. That is until he sent my copy of the book "LRRP Team Leader." I was assigned to Company H, 75th Rangers in Vietnam 1970-1971. There are no words to describe just how violent an ambush or firefight can be. Particularly in a jungle environment where enemy contact is almost certain to be an up-close, in-your-face encounter. You would have to be there to experience the sound of bullets streaking past you; the exploding claymore mines and the concussion of artillery or rockets fired from a Cobra Gunship within mere yards of your position. Sgt. John Burford has performed an excellent job in authoring this book. He has succeeded in putting the reader right in the midst of the action. One can almost feel the fears, emotions and tragedies through the authors' own eyes and real life experience as a LRRP Ranger. Thanks Sgt. Burford for telling it the way it really was.
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After reading all three books in the series, "Six Silent Men", I read "LRRP TEAM LEADER", by John Burford. I was unable to put down Rey Martinez, Kenn Miller and Gary Linderer's books without finishing them cover to cover, and John's book was no different.
John has the ability to stick the readers inside his ruck, and make them feel like they are looking over his shoulder.
Having spent a short time based at Camp Eagle with E Company 1st/501st (my war was over after being wounded while working an AO near abandoned Fire Base Brick, Feb 71), I am thankful for John's ability to paint a very detailed picture of everything he came in contact with.
Our government should do more than just award medals to John, Kenn, Rey, and Gary for their bravery under fire. They should also award and thank them for providing future generations of soldiers with the wisdom and knowledge that may help keep them and their fellow soldiers alive and help them defeat their enemies. Often there is made reference to "Rogers' Rangers Standing Orders", which are a great foundation for a soldier's education. However, if you want to go on to earn a Masters Degree, then you need to read these authors.
If either of my sons is ever to fight a war, I would not let them leave before memorizing every word written by John and the rest of the LRRP's.
Thanks, John, not only for serving in Vietnam, but for serving again by volunteering the hundreds of hours from your life, to record your experiences for the rest of us.
Jim Lynch SP4 US Army ret.
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Unlike the other LRRP books out there this one is organized topically. It starts off kind of slow but if you can get into it, it really gets good. Unlike the Recon Marines who purposely engaged in firefights with the NVA and VC the airborne LRRPs were mostly used for scouting and tended to withdraw (or try to) when in close proximity to the enemy. The accounts of the ambushes in the second half of the book are very tense. Sgt. Burford's return to CONUS at the end of his tour to an unappreciative nation and a bunch of peaceniks is pretty sad.
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I found this passage from John Burford book LRRP Team Leader to very insightful especially after reading about the 14 suicides at 101st Divisions Fort Campbell, within the two weeks.

Most of the men on the teams were really kids, eighteen to twenty-one years old. At twenty-five, I was an old man, but I had an attitude that worked well with the men, and we got along fine. We used a lot of machismo to ward off fear and keep some grasp on basic sanity. We had nicknames, I was Honest John, Larry Chambers was Killer Man, Don Harris was G. T., John Looney was Joe Don, and Meszams was Mezoo. Our team was called the "Death Makers," a name that came from the Airborne tattoo on my leg.
I had business cards printed for the whole company, with space to put your name on the front and anything you wanted on the back. We even had the Doctor Death Maker kit, with special fuses and booby-trap devices for field use. In order to pull these long range patrol missions, the army was sending a few men out into the jungle for six days, with no friendly troops anywhere near, so we needed all the hype we could scrape up to keep going back out.

We didn't take officers on missions. A LRRP team (pronounced `Lurp') was made up of a sergeant E-5 with five other men, grade E-4 below. Most of the men had less than a year and a half in the Army. I was lucky, I'd been in the army seven years; gone to all types of schools and had years of small-unit leadership, map reading, demolitions, patrolling, and related subjects. The time and training paid off in the field, and my teams pulled some great missions. Our LRRP Company had one of the highest kill rates and the lowest casualty rate in the 101st Airborne Division.
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John Burford wrote this book in a unique and interesting way by telling the story to his family while sitting around the kitchen table. My hat's off to him for a well-told story. It's a must-read for anyone who wants to know the full truth about that fateful patrol of 20 Nov 68. John does not embellish, modify, or exaggerate the facts. From his own research and investigation immediately after the patrol members returned to base, and his own combat experience in that unit, and his own knowledge regarding artillery and claymores, he came to his own conclusions about what actually happened on that patrol. He has put forth an account that differs from the other books written about that mission. It took courage for him to do that. Death and injury in a combat environment are horrific experiences, no matter what the circumstances. History appreciates the truth, painful though it may be.
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