- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (May 4, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0684856735
- ISBN-13: 978-0684856735
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 107 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Secret Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines with the Elite Warriors of SOG Hardcover – May 4, 2004
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SOG was the Studies and Observations Group, a U.S. Army organization that operated behind enemy lines in the Vietnam War. It gathered intelligence and was responsible for rescuing downed pilots, identifying bombing targets, kidnapping enemy officers, wiretapping phone lines, ambushing convoys, and mining the Ho Chi Minh trail. Plaster shares details of his training in Fort Bragg as a Green Beret before being sent to Vietnam, where he served three one-year tours in SOG. He chronicles the group's operations and portrays the soldiers he worked with there. Some readers may find too much here about fighting a war that many people today believe should have never happened, but the book nonetheless is an intriguing first-person account of this elite group's intrepid operations. George Cohen
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John I. Plaster, U.S.A.R. (Ret.) served three one-year tours in SOG, eventually retiring as a major. He has instructed military snipers and has taught police SWAT officers sharpshooting techniques. Major Plaster has been honored by the U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, N.C., for his contributions to recording the history of Special Forces. His book SOG won the Bernal Diaz award for military history. He lives in Iron River, Wisconsin.
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The men of SOG were a very special group of "elite warriors" and it was a privilege to have been given the opportunity to support them. They used to say to me and our aircrews "Its takes really big ones to fly across the fence and land so deep in enemy territory". We always responded "if that's true what exactly does it take to get off the Aircraft and stay there?"
The book is excellent! The stories are true.
When we launched from Dak To our first radio call was "Fire control I need arty Ben Het and points west"
Larry Atwood "Red Lead"
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