Last Stand at Khe Sanh

Last Stand at Khe Sanh

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For seventy-seven days in 1968, amid fears that America faced its own disastrous Dien Bien Phu, 6, 000 US Marines held off 30, 000 North Vietnamese Army regulars at the remote mountain stronghold called Khe Sanh. It was the biggest battle of the Vietnam War, with sharp ground engagements, devastating artillery duels, and massive US air strikes. After several weeks of heroic defense, the besieged Americans struck back in a series of bold assaults, and the North Vietnamese withdrew with heavy losses. Last Stand at Khe Sanh is the vivid, fast-paced account of the dramatic confrontation as experienced by the men who were there: Marine riflemen and grenadiers, artillery and air observers, platoon leaders and company commanders, Navy corpsmen and helicopter pilots, and a plucky band of US Army Special Forces. Based on extensive archival research and more than 100 interviews with participants, Last Stand at Khe Sanh captures the courage and camaraderie of the defenders and delivers the fullest account yet of this epic battle.At the National Archivesand Records Administration in College Park, Maryland, archivist Nathaniel Patchprovided valuable ... I would like to thank Dr. Steve Maxner and his staff at theVietnam Center and Archive at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, ... history, but also sharedobscure documents and interview transcriptsasI wrestled with sundry research andwriting challenges. ... tooffer encouragement, read partsof the manuscript, and commune about books, family life, and other topics.

Title:Last Stand at Khe Sanh
Author:Gregg Jones
Publisher:Da Capo Press - 2014-04-22


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