Reluctant Warrior

A Marine's True Story of Duty and Heroism in Vietnam

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Publisher Description

"ONE OF THE BEST VIETNAM WAR STORIES I'VE EVER READ, one damn good, compelling read. It's almost something out of a Clancy novel, yet it's true. The best thing I can say about it is I didn't want it to end."
--Col. David Hackworth, New York Times bestselling author of About Face

By the spring of 1970, American troops were ordered to pull out of Vietnam. The Marines of 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel "Wild Bill" Drumright, were assigned to cover the withdrawal of 1st Marine Division. The Marines of 1st RECON Bn operated in teams of six or seven men. Heavily armed, the teams fought a multitude of  bitter engagements with a numerically superior and increasingly aggressive enemy.

Michael C. Hodgins served in Company C, 1st RECON Bn (Rein), as a platoon leader. In powerful, graphic prose, he chronicles his experience as a patrol leader in myriad combat situations--from hasty ambush to emergency extraction to prisoner snatch to combined-arms ambush. . . .

"THIS MEMOIR IS GRIPPING."
--American Way

GENRE
History
RELEASED
1997
January 14
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
384
Pages
PUBLISHER
Random House Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
9.8
MB

Customer Reviews

s mn ,

Missed a great Story

Far too self-congratulatory

Tomskindle ,

Not bad

Not much action, but that’s also a good thing because these are real people, real lives, so glad all the main characters survived, mostly unscathed. However, I wonder why Hodgens bothered to write about a relatively boring 2nd tour in Vietnam. The procedural stuff was interesting, but I did get by the (recreated) dialogue that he was the star of this drama, although at other times he seems very humble. But all good brave Marines fighting the end of a very unpopular war! Anyone who has been in combat has my profound respect!

joegunter99 ,

Best ‘tour of duty’ book by a Marine platoon leader

Lots of official jarhead jargon was lost on this civilian, but that’s mainly due to a general ignorance of military speak. This is a unique account. The personality of a good, young Marine leader shines throughout, mainly because he obviously cares so much about doing what he was trained to do. He led with courage, intelligence, and a fair amount of compassion for both subordinates and peers. Nicely done, Mike Hodgins.

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