Summary

From Larry J. Musson comes an authentic account of combat with an airborne company in the waterlogged rice paddies and demanding jungles of South Vietnam. Share the experiences of fighting men under punishing conditions, extreme temperatures, and intense monsoon rains as they search for the enemy in the rugged mountains and teeming lowlands. Relive all the terror, humor, and sadness of one man's tour of duty with real-life action in spectacular, stunning detail.
©2015 Larry J. Musson (P)2017 Tantor
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3 out of 5 stars
By sely on 14-07-18

Narration ruins an interesting an excellent book

The story and writing are well worth a read if the day to day lives of those who fought in the conflict are of interest to you however the voice narrator ruins the book by reading at a super high speed and with little expression or feeling. Such a shame they couldn't do the book and the soldiers more honour by a bit of quality control.

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5 out of 5 stars
By B. J O'Connor on 09-02-18

One of the best!

I am well read and served in the US Marine Corp. 1961 to 1967. This book was the best account with a simple overture to the War in Vietnam a reader.might come away with. Thankful I am to the author and those who gave it life.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Greeny on 13-05-18

Unique Memoir of Vietnam War

The title comes from Musson's (Muss) experiences when his platoon had to run through the jungle to get to a helicopter pickup point, and they didn't have time to figure out if enemy or booby traps were there. Real scary, but these things happened.

Muss tells about several things that I hadn't come across in other memoirs or accounts. He tells about what he saw along the regular roads, how people were really living and things they did. Some of this was depressing, and it's new material that changed my perspectives.

One of the subjects Muss covers in a way that's completely new is the fragging of officers and NCOs, how it really was up close. This was real life and I've never seen it covered like this before.

From other sources we see how much the strategy of attrition was used in the war. But Muss simply recounts events and interactions for his infantry unit on the ground, and one can draw their own conclusions. In a war of attrition, survival is based in large part on luck.

Muss was lucky in some ways and unlucky in others. He had many close calls where he would have been killed except for luck. But he wasn't usually lucky when it came to enjoying time off or coming home to his girlfriend. Without warning or apparent cues, she married somebody else.

Great book!

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