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A Shau valor : American combat operations in the valley of death : 1963-1971

Author: Tom Yarborough
Publisher: Philadelphia : Casemate, 2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Throughout the Vietnam War, one focal point persisted where the Viet Cong guerrillas and ARVN were not a major factor, but where the trained professionals of the North Vietnamese and U.S. armies repeatedly fought head-to-head. A Shau Valor is a thoroughly documented study of nine years of American combat operations encompassing the crucial frontier valley and a 15-mile radius around it--the most deadly killing  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tom Yarborough
ISBN: 9781612003542 1612003540
OCLC Number: 927363868
Description: 311 pages,16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Into the Valley of Death --
The rise and fall of Camp A Shau --
Project Delta invades the A Shau --
SOG: west of the A Shau --
Annus Horribilis: 1968 --
Operation Dewey Canyon --
Eleven times up Hamburger Hill --
Ripcord: valor in defeat --
A Shau fini: the ninth year --
A bard for the grunts.
Responsibility: Thomas R. Yarborough.

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In this work a decorated combat veteran, plus bestselling author, turns his sights on the true focal point of the Vietnam War. He unveils a chronicle of unsung U.S. courage in battle, while also  Read more...

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