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CAP Mot: The Story of a Marine Special Forces Unit in Vietnam, 1968-1969
- 306 Pages

The Marines’ Combined Action Platoon program—CAP—was one of the most innovative approaches to pacification used in Vietnam. In an effort to win the populous over, the CAP lived among the villagers 24 hours a day for the express purpose of protecting and helping them to survive the dangers of their enemies.

Unlike other forces in Vietnam, the CAP forces did not arrive by helicopter in the morning and leave at night. The only time a CAP marine left the jungle was when he was rotating home, wounded or killed. The marines became familiar with the local terrain, could bring in heavy fire power when necessary, instilled discipline and confidence in the PF forces, and won the loyalty of many Vietnamese villagers.This book tells the story of Goodson's personal experiences as a CAP Marine in the jungles of Vietnam

-- Book provided by the generosity of the University of North Texas Press

Night Hunters: The AC-130s and Their Role in US Airpower ~ William P. Head - 440 Pages

In Night Hunters, air power historian William P. Head provides the first detailed study of the development and deployment of the AC-130 gunship. This four-engine cargo airframe proved to be not only the longest serving fixed-wing gunship but also the most effective by far.

During the Vietnam War, the US military developed the AC-130. Its ability to transport heavier payloads at higher altitudes across longer distances made it the logical choice to be the final Vietnam-era fixed-wing gunship and the only one that continues to fly missions in the twenty-first century.

Night Hunters offers a clear view of the role of gunships and of close air support in US wars. In today’s never-ending brushfire wars, the AC-130s continue to uphold their reputation for excellence.

-- Book provided by the generosity of Texas A&M University Press

Blades of Thunder (Book 1) ~ W. Larry Dandridge - 288 Pages

Six young Army pilots and green officers, all between 20 and 21 years old, arrive in Vietnam where they each become men, highly skilled pilots, and proficient officers within a few months. None of them will be the same after their first combat tour in Vietnam. All of them will bear the scars of war for life, either physically or mentally or both. All will be strengthened spiritually and none will ever be the same. Some will soon be dead and most will be injured or wounded within the next 12 months. One will become an amputee and all will suffer from varying degrees of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for the rest of their lives. All will become beloved brothers and all will honor their families, friends, and this great nation with their dedication, sacrifice, courage, and love of family, country, and God!

-- Book provided by the generosity of TVV Publishing LLC

Where Youth and Laughter Go: With the Cutting Edge" in Afghanistan - 392 Pages

The chronicle of Folsom’s command of 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, “The Cutting Edge,” and his harrowing deployment to Afghanistan’s volatile Sangin District presents a deeper look into the complexities and perils of modern counterinsurgency operations in America’s longest war.

LtCol Folsom made the unusual decision to patrol with his rifle squads every day through Sangin, where his Marines dodged improvised explosive devices and sniper fire from an invisible enemy. Where Youth and Laughter Go is more than a blood-and-guts war story, it is a jarring, “boots on the ground”–level examination of the myriad challenges and personal dilemmas that today’s young service members face as the United States approaches its final endgame in Afghanistan.

-- Book provided by the generosity of the Naval Institute Press

The Three Musketeers of the Army Air Forces ~ Robert O. Harder - 231 Pages (including note pages)

While scores of books have been published about the atomic bombings that helped end World War II, little has been written about the personal lives and relationship of the three men that led the raids. Paul Tibbets, Tom Ferebee, and Ted "Dutch" Van Kirk exemplified what Life Magazine meant when in 1942 it called the B-17 pilot, bombardier, and navigator "the three musketeers of the Army Air Forces." A former navigator-bombardier and pilot himself, Harder brings a fresh perspective to an otherwise well-known narrative. He provides a rare insider's look at exactly who these three fellows were, how they were trained, what they meant to each other, and finally how everything coalesced into the Hiroshima and Nagasaki attacks.

-- Book provided by the generosity of the Naval Institute Press

Doomed at the Start: American Pursuit Pilots in the Philippines, 1941-1942~ William H. Bartsch - 528 Pages

During the first three days of the Japanese assault on American Pacific bases in December of 1941, the 24th Pursuit Group, the only unit of interceptor aircraft in the Philippine Islands, was almost destroyed as an effective force. Yet the group’s pilots, doomed from the start by their limited training, an inadequate air warning system, and lack of familiarity with the few flyable pursuit aircraft they had left, fought on against immensely superior number of Japanese army and navy fighters.


-- Book provided by the generosity of the Texas A&M University Press

The Bridges of Vietnam - 240 Pages

This book is built around Fred Edward's journals, sent home during his first tour in Vietnam in 1966-67. His own meticulous research fits his individual experiences into a larger context, through Postscripts, extensive notes, and a thorough historical Chronology. The book is formatted so that the reader can move easily between the events in Vietnam in 1967-68 and the broader context as revealed through later research. The reader can thus move between Edward's personal experiences in Vietnam and the larger historical forces that sent him there. As a piece of the puzzle of Vietnam, this book holds great significance to those who were there and for students of that war.

-- Book provided by the generosity of the University of North Texas Press

Bloody Bill Anderson

From Torpedoes to Aviation - Washington Irving Chambers and technological Innovation in the New Navy, 1876-1913 ~ Stephen K. Stein (288 Pages)

This book chronicles the career of Washington Irving Chambers. By the close of his career, he had purchased the navy’s first aircraft and founded its air arm. Working with Glenn Curtiss, Chambers guided a coalition of aviation enthusiasts and pioneers who popularized naval aviation and demonstrated its capabilities. Chambers arranged the first take-off and landing of an airplane from a ship and other demonstrations of naval aviation. He also laid the groundwork for naval aviation and the important role it would play in the modern navy.

- Book provided by the generosity of the University of Alabama Press

The Making of a Paratrooper: Airborne Training and Combat in World War II ~ Kurt Gabel - 288 Pages

"In World War II, few American soldiers equalled the gallantry of the Army's airborne divisions. These forces were often dropped behind enemy lines, and despite casualties they triumphed in some of the bloodiest fighting of the war, including the Battle of the Bulge. One such paratrooper was Kurt Gabel, and this is his story. In "The Making of a Paratrooper" Gabel conveys both the dangers of combat and his transformation from romantic idealist to warrior. At the same time, he illuminates the collective experiences of his unit - the 17th Airborne's 513th Regiment."

- Book provided by the generosity of the University of Kansas Press

The Naval Air War in Korea ~ Richard P Hallion - 256 Pages

“In The Naval Air War in Korea, Dr. Hallion has captured the fact, feel- ing, and fancy of a very important conflict in aviation history, in- cluding the highly significant facets of the transition from piston to jet-propelled combat aircraft.”—Norman Polmar, author of Naval Institute Guide to the Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet, 18th Edition

- Book provided by the generosity of the University of Alabama Press

Blades of Thunder

Guide to the Richmond-Petersburg Campaign ~ Charles R. Bowery, Jr and Ethan S. Rafuse - 536 Pages

A concise, single-volume collection of official reports and personal accounts, the guide is organized in one-day and multi-day itineraries that take the reader to all the battlefields of the campaign, some of which have never before been interpreted and described for the visitor so extensively. Comprehensive campaign and battle maps reflect troop movements, historical terrain features, and modern roads for ease of understanding and navigation. A uniquely useful resource for the military enthusiast and the battlefield traveler, this is the essential guide for anyone hoping to see the historic landscape and the human face of this most decisive campaign of the Civil War.

- Book provided by the generosity of the University of Kansas Press

Colt Terry, Green Beret ~ Charles D. Patton - 240 Pages

Through one man’s career, Colt Terry, Green Beret portrays the birth and development of America’s most elite fighting unit. The 10th Special Forces Group was the first of the Green Beret units. Its five hundred men, all Airborne and mostly Rangers, received extensive training in everything from specialized weapons to uncommon languages. Their primary mission was to train and lead indigenous guerillas operating in enemy territory. Second Lieutenant Colt Terry, who had joined the 82nd Airborne in 1947, had already done this in Korea. As a volunteer in the 10th SFG, he carried on his service, working with the Montagnards in Vietnam and The Khmer in Cambodia. He fought at Pleiku, Duc Co, and Plei Me, and he ferried supplies and weapons on elephants into Cambodia.

This is the story of Curtis “Colt” Terry, one of the original Green Berets. The information for this story came primarily from Colt’s personal recollections documented in taped interviews. Many facts were confirmed with fellow paratroopers, military historians, and Special Forces NCOs and officers who served with him.

-- Book provided by the generosity of the University of Texas A&M Press

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