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Night of the Silver Stars: The Battle of Lang Vei

Phillips, William R.

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ISBN 10: 1557506914 / ISBN 13: 9781557506917
Published by Naval Inst Pr, Annapolis, Maryland, U.S.A., 1997
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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179pp/illus. During the night of 6-7 February 1968, two dozen US Army Green Berets and several hundred indigenous soldiers held off a numerically superior force of North Vietnamese tanks and infantry. This is the full account of the deadly stand by Special Forces Team A-101 at the tiny compound of Land Vei. Clean. Bookseller Inventory # 007091

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Title: Night of the Silver Stars: The Battle of ...

Publisher: Naval Inst Pr, Annapolis, Maryland, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Printing

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During the night of 6-7 February 1968, two dozen U.S. Army Green Berets and several hundred indigenous troops held off a numerically superior force of North Vietnamese tanks and infantry in one of the finest, most exciting examples of collective bravery, endurance, and the will to survive any war has produced. Here for the first time is the full account of that violent, deadly stand by Special Forces team A-101 at the tiny compound of Lang Vei. Nineteen Silver Stars, a Distinguished Service Cross, and a Medal of Honor were awarded, yet until now the battle has languished in the war's shadows. Making use of extensive interviews with survivors, recently uncovered oral histories, and official records, author William Phillips presents astounding tales of individual and team courage against overwhelming odds. He vividly recounts the story of eight Green Berets who held out all night against tank, grenade, and flamethrower attacks. He details the embattled camp's controversial and much-delayed relief and extraction―not by the U.S. Marines from Khe Sanh nine miles away but by super-secret MACV-SOG commandos and an air campaign of unprecedented proportions.

Phillips focuses on four Green Berets, including his first cousin, missing in action since the battle, to deliver a poignant, unforgettable portrait of some of America's finest soldiers leading their cherished Bru and Hre montagnard charges in the battle of their lives. A Vietnam combat veteran himself, Phillips weighs and analyzes the conflicting stories of snarled communications, faulty weapons, countermanded orders, and service rivalries to flush out the truth of Lang Vei. His balanced, highly readable account serves as a testament to those special warriors of whom so much was asked during the Vietnam War.

From the Back Cover:

They Knew They Were Alone.
They Knew The Enemy Was Coming.
But They Didn't Know What It Would Take To Survive...

In Vietnam, 1968, the enemy was planning the kind of overwhelming attack that broke the French at Dien Bien Phu. But while U.S. Marines dug in at Khe Sanh, and recon missions probed the Laotian border, the enemy proved elusive-until it struck full force on an isolated Green Beret outpost. In the early darkness of February 7th, two dozen U.S. Special Forces soldiers and their indigenous fighters were overrun, attacked by waves of ground troops, mortars, flame-throwers, and a weapon they had not prepared for: North Vietnamese tanks. The battle of Lang Vei had begun.

In this gripping, keenly told account, author William R. Phillips chronicles a desperate struggle for survival as the Green Berets held out against unrelenting fire from point blank range. Then, as the badly wounded Americans fought their way out of one death trap, they found themselves in another, still besieged with little hope for rescue-until a super secret, quick-reaction strike force launched one of the most daring missions of the war...

"The story of the Battle of Lang Vei is presented here in detail, with unswerving dedication to objectivity and accuracy by its author...I am pleased to recommend [this] book." -William C. Westmoreland, Gen., USA (Ret.)

"Bill Phillips has done a splendid job researching and re-creating one of the most harrowing battles of the Vietnam War." -Stephen Hunter, author of Point of Impact and Black Light

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