A Snake in the Road: Things Are Not What They Appear to
Be. By Col. William G. Hanne, USA
(Ret). Michael A. Feinberg. ISBN: 978-943842-88-9.
A different take on the U.S. involvement in Vietnam from the
perspective of Capt. William G. Hanne of the Military Assistance Command.
After his first tour of duty in 1965-66, Hanne didn’t know
what to expect when he was redeployed for a second tour in 1971-72. The
progress he saw in competency development and nation building in the Mekong
Delta and the Seven Mountains area surprised him.
So did Washington’s mishandling of the potential opportunity
to make a real and lasting difference for the Vietnamese people.
After a 29-year career in the U.S. Army, Hanne retired as a colonel
from the National Telemetry Processing Center of the National Security Agency.
This book incorporates the wisdom gained from nearly 30 years
of experience in military intelligence and strategic analysis. It also reflects
the depth of understanding that came from immersing himself in the local
culture and working directly with the Vietnamese 9th ARVN Infantry Division as
A Dusty Boot Soldier Remembers, Twenty Four Years of Improbable
but True Tales of Life with Uncle Sam's Army. By Col. Lawrence Redmond, USA (Ret). Hellgate Press. ISBN
Dusty Boot Soldier Remembers is the personal
memoir of Col. Larry Redmond, USA (Ret). It covers his 24-year military career,
beginning with his commissioning as an infantry lieutenant in 1962, upon
graduation from Providence College to various command and staff positions with
the 101st Airborne Division, 8th Special Forces Group Airborne, XVIII Airborne
Corps, the 82d Airborne Division, and various other special operations units.
Colonel Redmond did two combat tours in Vietnam and had overseas assignments
that took him to Panama, Thailand, England, and Israel. Reviewers have called
Colonel Redmond a “true warrior and patriot” and a “superb soldier,” and have
hailed his book as “sincere and thrilling” and a “must read.”
Where Youth and Laughter Go: With the Cutting Edge in
Afghanistan. By Lt. Col. Seth W. B. Folsom, USMC. Naval Institute Press. ISBN 978-1-61251-871-8.
This book is Lt.
Col. Seth Folsom’s third in a series chronicling his combat service in Med-East
war operations that began during the 2003 invasion of Iraq (The Highway War: A Marine Company Commander
in Iraq (Potomac Books Inc., 2006) and continued with In the Gray Area: A Marine Advisor Team at
War (Naval Institute Press, 2010).
Where Youth and Laughter Go: With the Cutting
Edge in Afghanistan
documents the time frame and events during Folsom’s tour as the commander of
the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7), nicknamed “The Cutting Edge,”
including his deployment to Afghanistan’s dangerous Sangin District of Helmand
Province in 2011-12. As with his two other award-winning books, the book is a
forthright, sobering account of the grit, grime, frustration, death and
dismemberment experienced on today’s battlefields in the Middle East. Much of
the narrative is not for the faint of heart, as he recounts numerous fatal
encounters with insurgents and detailed accounts of many Marines who were
maimed by IED explosions but survived to be hospitalized and afforded the
full-range of medical care and rehabilitation at superb U.S. medical
facilities. Like Marine Corps battalions before them, “The Cutting Edge”
Marines of 3/7 brought the fight to the enemy in Sangin, and through their work
with the local government and security forces, they gave the people there a
chance to define their own destiny. The Marines and sailors stood tall, kept
their honor clean, and carried on the historical legacy of their forefathers.
Due to the efforts of 3/7 and all of the other units that have deployed there,
Sangin District became a better and safer place for its people.