On a dark night in the Mekong Delta, young platoon sergeant Edgar Eaton's courage and self-sacrifice would mean the difference between life and death for his wounded comrades. This is the story of Ed the sniper.
Ed doesn't plan on serving as a sniper; the small-town Oregon boy hopes to become a combat medic when he enlists at age 19. Instead, he finds himself an infantryman in the unique Army / Navy Riverine Force in the Mekong Delta. Quickly rising to the rank of platoon sergeant, Ed becomes one of the first members of the US Army to be specifically trained to be a sniper.
While Ed's actions on the night of April 3, 1969, have been celebrated in magazines, books, and a History Channel presentation, the full story of his combat service has never been told. Ed describes recollecting the events described in Mekong Mud Dogs as one of the toughest tasks he ever faced. Be glad he did. His acts of bravery and fortitude under fire are an inspiration and a reminder of other courageous acts by his brothers-in-arms, many of whose stories will never be told.
More information about Ed and his military service is available at edthesniper.com.
#2 rated on Amazon in Vietnam War catagory. This is 4 Star Clarion Review book.
©2014 Edgar Eaton (P)2014 Edgar Eaton
An articulate honest look at the Vietnam War and its continued impact. As a doctor in the VA system, itself flawed and hopefully healing as well, I've seen many Ed Eatons who are living in various stages of Ed's story. This is a must read for our countrymen and women.
The description of a combat soldier's life in the Mekong Delta.
Mispronunciation, flat, unenthusiastic
A serious, professional performer would make an effort to learn how to pronounce the unfamiliar words he encounters in his reading.
The book is definitely worth listening to. The men's lives within deserve to be remembered. However, The narrator doesn't speak with the emotion that the story deserves.
The life of a very young man as he faces the horrors of the Vietnam war
Easy to understand him!
My father served in Vietnam and I served 4 years in the army. It is great to hear people be very honest and tell how it was so I can see the difference of my service and my father's. My dad didn't talk much about what happened so finding books like this is a true treasure.
Wellllll, I'm not sure. Based on my experience in RVN,I have a feeling that many of the stories in this are an amalgamation of a tour of duty that spanned 12 Mo. But you ask what I liked most book, I must say I got a kick out of the authors naivety as it relates to the behavior of 20-21 yr. olds back in the 60's
a lot of struggling with many pretty standard military terms
Yes, what I don't understand is, how is it that during two tours in RVN and more than just a few fire fights I could count on one hand the number of live, in the bush, VC that I actually saw with my own eyes, and the author describes what sounds like he was in daily contact and his description of his A.O. had the area awash in NVA/VC. Could it have happened? well possibly but it would be the exception rather than the rule.
If you think we lost that war you go there sometime and see if that looks like a communist or capitalist country.
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