In the early morning hours of April 1, 1970, more than four hundred North Vietnamese soldiers charged out into the open and tried to overrun FSB Illingworth. The battle went on, mostly in the dark, for hours. Exposed ammunition canisters were hit and blew up, causing a thunderous explosion inside the FSB that left dust so thick it jammed the hand-held weapons of the GIs. Much of the combat was hand-to-hand. In all, twenty-four Americans lost their lives and another fifty-four were wounded.
Nearly one hundred enemy bodies were recovered. It was one of the most vicious small-unit firefights in the history of U.S. forces in Vietnam. As in his acclaimed book Blackhorse Riders, a finalist for the prestigious Colby Award, Phil Keith uncovers a harrowing true story of bravery and sacrifice by the men who fought valiantly to hold FSB Illingworth-a tale never-before-told and one that will not be soon forgotten.
©2013 Philip Keith (P)2014 Tantor
"A harrowing tale that centers on an exhausted, ragtag group of U.S. Army troops as they fought for their lives against a 400-man North Vietnamese Army regiment in a vicious engagement in 1970. The heart of the book is a virtually minute-by-minute description of the fighting." (Publishers Weekly)
This book and its reading rank as high as any for me, only in part because of a personal connection I have to FSB Illingworth.
Ralph Jones. I can easily relate to him because he is from Cincinnati and was on the 2/32 8 inch Howitzer as was I.
Having been there (April 1st, 1971- exactly one year after the attack on FSB Illingworth) I can picture the entire event. I might not use the word "favorite" though.
My extreme reaction was one of appreciation for the author doing this book. Because I knew of this event, I always felt it deserved this outstanding recognition.
Thank you... this book fills in many gaps to my memories. God Bless.
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