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Publisher's Summary

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

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reader has absolutely no emotion at all

good story, boring reader, no emotion at all, still sounds like that place and how the politicians forced our people to fight is shameful

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Great book

This book was great and for those who remember Vietnam, you didn't have to be there, you will remember what he is talking about.

While this is not a book you are going to call your friend to read you will be glad you did.

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The story of our nations journey through Vietnam

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.

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  • Toolie
  • Rapid City, SD United States
  • 02-07-16

An Interesting Account of Vietnam Combat

Would you consider the audio edition of Mekong Mud Dogs to be better than the print version?

No

What did you like best about this story?

The description of a combat soldier's life in the Mekong Delta.

What three words best describe Jason P. Hilton’s voice?

Mispronunciation, flat, unenthusiastic

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No

Any additional comments?

A serious, professional performer would make an effort to learn how to pronounce the unfamiliar words he encounters in his reading.

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The story is a great one. narrator not so

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.

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True Mud Dogs

If you could sum up Mekong Mud Dogs in three words, what would they be?

The life of a very young man as he faces the horrors of the Vietnam war

What does Jason P. Hilton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Easy to understand him!

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Great book on one person's account of Vietnam

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.

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  • TIMOTHY
  • BARRINGTON, IL, United States
  • 04-28-15

CONSTANT CONTACT

What did you like best about Mekong Mud Dogs? What did you like least?

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

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

anticlimactic

What three words best describe Jason P. Hilton’s performance?

a lot of struggling with many pretty standard military terms

What else would you have wanted to know about Ed Eaton’s life?

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.

Any additional comments?

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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