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From Larry J. Musson comes an authentic account of combat with an airborne company in the waterlogged rice paddies and demanding jungles of South Vietnam. Share the experiences of fighting men under punishing conditions, extreme temperatures, and intense monsoon rains as they search for the enemy in the rugged mountains and teeming lowlands. Relive all the terror, humor, and sadness of one man's tour of duty with real-life action in spectacular, stunning detail.

©2015 Larry J. Musson (P)2017 Tantor

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One of the best!

I am well read and served in the US Marine Corp. 1961 to 1967. This book was the best account with a simple overture to the War in Vietnam a reader.might come away with. Thankful I am to the author and those who gave it life.

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Unique Memoir of Vietnam War

The title comes from Musson's (Muss) experiences when his platoon had to run through the jungle to get to a helicopter pickup point, and they didn't have time to figure out if enemy or booby traps were there. Real scary, but these things happened.

Muss tells about several things that I hadn't come across in other memoirs or accounts. He tells about what he saw along the regular roads, how people were really living and things they did. Some of this was depressing, and it's new material that changed my perspectives.

One of the subjects Muss covers in a way that's completely new is the fragging of officers and NCOs, how it really was up close. This was real life and I've never seen it covered like this before.

From other sources we see how much the strategy of attrition was used in the war. But Muss simply recounts events and interactions for his infantry unit on the ground, and one can draw their own conclusions. In a war of attrition, survival is based in large part on luck.

Muss was lucky in some ways and unlucky in others. He had many close calls where he would have been killed except for luck. But he wasn't usually lucky when it came to enjoying time off or coming home to his girlfriend. Without warning or apparent cues, she married somebody else.

Great book!

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Interesting reading

I could hardly put down the book.the way the book was written, you feel as if you were there

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You won’t be disappointed!

I’ve listened to several books on Vietnam and have enjoyed them all. This book is no different. I found the narrator enjoyable and the book was an easy listen. Any military jargon is clearly explained and topics in the book are easy to understand. The combat scenes are detailed but not gory. The author also leaves politics out of the story. What you end up with is a detailed story about a soldiers day to day experiences while in Vietnam. From catching a flic at the movie theatre to calling in high explosive artillery on an enemy position.

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It never grabbed me

I've read all the positive reviews and I know this is a great story written by a great American.
But I just never could get into it - the narrator was pretty boring, but maybe it was just me.

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a wonderful book

I laughed and cried some too. a fascinating look at a company/battalion life in Vietnam. the things those men saw and had to do. I salute them all and say thank you.

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Great story, but the editor needs to be fired.

Story is good, but written like a pile of non-linear memories. Author keeps repeating acronyms definitions thru the book (TOC, Dustoff, VC-NVA, etc.). If you can get past the repetitive information, the story comes out pretty good. The editor or proofreader should of caught this - usually only the first occurrence of the acronym is defined. If you are reading this book, then most likely you already know about the Vietnam war. Also, author keeps writing "VC-NVA" .... can't you just call them VC, NVA, or the enemy?

As a former Infantry Grunt (US Army Light Infantry, 1986-1989) and veteran of operations in Honduras and Panama, and a amateur historian of the US involvement in Vietnam, I can relate to Jungle operations and maneuvers.

Narrator has a good voice, and is easy to listen to. I'll be looking for other books narrated by David Drummond.

Muss - thank you for your service, and for sharing your memories.

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Meh...

You know that old guy who tells you how great he was at everything when he was younger? Well this is like reading his autobiography about how great he was at everything.

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Narration ruins an interesting an excellent book

The story and writing are well worth a read if the day to day lives of those who fought in the conflict are of interest to you however the voice narrator ruins the book by reading at a super high speed and with little expression or feeling. Such a shame they couldn't do the book and the soldiers more honour by a bit of quality control.