Vietnam Rough Riders

A Convoy Commander's Memoir
Narrated by: David Drummond
Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
Categories: History, Military
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In the Vietnam War, American "rough riders" drove trucks through hostile territory delivering supplies, equipment, ammunition, weapons, fuel, and reinforcements to troops fighting on the war's ever-shifting front lines. But, all too often, the convoys themselves became the front lines.

Frank McAdams, a Marine Corps lieutenant, learned that the hard way during a tour of duty that began right after the 1968 Tet Offensive and the siege at Khe Sanh. In this compelling memoir he recounts his personal battles - not only with a dangerous enemy but also with an incompetent superior and a sometimes indifferent military bureaucracy.

A decidedly different take on the Vietnam experience, his chronicle focuses on the ambush-prone truck convoys that snaked their way through dangerous terrain in narrow mountain passes and overgrown jungles. When an ambush occurred, strong leadership and quick thinking were required to protect both the convoy's mission and the lives of its men.

Fast-paced and highly absorbing, his book offers an insightful look at a largely neglected aspect of the Vietnam War, while reminding us of how frequently the crucible of war reveals one's true character.

©2013 The University Press of Kansas (P)2017 Tantor

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"A rare look at the unheralded efforts of the Marines whose courage and determination kept these vital lifelines open." (Otto J. Lehrack, author of No Shining Armor)
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great story

a good insight of what goes on inside a soldiers mind during wartime. LT McAdams shares his personal and professional views along with his experiences during his time serving as USMC officer.

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Great book

This is the only book I have been able to find about a convoy unit and I really enjoyed it. Crazy story told well. It was a little slow getting started, but kept my attention until the end.

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enjoy the book immensely

first of all I want to take the author for his service, The book is really interesting to me talks about part of the Vietnam war that I knew nothing about. we also learn a lot about leadership are lack thereof with his experiences.

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Excellent book

Frank McAdams had some real incompetent commanding officers in Vietnam, his Capt sounded like the typical go by the book officer and was a coward who dodged taking convoys out. As a Marine grunt myself who rode as a convoy escort, I can tell you the motor T Marines had no picnic. The convoy runs were hazardous from Quang Tri to LZ Stud. I don't know how he was able to deal with his incompetent superiors who should have been relieved of command. His Capt is lucky he wasn't fragged. My officers in my unit Charlie Company 1st bn 3rd Marines were competent, proffesionals and excellent leaders and thankful that they cared about their Marines. I highly recommend this book.

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A Good Read

Throughly enjoyed this book. I served in Viet Nam from 1971 to 1972 and rode in convoys through the Hai Van Pass numerous times.

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Horrible Narration

A really tough listen. I finished it, just to see what happens. I would not recommend even if you are stuck in the airport for three days!