On March 26, 1970, Captain John Poindexter, commander of Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry—the famed Blackhorse Regiment—began hearing radio calls from an outnumbered unit under heavy fire. Alpha Troop effected a daring rescue—at considerable cost.
Somehow, Poindexter’s award recommendations, and even the records of the battle, went missing. Thus began a thirty-nine-year odyssey to ensure that his men’s accomplishments would be remembered. On October 20, 2009, President Obama awarded Alpha Troop with the Presidential Unit Citation: the highest combat award that can be given to a military unit.
In Blackhorse Riders, Philip Keith chronicles Alpha Troop’s two battles in an inspiring story of courage and perseverance.
Hardcover Book : 352 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press Inc. ( February 01, 2012 )
Item #: 13-550026
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 inches
Product Weight: 15.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Book started a little slow with setting up the story, but that was needed and when Alpha Troop went into action, it went way to fast. I also enjoyed reading about where the men are at now and that Charlie company was trying to be added to the PUC.
I was in the Army but never in combat. I have read a lot of military history and in reading this book I felt like I was there and experienced this firsthand. It is a shame that these incredible men went so long without the recognition they deserved. These are the men I would want beside me in combat.
Reviewer: Bob W
As a Vietnam combat veteran from Sept 69 thru Sept 70, I can honestly state that this book is probably the truest account of the Vietnam war ever published. So well written, that the author takes you to and into the battle. His blending of actual facts and the stories of the veterans who fought the battle is awesome. Author Philip Keith deserves a round of applause for his work. If you are a Vietnam veteran or family member, you owe it to yourself to read this work, and if your wandering about this war then this is the place to start. God Bless all our veterans, past and present and those currently on active duty.
Reviewer: Bryan C