An American Paratrooper and the 1972 Battle for An Loc
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Washington’s stampede to extricate itself from Indochina in the early 1970s resulted in an unintentional, and unfortunate, consequence: an upsurge in combat on a scale not seen before in Vietnam. This ramping up peaked with the Easter Offensive of 1972. In True Faith and Allegiance: An American Paratrooper and the 1972 Battle for An Loc, Mike McDermott—one of the most highly decorated soldiers of the Vietnam War—offers an intimate and compelling account of brutal infantry warfare, and a critique of the mishandling of America’s departure from Indochina.
The battle for An Loc, a key component in the North Vietnamese attempt to overwhelm the South, swept McDermott, then the senior advisor to an elite South Vietnamese paratrooper battalion, into some of the most horrific close-quarters fighting of the war. His in-the-trenches account is augmented by detailed descriptions of the parachute resupply, tactical airpower, and B-52 strikes that allowed the An Loc garrison to survive.
True Faith and Allegiance is a riveting recounting of the prism through which a Vietnam veteran views the war as he continues to live with the aftereffects of life-altering experiences in the service of his country.
Hardcover Book : 208 pages
Publisher: Board of Trustees ( February 02, 2012 )
Item #: 13-550034
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 inches
Product Weight: 10.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)