Under Fire with ARVN Infantry
Memoir of a Combat Advisor in Vietnam, 1966–1967
About the Book
From 1945 to 1973, more than 100,000 members of the U.S. military were advisors in Vietnam. Of these, 66,399 were combat advisors. Eleven were awarded the Medal of Honor, 378 were killed and 1393 were wounded. Combat advisors lived and fought with South Vietnamese combat units, advising on tactics and weapons and liaising with local U.S. military support.
Bob Worthington’s first tour (1966–1967) began with training at the Army Special Warfare School in unconventional warfare, Vietnamese culture and customs, advisor responsibilities and Vietnamese language. Once in-country, he acted as senior advisor to infantry defense forces and then an infantry mobile rapid reaction force. Worthington worked alongside ARVN forces, staging operations against Vietcong and North Vietnamese Army units, and coordinated actions with the U.S. Marines. He describes a night helicopter assault by a 320-man ARVN battalion against a 1,200-man NVA regiment. On another night, the Vietcong ceased fire while Worthington arranged a Marine helicopter to medevac a wounded baby.
About the Author(s)
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 45 photos maps, appendix, index
Copyright Date: 2018
Book Reviews & Awards
• Gold Medal for Excellence in Literature—Military Writers Society of America
• “A good story by a good man…and a good soldier”—The VVA Veteran
• “A must-read…written with humility, honesty, and keen self-reflection…readers will find an honest assessment of American and South Vietnamese soldiers as Worthington saw them”—Military Writers Society of America