Fighting Viet Cong in the Rung Sat

Memoir of a Combat Adviser in Vietnam, 1968-1969

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About the Book

The Vietnam War was not going well in 1968. The January Tet Offensive—a tactical defeat but strategic victory for North Vietnam—showed the U.S. military and the American public that after years of fighting, the enemy remained determined, no nearer defeat. Americans grew war weary and soured on their government’s involvement while politicians and top military leaders could not agree on how to win or how to withdraw. Between combat tours, Bob Worthington served as a U.S. Army company commander—a job he came to despise. Experiencing what he perceived as a degradation in the Army’s senior command, he resigned his commission. Yet he needed money to complete graduate school and volunteered to return to Vietnam as a combat advisor. Worthington’s memoir describes his participation in the fiercest fighting of the war, on the Cambodian border, where he almost died of Hookworm and was shot in a night operation. Assigned to Saigon to recuperate, he was tasked with creating an advisor team to train South Vietnamese commandos to conduct raids in the swamps south of Saigon, the Rung Sat Special Zone. For seven months they were successful, with Worthington receiving four combat awards.

About the Author(s)

Bob Worthington is a retired Army officer with 15 years in the infantry and special operations and 10 years as a clinical psychologist. He is also a retired university professor, having taught psychology, business and journalism. As an award-winning writer, he has over 2500 publications. He lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Bibliographic Details

Bob Worthington
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 40 photos, index
Copyright Date: 2021
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7941-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4396-0
Imprint: McFarland