The Fifth Special Forces in the Valleys of Vietnam, 1967

An Insider’s Account


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About the Book

In 1966, U.S. Army Special Forces were pushed out of the A Shau Valley by the North Vietnamese Army. In 1967, Douglas Coulter, serving with the Fifth Special Forces Group, led five-man reconnaissance teams into A Shau to discover whether NVA and Viet Cong troops were marshalling for an attack on the ancient city of Hue. His clear-eyed memoir recalls nighttime helicopter insertions and deep-jungle patrols miles behind enemy lines, and reflects on the cruel narcissism of U.S. moral and military superiority as the underlying cause of the Vietnam War.

About the Author(s)

The late Douglas Coulter was a finance professor at Moscow State University. Previously he was a finance professor at Peking University for 24 years and a commissioner and chairman of the Copyright Royalty Tribunal in Washington, D.C.

Bibliographic Details

Douglas Coulter
Foreword by General Henry Shelton
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 240
Bibliographic Info: 24 photos, appendix, index
Copyright Date: 2023
pISBN: 978-1-4766-9020-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4807-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii
Foreword by General Henry Hugh Shelton 1
Preface 5
Prologue: In the A Shau Valley 7
Part I—My Road to A Shau 11
Part II—Vietnam 29
Afterword 217
Appendix 221
Douglas Coulter Military Service History 229
Index 231