Under Fire with ARVN Infantry

Memoir of a Combat Advisor in Vietnam, 1966–1967


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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)

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, and an award-winning writer of 2500+ publications. He lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Bibliographic Details

Bob Worthington

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 45 photos maps, appendix, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7436-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3444-9
Imprint: McFarland

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