First Force Recon Company by Bill Peters
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In 1st Force Recon you performed at a very high level of proficiency. Or you died. . . .

In 1969, First Lieutenant Bill Peters and the Force Recon Marines had one of the most difficult, dangerous assignments in Vietnam. From the DMZ to the Central Highlands, their job was to provide strategic and operational intelligence to insure the security of American units as the withdrawal of the troops progressed.

Making perilous helicopter inserts deep in the Que Son Mountains, where the constant chatter of AK-47 rifle fire left no doubt who was in charge, Peters and the other men of 1st Force Recon Company risked their lives every day in six-man teams, never knowing whether they would live to see the sunset. Peters's accounts of silently watching huge movements of heavily armed NVA regulars, prisoner snatches, sudden-death ambushes, and extracts from fiercely fought firefights vividly capture the realities of Recon Marine warfare, and offer a gritty tribute to the courage, heroism, and sacrifice of the U. S. Marines. . . .

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About Bill Peters

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Originally from Rochester, Bill Peters has received fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst for his fiction. As an editor and journalist, he co-produced four arts and entertainment publications for the Springfield Republican daily newspaper and is now an editor for The New York Times News Service. He lives in Gainesville, Florida. This is his first book.
Published March 9, 2011 by Ballantine Books. 268 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War, Travel. Non-fiction

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