Yellow Green Beret, Volume II by Chester Wong
Stories of an Asian-American Stumbling around U.S. Army Special Forces (Volume 2)

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Yellow Green Beret: Volume II delves into many of the gaps in between the crooks and alleys of the keystone stories in Volume I that colored Chester Wong’s checkered career as a U.S. Army Special Forces officer - again, with the same brutal cynicism and genuine honesty in his portrayal of his experiences. As with Yellow Green Beret: Volume I, Wong relates his unusual experiences as an Asian-American special operations commander in a humanistic and flawed tone to which all can relate, and this collection helps further paint a detailed picture of the special operations world in which he lived. Both humorously self-deprecating and solemn at times, his accounts follow the painful road he took to reach the position of elite counterterrorist commander, and reveal his fleeting moments of fortitude and determination, despite having the odds often stacked against him. Again spanning his days as a young and naive West Point cadet to his later years as a counterterrorist commander in Iraq and the Philippines, Wong lays out stories that range from desperately taking singing lessons to improve his performance during karaoke parties with his Filipino special operations counterparts to the palpable nervousness and fog of war on his first helicopter raid to capture one of Iraq’s most dangerous insurgent leaders. Never hesitating to point out the difficulties and lessons he learned along the way, the author invites you to enjoy, laugh, and reflect upon his experiences along with him.
 

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After growing up in Northern California, Chester Wong attended West Point, and served in the United States Army as an Armor and Special Forces officer while based in Korea and Japan, respectively. He served and deployed in four combat tours to Iraq and the Philippines, and received several medals for his accomplishments, including two Bronze Star Medals. Wong also worked extensively throughout Southeast Asia and the Middle East in special operations missions. Yellow Green Beret is his first book.
 
Published April 6, 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 304 pages
Genres: History, War.

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Writing in a conversational tone, Wong describes the excitement of being an Asian-American in the military: “I stated who I was and that I was there to see Colonel King (cool name by the way—he’s a colonel, and he’s a king).” Although the breezy prose style at times works against a robust underst...

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With more fascinating details about life at the U.S. Military Academy and the day-to-day operations of the U.S. Army Special Forces, the Yellow Green Beret series continues with its unique mix of personal revelation, warrior-minded seriousness and average-guy sense of humor.

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In a follow-up to his first installment of essays on being a Green Beret, the author digs deeper into his own thought process behind attending West Point, completing the multiple obstacles in the process to becoming a Green Beret, and the mission of the Special Forces.

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