Company of Heroes

Company of Heroes

A Forgotten Medal of Honor and Bravo Company's War in Vietnam

Book - 2015
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There are many broad studies of the Vietnam War, but this work offers an insight into the incredible and harrowing experiences of just a small number of men from a single unit, deep in the jungles of Vietnam and Cambodia. It is the remarkable account of a Medal of Honor recipient whose brave actions were forgotten for over three decades: Leslie Sabo Jr. Sabo and other replacement soldiers in Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry (Currahees), 101st Airborne Division, were involved in intense, bloody engagements such as the battle for Hill 474 and the Mother's Day Ambush. Beginning with their deployment at the height of the blistering Tet Offensive, and using military records and interviews with surviving soldiers, Eric Poole recreates the terror of combat amidst the jungles and rice paddies of Vietnam. He tells the remarkable story of how Sabo earned his medal, as Bravo Company forged bonds of brotherhood in their daily battle for survival.
Publisher: Oxford, UK : Osprey Publishing, 2015.
ISBN: 9781472807915
147280791X
Branch Call Number: 356.16609 POOLE
Characteristics: 304 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm

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Feb 23, 2020

Very good telling of one heroic soldier's story in Vietnam. Leslie Sabo saved the lives of dozens of fellow servicemen in Cambodia but was effectively lost to history when his award nomination went missing and his fellow soldiers all redeployed from the war and went their separate ways. The book has some flaws; it is disjointed and the author's bouncing around in time and space does not really work the way the author wanted it to work. Also the author repeatedly misidentifies weapons and tactics - mistakes that a little more research and better editing should have caught. Still, this is compelling reading. Sabo's life story and the story of his family and town left behind complete the narrative of the hero on the battlefield.

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