Once A Warrior King
Memories of An Officer in VietnamBook - 1985
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David Donovan arrived in the Mekong Delta in April 1969, a raw and idealistic first lieutenant fresh from Special Warfare School. He was assigned to an isolated four-man team operating alone in a remote rural area of the Delta which was sent there to co-operate with village chiefs and local militia against the Vietcong. As chief commanding officer of his unit Donovan led patrol and combat missions, and he vividly re-creates the suspense of night ambushes and the high-pitched emotion of surprise attacks and man-to-man warfare in the swamps and jungles of the Delta. But Donovan was also involved with the lives of the local people in a role beyond that of military advisor, and ultimately he was inducted into a Vietnamese brotherhood - the honorary 'warrior kings'. _______Cassell Military, 2005 - Soldiers - 336 pages. __I ADD__ (possibly not in sequence) One ADVENTURE - He accompanied friend to red light district & they had to escape from VC Tax collectors! He hadn't thought to take any kind of a gun with him... . Was using a night scope when a VC eyeballed him. He pulled away from scope to see what was up & couldn't. VC had disappeared, when he got scope back on. So he told next watch keeper "I thought I saw something". __ His Commanding Officer was looking to extend career in army, went looking for a bravery citation - so had them engaging enemy groups that should have been left for larger friendly forces. __ This CO Discharged rifle to frighten VCS which ignited gas cylinder, that set off ammo. Lost own man who didn't escape. I don't recall fate of VCS. __ They radioed patrolling plane all enemy outside, then had to go out and check on something. Their motor and radio failed, could hear the patrolling plane coming back. __ On one of their patrols, he recalls being jumpy and almost shooting one of his own! __ They were sitting in their base, minding their own business, when a wailing crowd arrived, carrying children wounded from the school the VC had booby trapped. __ He had to ask for Arc-light strike (I think a few B52 attended to the matter? Dear Reader, please feel free to verify) on large VC formation, that was coming to visit them one night. __ Recalls the jungle would fall quiet, when any airstrikes were going in (I guess 20KM?) near to his base. Obviously an attuned VC would take this as an indication of an impending air strike, dig themselves a shallow skit trench and pray to their God, or indeed, commie non-god ! I guess.
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