|SOG : The Secret Wars of America's Commandos in Vietnam by John L. Plaster (1997, Hardcover) : John L. Plaster (1997)|
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|Author||John L. Plaster|
|Number Of Pages||368 pages|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster|
|LC Classification Number||DS558.92.P55 1997|
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John Plaster has written the definitive book on the activities of the “Studies and Observation Group” during the war in Vietnam. Too many aspects of this war were swept under the carpet and kept secret from the American public during the war. As an aviator who supported SOG, I feel liberated now that
our story is finally being told.
I had the privilege to serve with many of the men whose actions and conduct were featured in this book. To describe their actions as being astoundingly heroic does them a dis-service. The characters are so strongly described so as to be nearly mythical, human but much more. Where does this country find men like Robert Howard, the most highly decorated serviceman of any US War, lost in the corrupt noise of the Anti-War movement by a gutless Government and worse Media?
The stories in this book could be the basis for a hundred movies, and viewers of such movies would be hard-pressed to imagine stories that are repeated over and over about legends like Sergeant Major Billy Waugh, Mad Dog Shriver, CCC, CCN and much more. How about a 60 man unit that received no fewer than 5 Medals of Honor, and certainly earned a hundred more with their peers?
The modern SOG traces its roots all the way back to the First Special Service Force of World War II. I would recommend it to every American School and College. It might help Americans to better understand where their freedoms come from, and at what price. These were MEN who gave everything to their duty. Their bonds transcended all forms of conventional loyalty, but always beginning with their teammates. Their oaths were their lives.
I believe on what was said in the book, beacause I have a friend who was there. This is a very true story of our great warriors in the Green Berets. They were the ones who fought the VC and the NVA by their seat of their pants and was out numbered at all times. You have to read all of his books to get the understandings of what they went thru during the Vietnam War. I wish we could find out of what happened to the ones who didn't make it out or we should bring them home with the help of JPAC.
Major Plaster gives you a well crafted history of the Studies Observation Group (SOG) that inspires you to keep reading the brave actions of these dedicated men, to the point that you may just not put it down until you are finished. The behind enemy lines accounts of what was not being told to the public is just sunning. SOG operations were aimed at the heart of disrupting and defeating the NVA, yet the politics of the time ignored these accounts. You will learn how the NVA transported and hid supplies in Laos and Cambodia, moved rapidly through the jungle and how much they feared our SOG teams. This is an excellent read.
this book give a very good detail of how us special forces, SOG , operated in vietnam war. recommended for anyone interested in special forces warfare