By Doug Stanton
On a unmarried evening, January 31, 1968, as many as 100,000 infantrymen within the North Vietnamese military attacked thirty-six towns all through South Vietnam, hoping to topple the govt. and dislodge American forces. 40 younger American squaddies of a military reconnaissance platoon (Echo corporation, 1/501) of the a hundred and first Airborne department and hailing from small farms, seashore cities, and such giant towns as Chicago and la are unexpectedly thrust into savage strive against, having been in-country just a couple of weeks. Their battles opposed to either North Vietnamese military squaddies and toughened Viet Cong guerillas are relentless, usually hand-to-hand, and waged evening and day throughout touchdown zones, rice paddies, hamlets, and dense jungle. The hard daily life, which consists of ambushes on each side, grueling gun battles, and heroic rescues of wounded comrades, forges the crowd right into a lifelong brotherhood. The Odyssey of Echo Company is set the younger males who survived this epic span, and facilities at the searing stories of 1 of them, Stanley Parker, who's wounded 3 times through the fighting.
When the younger males come domestic, a few come upon a rustic that doesn’t comprehend what they've got suffered and survived. a lot of them fall silent, realizing that few in their countrymen are looking to pay attention the outstanding tale they've got lived to tell—until now. in keeping with 1000s of hours of interviews, dozens of private letters written within the strive against area, Pentagon after-action studies, and commute to the conflict websites with the various infantrymen (who meet their Vietnamese counterpart), and augmented by means of specified maps and memorable strive against area pictures, The Odyssey of Echo Company breaks in the course of the wall of time to recount usual younger American males in a rare time in the US and confirms Doug Stanton’s prominence as an unprecedented storyteller of our age.
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