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15 Months in SOG: A Warrior's Tour

15 Months in SOG: A Warrior's Tour [Kindle Edition]

Thom Nicholson
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"When we cross the border: no ID, and it's kiss yourself good-bye if Charlie gets ahold of you."

In Vietnam, the Military Assistance Command's Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG) fielded small recon teams in areas infested with VC and NVA. Because SOG operations suffered extraordinary casualties, they required extraordinary soldiers. So when Capt. Thom Nicholson arrived at Command and Control North (CCN) in Da Nang, SOG's northernmost base camp, he knew he was going to be working with the cream of the crop.

As commander of Company B, CCN's Raider Company, Nicholson commanded four platoons, comprising nearly two hundred men, in some of the war's most deadly missions, including ready-reaction missions for patrols in contact with the enemy, patrol extractions under fire, and top-secret expeditions "over the fence" into Laos, Cambodia, and North Vietnam. Colonel Nicholson spares no one, including himself, as he provides a rare glimpse into the workings of one of the military's most carefully concealed reconnaissance campaigns.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1299 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B000UCKQOI
  • Publisher: Presidio Press; 1st edition (2 Mar 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004KABDT8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #89,446 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 8 July 2001
By A Customer
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This is without question the best book I've read about the vietnam war, and I have read many. It's an amazing account of a secret war fought in Charlie's back yard where detection often meant death. The descriptions of ambushes, immediate action drills, hot extractions and patrols are so fantastically detailed you can taste the tension. If you have any interest in the men who fought in this war you must read this book. The bravery and camaraderie demonstrated by these men is breath taking and inspiring.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I have read a few books on Vietnam, but most were confusing terms and not told like a story. This author makes the different places visited seem more real. He tells it like a story, not a military order. You only want to keep reading and reading, because you like him and his comrades so much. I enjoyed this book as much as some fiction novels I have read. You will close the book feeling like you know the author, and that you were with him. You will think of the chapters for days after. Everyone should read this book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars an officers perspective 25 Jun 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
this book is written from a career soldiers perspective and as such, there is not a lot of action. the guy writes long descriptions about individuals he encounters as if to try and pad the book out. he has chapters dedicated to things which are obviously interesting and amusing to himself - such as him aquiring a jeep or a set of diving gear- but nobody else. he tries to make a lot of of what little action he saw.
there are possibly 2 chapters in this book worth reading and i was bored with it. if you want a better acount of the vietnam special operations, from the actual soldiers on the ground read the book SOG you wont be able to put it down. or an alternative, is dear mom the sniper book, although it is not special forces.
overall this book is ok for passing the time if you can get it cheap or second hand but dont pay full price for it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Human view of War 29 Sep 2002
By Sirius
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When I bought this book i thought "another book full of military slang, weapon numbers, and macho Gung-ho comaradery".
I was very wrong. This story ofthe 'NAM is portrayed in such a way that it will appeal to the Hardcore military story enthusiasts and to those who aren't.
Its told in story form and every Miltary word is explained as you go.
I would definetley recommend this book to anyone, young or old!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a gripping true account of a real American hero 17 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Read this true story of one of Americas real heroes from the Vietnam war. The author served in the Studies & Observation Group, or SOG. It was one of the most secretive units and performed the hairiest missions all over Southeast Asia. A great read telling the tales of a few men in the enemies backyard. I collect special operations books and I highly recommend this story of courage, honor and duty to our country.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous....a great read. 9 Feb 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book based on the other recommendations listed here.
I too found this a great read...gripping and intense yet very thought provoking also.
In the book we get Col. Thom Nicholson's account of life "in country" with Spec. Forces. His experiences are both joyous and sad affairs, the loss of friends and colleagues alike seem to age the writer (in the book) beyond his years...and he is left with a deep routed sense of wrong for the Vietnam war.
Excellently written, I'd recommend (and have done) this book to anyone.
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Five Stars!!! Up close and personal. Not since reading SLA Marshall's books have I read anything so up close to the individual soldier. The big difference is Marshall just wrote about it. Nicholson did it and than had the ability to write about it. I hope the rest of his life experiences are as compelling and he chooses to write about them.
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