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Baptism: A Vietnam Memoir

Baptism: A Vietnam Memoir [Kindle Edition]

Larry Gwin
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"The 2nd Battalion of the 7th Cavalry had the dubious distinction of being the unit that had fought the biggest battle of the war to date, and had suffered the worst casualties. We and the 1st Battalion."

A Yale graduate who volunteered to serve his country, Larry Gwin was only twenty-three years old when he arrived in Vietnam in 1965. After a brief stint in the Delta, Gwin was reassigned to the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) in An Khe. There, in the hotly contested Central Highlands, he served almost nine months as executive officer for Alpha Company, 2/7, fighting against crack NVA troops in some of the war's most horrific battles.

The bloodiest conflict of all began November 12, 1965, after 2nd Battalion was flown into the Ia Drang Valley west of Pleiku. Acting as point, Alpha Company spearheaded the battalion's march to landing zone Albany for pickup, not knowing they were walking into the killing zone of an NVA ambush that would cost them 10 percent casualties.

Gwin spares no one, including himself, in his gut-wrenching account of the agony of war. Through the stench of death and the acrid smell of napalm, he chronicles the Vietnam War in all its nightmarish horror.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1436 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B009BOFHXQ
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reissue edition (10 Dec 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NJUP52
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,910 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vietnam memoir 1 Oct 2008
By Luke34
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A Natural follow on from the book "We were soldiers once... and young" by Harold Moore and Joseph Galloway. A great book that paints a picture no hollywood film ever could. The emotion with which the book is written is evident in every sentance. I also reccomend "Blood Trails by Christopher Ronnau". A regular foot soldiers account of his time in vietnamBlood Trails: The Combat Diary of a Foot Soldier in Vietnam
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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If you've read "We were soldiers once... and young" by Harold Moore and Joseph Galloway, Larry Gwin's book tells about the events in the Ia Drang Valley immediately following Moore and Galloway's account.

If you haven't, then be prepared for an excellent although painful account of bloody battles in Vietnam in 1965. I've read a lot of Vietnam memoirs and this is a special one, as is the Moore/Galloway. I also recommend "Platoon Leader" by James McDonough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Honest, uncompromising and an excellent read 12 Aug 2010
By Jim
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I've read numerous autobigraphical books from Vietnam veterans and only came across this book by while searching on Amazon. Very surprised i'd never heard of this as it is not only a very good read, but the first account i've ever come across from one of the guys who was there at the battle of LZ Albany in the Ia Drang valley that occured immediately after the LZ X-ray battle. A very honest and open account of Gwin's tour in Vietnam that makes no attempt to glamourise the war or his role in it and tells it like it was. Very easy to read and i found it truly fascinating having read many books of this genre. Deserves more recognition and i was very pleased to have found this book. Well worth a read for either those with knowledge of the vietnam war or even those who know very little of that era. not to be missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Front line combat at it's very best 6 May 2009
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This is one of the very best front line memoirs that I have read about the Vietnam War. The Author served as a rifle company 2 i/c in the 1st Air Cavalry Division. His writing conveys vividly the stress, fear and noise of combat. He is honest in his opinions and readily admits to his own failings. Anyone reading this book will find that it links up very well with We were Soldiers Once and Young.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tells it how it was 18 Nov 2013
By Longarm
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The author brings home to the reader some of the reality of what it was like to serve in a combat zone. Gwin is honest about his feelings and that candour only adds to the narrative. It is an account of one man's war without over playing his contribution, if anything he is incredibly modest. I have read many books about the Vietnam war and this book ranks alongside Colonel Hal Moore's "We were soldiers" as one of my personal favourites.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read. Highly Recommended. 30 April 2014
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I read this book following "We were soldiers and young" and "We are soldiers still". I thoroughly enjoyed reading all three. The Film "We were Soldiers" I thought was very good and reading the book opened my eyes to what actually happened. This book also told the story of the men who marched into the same battle and fought with them before being asked to march a short distance to another landing Zone. The most striking thing for me was the Military Leadership did not appreciate what had happened at either landing zone. An excellent read from a man who lived through absolute hell, and came out of it a deeply troubled and changed man. 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable read 24 April 2014
By j White
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Really enjoyed this book, it was well written and managed to maintain my interest throughout, would highly recommend it to anyone.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad probably worth 3.5 stars 17 Mar 2014
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Honest account, describes the chaos of battle well, personally the grunts eye view tend to be the more exciting books but this Junior officer seem to get involved a fair bit. I enjoyed the blackjack 33 and 34 books more.
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