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Elite Bastards (Hardback)

The Combat Missions of Company F, LRP Teams in Vietnam

Colour Books Military > Post-WWII Warfare > Vietnam Military > Pre-WWI > American History

By Edward Dvorak
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 296
Illustrations: 45 colour & black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526789655
Published: 20th July 2023



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This is the quintessential first-person combat memoir of a special forces soldier at war. Edward Dvorak joined the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vietnam in the summer of 1967. He then joined Company F, 51st Infantry, Long Range Patrol, Airborne.

For Dvorak and his buddies of Company F, LRP, their real training started with the MACV (Military Assistant Command Vietnam) Recondo School at the 5th Special Forces Compound in Nha Trang, South Vietnam. That training culminated with an actual Combat LRP mission. If you lived through the patrol, you graduated.

Dvorak would remain with Company F for 19 months going on dozens of combat patrols deep behind enemy lines.

Rightly noted as 'The quintessential first-person combat memoir of a special forces soldier fighting in the jungles of Vietnam', "Elite Bastards: The Combat Missions of Company F, LRP Teams in Vietnam" is enhanced with the inclusion of a section of full color historic photos. A compelling and memorable read from start to finish, "Elite Bastards" is a high value, seminal, and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, community, and college/university library Vietnam War collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.


Midwest Book Review

"...a very readable book that more than equals its striking cover."

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About Edward Dvorak

Edward Dvorak voluntarily enlisted on May 1, 1967, for a 3-year tour of active duty in the US Army. After three months in Vietnam, he volunteered for Company F, 51st Infantry, Long Range Patrol, Airborne. Company F was formed from volunteers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade and Company E from volunteers of the 101st Airborne Division. The two LRP Companies eventually became the first two Long Range Patrol Companies of the 75th Ranger Regiment when it was activated on 1 February 1969. He remained with Company F LRPs for 19 months and was promoted from a Spec 4 to Staff Sergeant during that time period. He served in every position on a LRP Team, which culminated with his promotion to the team leader (TL) for LRP Team 1-3. Among his many decorations, Dvorak earned the Combat Infantry Badge (CIB), Silver Star, Bronze Star with “V” Device, and the Purple Heart with one Oak Leaf cluster (2 Purple Hearts). Having served in combat in a “High Speed/Low Drag” LRP Unit, he became bored with his construction job after leaving the military and joined the LA County Sheriff’s Department on January 3, 1973. He served with LASD in multiple units for 31 years and honorably retired at the rank of Detective Lieutenant.

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