Tango 1-1 (Hardback)
9th Infantry Division LRPs in the Vietnam Delta
LRPs were all volunteers. They were in the spine-tingling, brain-twisting, nerve-wracking business of Long Range Patrolling. They varied in age from 18 to 30. These men operated in precision movements, like walking through a jungle quietly and being able to tell whether a man or an animal is moving through the brush without seeing the cause of movement. They could sit in an ambush for hours without moving a muscle except to ease the safety off the automatic weapon in their hand at the first sign of trouble. These men were good because they had to be to survive. Called LRP’s for short, they were despised, respected, admired and sometimes thought to be a little short on brains by those who watched from the sidelines as a team started out on another mission to seek out the enemy. They were men who can take a baby or small child in their arms and make them stop crying. They shared their last smoke, last ration of food, last canteen of water. They were kind in some ways, deadly in others. They were men who believed in their country, freedom, and fellow men. They were a new kind of soldier in a new type of warfare.
LRPs stand out in a crowd of soldiers. It's not just their tiger fatigues but the way they walk, talk and stand. They were proud warriors because they were members of the Long Range Patrol.
Tango 1-1 is more than a personal memoir, but a homage to Thayer’s unit and the men he fought alongside.GoodReads, Robert Neil Smith
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The book describes his war stories and military experience in an elite, basically a different story than the ordinary "grunt" of the US infantry in Vietnam. There are no particular reflections on the reason for the war, Thayer did not have the time during his time in Vietnam. But at the same time there is no particular hatred towards the enemy.On The Old Barbed Wire
The book is thus extremely interesting for its exceptional nature in telling, with great sincerity, the experiences of a man who intensely experimented with the fighting in the Vietnam War and returned to tell his story.
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"Fact is stranger than fiction" and "Tango 1-1" hit the mark for me. Personal accounts are a look behind the scenes and add clarity to what I have read about of similar circumstances/events. Thank you for your service, Jim, and the efforts you put into letting the rest of us understand what Vietnam was like.NetGalley, Allen Grew
I've read Tango 1-1 a book about the 9th Infantry Division LRPs in the Vietnam Delta by Jim Thayer. I have to thank Pen & Sword and Netgalley for making it available to me. I find it interesting reading about this conflict for some reason. This is somewhat different from most books about this war and the men who fought it. I recommend it for those interested in military history and the Vietnam war.NetGalley, Mikael Sandeberg