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In October, 1969, William Albracht, the youngest Green Beret captain in Vietnam, took command of a remote hilltop outpost called Fire Base Kate, held by only twenty-seven American soldiers and 150 Montagnard militiamen. He found their defenses woefully unprepared. At dawn the next morning, three North Vietnamese Army regiments—some 6,000 men—crossed the Cambodian border and attacked.

Outnumbered three dozen to one, Albracht’s men held off repeated ground assaults by communist forces with fierce hand-to-hand fighting, air support, and a dangerously close B-52 strike. For days, the NVA blanketed Kate in a rain of rockets, mortars, artillery, and machineguns and small arms fire, all while blocking efforts to resupply, reinforce, or evacuate the outpost. Albracht continually exposed himself to enemy fire in order to direct air strikes, guide resupply helicopters, distribute ammunition and water to his men, retrieve the dead, and rescue the wounded, often shielding men with his own body. Wounded by rocket shrapnel, he refused medical attention or evacuation. Exhausted from days without sleep, he continued to rally his men to beat off each new enemy attack.

After five days, Kate’s defenders were out of ammo and water. Aerial resupply was suicidal, and reinforcements were denied by military commanders who had written off Kate. Albracht refused to surrender or die in place. Refusing to allow his men to surrender, Albracht led his troops, including many wounded, off the hill and on a daring night march through enemy lines.

Abandoned in Hell is an astonishing memoir of leadership, sacrifice, and brutal violence; a riveting journey into Vietnam’s heart of darkness; and a compelling reminder of the transformational power of individual heroism. Not since Lone Survivor and We Were Soldiers Once … and Young has there been such a gripping and authentic account of battlefield courage.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This first-person narrative by two battle-tested American warriors describes what it was like defending a lost cause. Already being compared to Black Hawk Down and We Were Soldiers Once…and Young.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial reviews

  • “This fast-paced narrative encapsulates Vietnam War themes, significantly the bravery of grunts and company grade officers and their loyalty to one another, and also bureaucratic mistakes with tragic consequences made by inexperienced officers and government officials too far removed from front-line action…Readers of such excellent battlefield works as Harold Moore and Joseph Galloway’s We Were Soldiers Once…And Young will delve into this one.”

    Library Journal

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About the Author

William Albracht is a highly decorated Vietnam veteran and retired Secret Service agent whose twenty-five-year White House career included the protection details of four American presidents and numerous foreign dignitaries. Upon retirement, Albracht managed executive security operations at the Ford Motor Company before returning to his hometown to open a security consulting business.

About the Narrator

Brian O’Neill is a resident of New York City where he has worked continually in all aspects of the entertainment industry as a writer, actor, director, musician, and filmmaker for over twenty-five years. He currently serves on the faculty of the New York Film Academy as an acting instructor.