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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (54 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Keith Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Deep in the jungles of Vietnam, Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry, the famed Blackhorse Regiment, was a specialized cavalry outfit equipped with tanks and armored assault vehicles. On the morning of March 26, 1970, they began hearing radio calls from an infantry unit four kilometers away that had stumbled into a hidden North Vietnamese Army stronghold. Outnumbered at least six to one, the ninety-man American company was quickly surrounded, pinned down, and fighting for its existence. Helicopters could not penetrate the dense jungle, and artillery and air support could not be targeted effectively. The company was fated to be worn down and eventually all killed or captured.

Overhearing the calls for help on his radio, Captain John Poindexter, Alpha Troop’s twenty-five-year-old commander, realized that his outfit was the only hope for the trapped company. It just might be possible that they could “bust” enough jungle by nightfall to reach them. Not making the attempt was deemed unacceptable, so he ordered his men to “saddle up.” With the courage and determination that makes legends out of ordinary men, they effected a daring rescue and fought a pitched battle—at considerable cost. Many brave deeds were done that day and Captain Poindexter tried to make sure his men were recognized for their actions.

Thirty years later Poindexter was made aware that his award recommendations and even the records of the battle had somehow gone missing. Thus began the second phase of this remarkable story: a “battle” to ensure that his brave men’s accomplishments would never be forgotten again.

The full circle was completed when President Obama stepped to the podium on October 20, 2009, to award the Alpha Troop with the Presidential Unit Citation: the highest combat award that can be given to a military unit.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jfarley | 11/6/2013

    " Interesting story, that the author pieced together from first hand accounts, but seeing as how it isn't well known, it isn't well documented, and... the book's a little thin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ct Banjo | 7/28/2013

    " Terrific account of a little know battle in Viet Nam and a heroic rescue led by Captain John Poindexter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Roadhouse | 6/9/2013

    " This was an great story about a significant battle during the war in Vietnam. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Axie Barclay | 3/4/2013

    " I'm not one that enjoys war books or Vietnam stories, but this book had me from page one. Nonfiction that reads like a novel. A truly interesting and inspiring tale of a battle the world almost forgot. "

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About the Author
Author Philip Keith

Philip Keith became a naval aviator after graduating from Harvard University. During three tours in Vietnam, he was awarded, among other decorations, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Air Medal for Gallantry, the Purple Heart, and the Navy Commendation Medal. He is also a columnist for the Southampton Press and a feature writer for magazines. He lives in Southampton, Long Island.