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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eric Poole Narrator: Chris Henry Coffey Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On May 10, 1970, during the Cambodian Incursion, Army Specialist Leslie Sabo Jr., twenty-two-years old, married only thirty days before shipping out and on active duty for just six months, died as his patrol was ambushed near a remote border area of Cambodia. When an enemy grenade landed near a wounded comrade, Sabo used his body to shield the soldier from the blast. Despite being mortally injured, he crawled towards the enemy emplacement and threw a grenade into the bunker. The explosion silenced the enemy fire, but also ended Sabo’s life. This attack by North Vietnamese troops killed eight of Sabo’s fellow soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division and would come to be known as the “Mother’s Day Ambush.” Sabo’s commanders nominated him for the Medal of Honor, but the request was somehow lost. A campaign to correct the oversight began in 1999, ultimately leading to legislation that eliminated the three-year time limit on awarding this medal.

Forty-two years after his selfless acts of heroism during the Vietnam War saved the lives of his fellow soldiers, Leslie H. Sabo Jr. posthumously received the Medal of Honor on May 16, 2012.

Using military records and interviews with surviving soldiers, journalist Eric Poole recreates the terror of combat amidst the jungles and rice paddies as Bravo Company 3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne forged bonds of brotherhood in their battle for survival. Company of Heroes offers an insight into the incredible and harrowing experiences of just a small number of men from a single unit, deep in the jungles of Vietnam and Cambodia.

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  • “Journalist Poole, who first reported Sabo’s story for the Ellwood City Ledger, masterfully conveys Sabo’s life: his upbringing by wealthy parents who fled Hungary during WWII; his strong connection to his older brother, and the deep imprint that the rural community made on him. Where Poole truly excels, however, is in his portrayals of the gruesome work of war, depicting the maniacal seesaw between death at its most visceral and the simple pleasures of news from home.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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About the Author

In nearly twenty years as a reporter and columnist, Eric Poole has received more than thirty regional, statewide, and national journalism awards for subjects ranging from sports to the environment and business to politics. In 2008 Poole received first-place Keystone Awards from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association for general column writing and for special subject with “Act of Courage,” the story upon which his first book, Forgotten Honor, was based. Poole is a reporter for the Ellwood City Ledger and Beaver County Times newspapers in the Calkins Media chain. He lives in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania.