When Frank Johnson arrived in Vietnam in 1969, he was nineteen, a young
soldier untested in combat like thousands of others--but with two important
differences: Johnson volunteered for the elite L Company Rangers of the 101st
Airborne Division, a long range reconnaissance patrol (LRRP) unit, and he kept
a secret diary, a practice forbidden by the military to protect the security of
Now, more than three decades later, those hastily written pages offer a
rare look at the daily operations of one of the most courageous units that
waged war in Vietnam. Johnson served in I Corps, in northern Vietnam, where
combat was furious and the events he recounts emerge, stark and compelling:
walking point in the A Shau Valley, braving enemy fire to rescue a downed
comrade, surviving days and nights of relentless tension that suddenly exploded
in the blinding fury of an NVA attack.
Undimmed and unmuddied by the passing of years, Johnson's account is
unique in the annals of Vietnam literature. Moreover, it is a timeless
testimony to the sacrifice and heroism of the LRRPs who dared to risk it all. Download and start listening now!