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Fire Base Illingworth is an epic, never-before-told true story of a North Vietnamese army attack and how the men of this nearly overrun fire base survived.

In the early morning hours of April 1, 1970, more than four hundred North Vietnamese soldiers charged out into the open and tried to overrun FSB Illingworth. The battle went on, mostly in the dark, for hours. Exposed ammunition canisters were hit and blew up, causing a thunderous explosion inside the FSB that left dust so thick it jammed the handheld weapons of the GIs. Much of the combat was hand-to-hand. In all, twenty-four Americans lost their lives and another fifty-four were wounded. Nearly one hundred enemy bodies were recovered. It was one of the most vicious small unit firefights in the history of United States forces in Vietnam.

As in his acclaimed book Blackhorse Riders, a finalist for the prestigious Colby Award, Phil Keith uncovers a harrowing true story of bravery and sacrifice by the men who fought valiantly to hold FSB Illingworth—a tale that will not be soon forgotten.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A harrowing tale that centers on an exhausted, ragtag group of U.S. Army troops as they fought for their lives against a 400-man North Vietnamese Army regiment in a vicious engagement in 1970. The heart of the book is a virtually minute-by-minute description of the fighting.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Impressive verisimilitude and moment-by-moment accuracy. A respectful account of a battle that was ‘a perfect microcosm of what the Vietnam War was becoming in the early days of Vietnamization.‘”

    Kirkus Reviews

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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.