The new commander of the Company E, 52d Infantry LRRPs,
Capt. George Paccerelli, was tough, but the men’s new AO was brutal. It was bad
enough that the provinces of Binh Long, Phuoc Long, and Tay Ninh bordered
enemy-friendly Cambodia, but their vast stretches of double and triple canopy
jungle were also home to four crack enemy divisions, including the Viet Cong’s
notorious 95C Regiment.
Only the long-range patrols could deliver the critical
strategic intelligence that the First Cav so desperately needed. Outmanned,
outgunned, and far from safety, these LRRPs stalked the enemy to his lair,
staging bold prisoner snatches and tracking down hidden jungle bases. Hiding in
ambush, surrounded by the North Vietnamese Army, these teams either pulled off
spectacular escape-and-evasion maneuvers in running firefights—or died trying.
Former LRRP Kregg Jorgenson provides a gripping account of ordinary men with
extraordinary courage and heroism.
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