CONGRESSIONAL MEDALS OF HONOR,
THIRTEEN NAVAL CROSSES,
SILVER STARS . . .
four and a half years in Vietnam, the Marines of the Third Reconnaissance
Battalion repeatedly penetrated North Vietnamese and Vietcong sanctuaries
by foot and by helicopter to find enemy forces, learn the enemy's
intentions, and, when possible, bring deadly fire down on his head.
Heavily armed, well-camouflaged teams of six and eight men daily
exposed themselves to overwhelming enemy forces so that other Marines
would have the information necessary to fight the war.
all here: grueling, tense, and deadly recon patrols; insertions
directly into NVA basecamps; last-stand defenses in the wreckage
of downed helicopters; pursuit by superior North Vietnamese forces;
agonizing deaths of men who valiantly put their lives on the line.
WITHOUT HEROES is the first book to recount the story of a Marine
reconnaissance battalion in Vietnam from the day of its arrival
to its withdrawal. In Vietnam, Larry Vetter served as a platoon
leader in Third Recon Battalion. He supplements his own recollections
with Marine Corps records, exhaustive interviews with veterans,
and correspondence to capture the bravery, and self-sacrifice of