By James P. Coan
A memoir/history of a much-beleaguered Marine outpost of the DMZ.Throughout a lot of 1967, a distant usa Marine firebase simply miles from the demilitarized quarter (DMZ) captured the eye of the world’s media. That artillery-scarred outpost was once the linchpin of the so-called McNamara Line meant to discourage incursions into South Vietnam by means of the North Vietnamese military. As such, the battling alongside this territory used to be rather extreme and bloody, and the physique count number rose daily.Con Thien combines James P. Coan’s own reviews with details taken from information, interviews with conflict members, and legit records to build a strong tale of the lifestyle and strive against at the purple clay bulls-eye referred to as "The Hill of Angels." As a tank platoon chief in Alpha corporation, 3d Tank Battalion, 3d Marine department, Coan used to be stationed at Con Thien for 8 months in the course of his 1967-68 carrier in Vietnam and witnessed a lot of the carnage.Con Thien used to be seriously bombarded by way of enemy artillery with impunity since it used to be positioned in politically delicate territory and the U.S. govt wouldn't allow direct armed reaction from Marine tanks. Coan, like many different squaddies, started to think as if the govt. was once as a lot the enemy because the NVA, but he endured to struggle for his kingdom with all that he had. In his riveting memoir, Coan depicts the hardships of lifestyles within the DMZ and the ineffectiveness of a lot of the U.S. army attempt in Vietnam.
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Con Thien: The Hill of Angels by James P. Coan