By Warren K. Wilkins
relocating throughout the jungle close to the Cambodian border on may well 18, 1967, an organization of yank infantry saw 3 North Vietnamese military regulars, AK-47s slung over their shoulders, jogging down a well-worn path within the rugged significant Highlands. Startled by way of shouts of “Lai day, lai day” (“Come right here, come here”), the 3 males dropped their packs and fled. the corporate commander, a tender lieutenant, despatched a platoon down the path to enquire. these few males quickly came upon themselves outnumbered, surrounded, and battling for his or her lives. Their first determined moments marked the start of a sequence of bloody battles that lasted greater than per week, one who survivors could later name “the 9 days in may perhaps border battles.”
Nine Days in may well is the 1st complete account of those bitterly contested battles. a part of Operation Francis Marion, they came about within the Ia Tchar Valley and the distant jungle west of Pleiku. Fought among 3 American battalions and North Vietnamese military regiments, this lengthy, lethal come across was once one of many biggest, such a lot savage activities noticeable by way of components of the storied 4th Infantry department in Vietnam. Drawing on interviews with the contributors, Warren okay. Wilkins recreates the vicious struggling with in gripping detail.
it is a tale of awesome braveness and sacrifice displayed in a sequence of battles that have been fought and gained in the context of a broader, intractable strategic stalemate. whilst the weapons eventually fell silent, an unheralded American brigade acquired a Presidential Unit quotation and earned 3 of the twelve Medals of Honor provided to squaddies of the 4th Infantry department in Vietnam.
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Nine Days in May: The Battles of the 4th Infantry Division on the Cambodian Border, 1967 by Warren K. Wilkins