When We Walked Above the Clouds

When We Walked Above the Clouds

A Memoir of Vietnam

Book - 2011
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There is the mythology of the Green Berets, of their clandestine, special operations as celebrated in story and song. And then there is the reality of one soldier's experience, the day-to-day loss and drudgery of a Green Beret such as H. Lee Barnes, whose story conveys the daily grind and quiet desperation behind the polished accounts of military heroics. Barnes tells what it was like to be a Green Beret, first in the Dominican Republic during the civil war of 1965, and then at A-107, Tra Bong, Vietnam. There, he eventually came to serve as the advisor to a Combat Recon Platoon, which consisted chiefly of Montagnard irregulars. Though "nothing extraordinary," as Barnes saw it, his months of simply doing what the mission demanded make for sobering reading: the mundane business of killing rats, cleaning guns, and building bunkers renders the intensity of patrols and attacks all the more harrowing.
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2011.
ISBN: 9780803234482
0803234481
Characteristics: xiii, 300 p. ;,23 cm.

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KEVIN DOWD Dec 20, 2011

stark, clear, absorbing.

tightly written account of SF service in Nam. selected stories from his own tour show how it was.

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