The first, and so far only, book by a filed commander concerning the US withdrawal from Vietnam - the period after ground troops had been evacuated, but carrier planes, cruisers, destroyers, helicopters and Marines still supported the South Vietnamese. Perhaps the worst part of this war was the final get-out stage, and Stoffey unflinchingly describes a vivid personal account that is also a thorough overview for professional historians, military buffs, tacticians alike. Based on the USS Oklahoma - flagship of the Seventh Fleet - Stoffey describes the mining of North Vietnamese waterways, concentrated shore bombardments, air attacks, all form personal involvement, and tortuous meetings that led to a negotiated ending for the war and the return of American POW's - a unique viewpoint of the terrible years 1972-73, yet crucial for both US and North Vietnamese.
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(228mm x 152mm x 31mm)
Publisher: Motorbooks International
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Author Biography - Colonel Robert E. Stoffey
Robert E Stoffey served as a Marine Corps pilot for twenty-five years. For his service in Vietnam he received the South Vietnamese Air Cross, and Medal of Honor, plus the US Bronze Star and two Distinguished Flying Crosses. His Pervious book Cleared Hot! is required reading by the Commandant of Marine Corps, and is sold on Marine bases worldwide.