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Last Stand at Khe Sanh

The U.S. Marines' Finest Hour In Vietnam

By Gregg Jones, 1959-

In a remote mountain stronghold in 1968, six thousand US Marines awoke one January morning to find themselves surrounded by 20,000 enemy troops. Their only road to the coast was cut, and bad weather and enemy fire threatened their fragile air lifeline. The siege of Khe Sanh—the Vietnam War's epic confrontation—was under way.

For seventy-seven days, the Marines and a contingent of US Army Special Forces endured artillery barrages, sniper fire, ground assaults, and ambushes. Air Force, Marine, and Navy pilots braved perilous flying conditions to deliver supplies, evacuate casualties, and stem the North Vietnamese Army's onslaught. As President Lyndon B. Johnson weighed the use of tactical nuclear weapons, Americans watched the shocking drama unfold on nightly newscasts. Through it all, the bloodied defenders of Khe Sanh held firm and prepared for an Alamo-like last stand.

Now, Gregg Jones takes readers into the trenches and bunkers at Khe Sanh to tell the story of this extraordinary moment in American history. Last Stand at Khe Sanh captures the exceptional courage and brotherhood that sustained the American fighting men throughout the ordeal. It brings to life an unforgettable cast of characters—young high school dropouts and rootless rebels in search of John Wayne glory; grizzled Korean War veterans; daredevil pilots; gritty platoon leaders and company commanders; and courageous Navy surgeons who volunteered to serve in combat with the storied Marines.

Drawing on in-depth interviews with siege survivors, thousands of pages of archival documents, and scores of oral history accounts, Gregg Jones delivers a poignant and heart-pounding narrative worthy of the heroic defense of Khe Sanh.

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2014

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9780306821394


Format: Book
Author: Jones, Gregg, 1959-
Title: Last stand at Khe Sanh : the U.S. Marines' finest hour in Vietnam / Gregg Jones.
Publisher Date: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, a Member of the Perseus Books Group, 2014.
Subject: United States. Marine Corps -- History -- Vietnam War, 1961-1975. United States. Marine Corps. Khe Sanh, Battle of, Vietnam, 1968.
Isbn: 9780306821394 (hardcover) 0306821397 (hardcover)
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Format: Book
Author: Jones, Gregg, 1959-
Title: Last stand at Khe Sanh : the U.S. Marines' finest hour in Vietnam / Gregg Jones.
Edition: First Da Capo Press edition.
Publisher, Date: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, a Member of the Perseus Books Group, 2014.
Description: xx, 358 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Subjects: United States. Marine Corps -- History -- Vietnam War, 1961-1975.
Subjects: United States. Marine Corps.
Subjects: Khe Sanh, Battle of, Vietnam, 1968.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages 337-344) and index.
Contents: Death in the tall grass -- The Battle of Hill 861 -- Khe Sanh Combat Base -- The Battle of Khe Sanh Village -- Muscle Shoals -- The walking dead -- "Should we withdraw from Khe Sanh?" -- "Hell in a very small place" -- The Battle of Hill 861 Alpha -- "Tanks in the wire" -- The Battle of Hill 64 -- "We are not going to be defeated at Khe Sanh" -- "What the hell is out there?" -- "Proud to be a marine" -- Super gaggle -- "Why are you leaving us to die?" -- "A military challenge unprecedented in this war" -- "I just came from hell" -- "Bitter hardships and blood" -- "If there is a god, why would he let good men die" -- "We made them pay" -- Breakout.
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ISBN: 9780306821394 (hardcover)
ISBN: 0306821397 (hardcover)
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