Before we got to Vietnam, the troops all thought you would be the
first lieutenant killed, and in the end, you were the only one
left. We were all wrong. You were the best.
Sgt. Lonnie Tallman Caldwell"
""December, 1966: " Platoon leader Lt. Joseph Callaway had just
turned twenty-three when he arrived in Vietnam to lead forty-two
untested men into battle against some of the toughest, most
experienced, and best-trained guerrilla soldiers in the world.
Callaway soon learned that most events in this savage jungle war
were beyond his control. But there was one thing he could do well:
take the best damn care of his troops he knew how.
In the Viet Cong infested provinces around the Mekong Delta where
the platoon was assigned, the enemy was always ready to attack at
the first sign of weakness. And when the jungle suddenly erupted in
the chaos of battle, the platoon leader was the Cong s first
target. Mekong First Light is at times horrific, heartrending, and
heroic, but is always brutally honest. Callaway s account
chronicles a soldier s painful realization of the true nature of
America s war in Vietnam: It was a war that could not be won.
"From the Paperback edition.""
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