By Eric Blehm
The unforgettable account and brave activities of the U.S. Army’s 240th attack Helicopter corporation and eco-friendly Beret employees Sergeant Roy Benavidez, who risked every little thing to rescue a distinct Forces group trapped at the back of enemy lines.
, acclaimed bestselling writer Eric Blehm takes as his canvas the Vietnam warfare, as visible via a unmarried project that happened on may perhaps 2, 1968. A twelve-man exact Forces group have been covertly inserted right into a small clearing within the jungles of impartial Cambodia—where U.S. forces have been forbidden to function. Their target, simply miles over the Vietnam border, was once to assemble facts that proved the North Vietnamese military was once utilizing the Cambodian sanctuary as a huge conduit for offering troops and materiel to the south through the Ho Chi Minh path. What the staff didn’t understand was once they had infiltrated a bit of jungle that hid an incredible enemy base. quickly they discovered themselves surrounded by way of 1000s of NVA, less than assault, low on ammunition, stacking the our bodies of the useless as disguise in a determined try and live to tell the tale the onslaught.
while targeted Forces employees Sergeant Roy Benavidez heard the misery name, he jumped aboard the following helicopter sure for the wrestle area with no hesitation. Orphaned on the age of 7, Benavidez had picked cotton along his kin as a baby and dropped out of college as a young person earlier than becoming a member of the military. even though he was once grievously wounded in the course of his first travel of responsibility in Vietnam and advised he might by no means stroll back, Benavidez fought his method back—ultimately incomes his eco-friendly beret.
What could turn into legend within the specified Operations group. Flown into the foray of conflict by means of the brave pilots and team of the 240th attack Helicopter corporation, Benavidez jumped from the soaring plane, and ran approximately a hundred yards via withering enemy hearth. regardless of being instantly and significantly wounded, Benavidez reached the fringe of the decimated crew, supplied therapy, and proceeded to arrange a rare safeguard and rescue. throughout the hours-long conflict, he used to be bayoneted, shot, and hit via grenade shrapnel greater than thirty occasions, but he refused to desert his efforts till each survivor was once out of harm’s approach.
Written with huge entry to relations, surviving participants of the 240th attack Helicopter corporation, on-the-ground eye-witness bills by no means earlier than released, in addition to lately chanced on archival, and declassified army documents, Blehm has created a riveting narrative either one of Roy Benavidez’s lifestyles and occupation, and of the inspiring, nearly unimaginable occasions that outlined the brotherhood of the air and flooring warriors in an unpopular conflict midway world wide. Legend
recounts the braveness and dedication of these who fought in Vietnam in provider in their state, and the tale of 1 of the various unsung heroes of the conflict, whose activities will be scrutinized for greater than a decade in a conflict for an extended late, and what many think was once an unjustly denied, Medal of Honor.
The case used to be reopened 13 years later, in 1980, while an extended lost—and believed dead—Green Beret eyewitness whom Benavidez had rescued that day, got here forth and wrote an announcement that exposed, as soon as and for all, what occurred on that fateful day in could of 1968.