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“Military buffs will give this high marks; general readers may find it hard to relate to the author’s relentlessly macho ethos, but they will find it hard not to admire his fierce dedication.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A vivid portrait of a man who not only loved combat but studied it closely and creatively.” —Publishers Weekly

"Like a primordial force from America's war-torn past comes Gary O'Neal. Good, bad, and ugly, his hero's tale is unmatched." —Weston Ochse, award-winning author of SEAL Team 666

“As a fellow Vietnam vet, I found Gary O'Neal's story of service in the American military a riveting tale of blood and grime and death that is not only vivid but absolutely accurate.  His readers will find themselves on the ground at O'Neal's shoulder as he battles in his own unique way America's enemies. No back off and call in the artillery kind of troop, O'Neal goes after the enemy with his bare hands and is more than willing to wade in blood to win. After Vietnam, O'Neal continued to fight not only the enemy but the entrenched officer corps of the U.S. Army to train new brigades of battle-ready soldiers. Highly recommended for not only the arm-chair soldier but all those who might find themselves on the modern battlefield.” —Homer Hickam, author Rocket Boys (the basis of the film, October Sky), The Keeper's Son, The Far Reaches

“A remarkable story of a man imbued with the Warrior spirit who carried it to heights few ever reach…He epitomizes the term, Rangers Lead the Way.” —Robert Gilbert, Command Sargent Major

“’Warrior Big O’ Gary O'Neal, a Native American looked for his niche in life and found it in the United States Army Special Operations. This is a great story of a Native American who served his country with distinction and honor, and always continued the mission.  I am proud to have him as my friend and brother in arms.” —Glen E. Morrell, 7th Sergeant Major of the Army, Ret

“Having spent more than 10 years in combat versus the enemies of the USA, I can think of no man alive that I would rather have on my Team than Gary Lee  O'Neal. Gary O. does not seem to warm up to combat, unless he is bleeding about his own head and shoulders; then - the enemy is certain to die at the hands of Gary O. as he will simply 'twist' each of the enemy apart with his hands.” —Billy Waugh SGM(R) - SOG Operations Vietnam 1962-1972

“O’Neal’s tales of his life and war experiences are graphic and stunning. He is a hard-core member of American’s Special Forces warrior breed. Read this and know how the best of America’s Army Rangers survive on the battlefields of Vietnam and the secret wars.” —Eugene R Sullivan, Federal Judge, Vietnam Vet, Ranger Hall of Fame member, and author of Washington D.C. legal thrillers


“Gary O’Neal is the man for whom the term ‘warrior’ was invented, and his book is essential reading for everyone. Warning: once you start, you will not be able to stop until you’ve finished this remarkable work of a genuine American hero.” —Colonel Jack Jacobs, Ret, Medal of Honor recipient, and author

“Deep in the triple canopy jungles of Viet Nam, 1970, I witnessed the incredible feats of heroism of a young SP/4 Gary O’Neal, assigned to me as his 2nd Platoon Leader, Company C (Ranger), 75th Infantry (Airborne), for which he was awarded a Silver Star.  His uncanny jungle prowess, absolute fearlessness, decisive actions and quick wit earned him respect, admiration and the love of the entire unit of Warrior LRP/Rangers.  His book reveals how at a young age he developed and nurtured the inner Spirit that bred his Warrior nature.  I am more than impressed with his array of accomplishments as a leader and instructor of America’s finest warriors.  The reader will be enthralled as his story is revealing and hard-hitting, running the full gamut of emotions from abject fear to unbridled heroism, from tender love to devastatingly pointed destruction.  Among our unique Brotherhood of Warriors, I am proud to have served with the absolute best: American Warrior Gary O’Neal.  This story should be required reading for every patriot and a guide for every young aspiring person who seeks to become one of the elite Special Operations Forces.” —Gary Dolan, Esq., USMA 1969, Inductee Ranger Hall of Fame – 2011, author of Of Their Own Accord

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CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER GARY LEE O’NEAL (Ret.) trained from childhood in the warrior traditions of the Oglala Sioux and devoted nearly forty years with the U.S. Army Rangers and Special Forces. He lives in Raeford, North Carolina.

DAVID FISHER is the author of numerous bestsellers, including collaborations with George Burns, Terry Bradshaw, Nobel Prize winner Kary Mullis, Johnnie Cochran, William Shatner, Mafia Hitman Joey Black, and most recently, Harry Markopolos, the Madoff whistleblower.

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Fast paced read! 16. Mai 2013
Von David P. Kutchinski - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
The story is real. I have had the honor of working along side Gary O'Neal for over two decades. I met Gary O'Neal through my mentor, Nick Rowe. The story is a great one, but the way that David Fisher painted the story is phenomenal and a joy to read. My friends who knew OF Gary O'Neal, but never met him, have knocked out the book in two nights. David Fisher has been able to weave the fascinating story of Gary O'Neal into a fast paced action novel.

Although the story is in chronological order, the stitching done by David Fisher makes it all fit together. The aspects of the Indian heritage and Irish blood are told in the WHOLE book of how one man took some bad cards dealt to him and came out a champion.

This book reads like a Clive Cussler or Brad Thor fiction, but this is real. Like the main characters in those books, Gary O'Neal is as comfortable in combat as he is working on modifying the cargo section of a DC-10 wide body aircraft with a state-of-the-art fire suppression system!

Imagine reading a book where you get chills as you read the last page! This is it!

The words of Teddy Roosevelt's famous "Man in the Arena" speech personify Gary O'Neal:
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
"The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
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Brutal Struggles, Brutal Honesty 22. August 2013
Von DanoRoadBlade - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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In 1993 I signed into 10th SF Group, Fort Devens, and I met SFC Paul Pawela, the Group Senior Rigger. In our hunt for honoring "God and Country", martial arts, small arms, and the warrior spirit, the subject of Gary O'Neal came up multiple times. Over the years since I've heard his name. I just now finished his book, American Warrior. I thought that this book would a good one, but I admit that my expectations were ridiculously below standard. This book is OUTSTANDING in it's explanation of the STRUGGLE in family matters and trying to be your BEST self in the warrior's call that you KNOW is REAL and in your heart of hearts. Then the BRUTAL COST of dealing with wicked forces - communists, drug lords, and insane terrorists smacks you in the face in Gary's book. Here the book takes you on another level that is shocking. Gary explains how the life of a warrior is LOADED with adventures, testing, trials, winning, unfortunate failures, and PERSONAL COST.

The SPIRITUAL side of this book is intense for sure. If you don't believe that we all have incredible powers that are largely untapped - you are in for an awakening. While I am a Christian, I BELIEVE and KNOW that these kinds of forces are REAL and Gary has unique things to say about them.

Lastly, Gary's BRUTAL HONESTY about PTSD is a bit shocking. To be honest, I was a bit shaken by it. PTSD is REAL. Gary doesn't pretend to be some super trooper who has been immune to the mental and emotional stress of dealing with vile terrorists and arrogant communist killers. Gary explains his own experience and then offers excellent advice to those warriors who go back home but bring their "demons" with them. Listen to Gary's advice.

I read about 20 books a year and only give out two 5 Stars. Gary's book IS IN FACT: 5 STARS. (My next book to read is Nick Rowe's, "Five Years To Freedom".)
MSG (Ret) "Dano" Pecaro
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Nonsense 15. Mai 2013
Von Gregory A. Walker - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Mr. O'Neal, among other claims he has made in his book, did not in any manner intervene in the proper burial of Nguyen "Bobby" Nguyen in Ontario, Oregon, September 1978.

Per the Echanis Family the remains of their son, Mike, Chuck Sanders and Bobby Nguyen were properly buried and all preparations prior to the funerals were overseen and carried out by the Echanis/Sanders families, the U.S. Special Forces Command (as assigned to MSG Jakovenko, then team sergeant for the ODA Chuck Sanders was on prior to his leaving the Army) and Master Chief Bob Nissley, senior enlisted NCO for the Navy at the JFK Special Warfare Center and close friend of all three who were killed.

His claim as having delayed Bobby's funeral for the reason given is despicable.

His self proclaimed presence in Ontario is greatly over-stated to the point of his being a non entity during the entire week leading up to the funerals.

His claim to have escorted the remains of all three from Managua, Nicaragua to Ontario, Oregon, is likewise grossly inaccurate per the Echanis family and Master Chief Nissley (Retired). All three caskets were abandoned by their US Embassy designated escorts, the author included, at the airport in Fort Lauderdale when US Customs/Immigration held the deceased remains of all three up for three days.

His claim to have been responsible for writing the Echanis book series is absurd per Master Randy Wanner, Hwa Rang Do, who actually did work with Echanis directly in the books' writing and presentations. Per Wanner, Echanis was the sole driving energy behind the books.

The author's failure to assign appropriate combat awards and decorations to Echanis (Bronze Star for Valor, Purple Heart, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and Combat Infantryman Badge) for the saving of four other rangers' lives and the lives of a driver and assistant driver during an ambush in Vietnam is a form of "stolen valor", IMHO. The author was aware of these awards and decorations well before he ever considered writing a book.

Overall, any "recollections" of Mike Echanis, Chuck Sanders and Bobby Nguyen as presented in this book are, at best, suspect and at worst absolute nonsense.

Why the author went down this road in lieu of his otherwise very impressive career is a mystery.

One star.
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American Warrior Wins 5. September 2013
Von Louise Fredieu - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
American Warrior: The True Story of a Legendary Ranger was never a disappointment. On the contrary, the story of this fighter was a page-turner from beginning to end. The warrior's experiences were constant and his skills were progressively learned. Occasionally i felt that he was arrogant, but i always came out with the sense of his confidence which was absolutely necessary for his survival. This is one that should not be missed. Read it before someone decides to make a movie out of it. God bless the USA and its military.
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A Living Legend: A Book of Values 27. Mai 2013
Von Jo D. McEwan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Although I would not meet Gary O'Neal until 2004, I began hearing rumors of him as early as 1975, when, as a 20-year-old PFC, I encountered my first "Green Berets" at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA. As I listened in on the war stories being swapped by those beautiful, beer-guzzling, pinochle-playing Special Forces NCOs, their conversations invariably got around to those hard-core crazies "on Jake's team." O'Neal was one of those hard-core crazies.

Nearly thirty years later, O'Neal met a widow on an Internet dating site. Their first formal date was the 2004 weekend-long Son Tay Raiders reunion. One of the legends in attendance was O'Neal's former team leader and fellow Ranger Hall of Famer, Vladimir Jakovenko ("Jake"), who was only too happy to spill the goods on O'Neal--my second encounter of hundreds since with men and women who have likewise spilled the goods, verifying the otherwise unbelievable narrative awaiting you in American Warrior: The True Story of a Legendary Ranger.

In one way or another, I've had my nose in this book since before its inception. At my kitchen table, over the course of an intense week, Gary O'Neal and David Fisher hammered out the book's narrative framework. During that week and in the months that followed, I watched O'Neal struggle with his story. Awake, he struggled with the conflict of what he COULD say and, out of respect for his warrior brothers, what he SHOULD say. Asleep, he struggled with the demons that only those who have "been there and done that" will ever know.

In American Warrior, readers will discover a fortuitous intersection of Gary O'Neal's larger-than-life story and David Fisher's long-secured reputation for narrative finesse. Any reader with an interest in Native American tradition, military history, special operations, martial arts, or good old fashioned all-American patriotism will savor American Warrior for the sheer, raw verity that is Gary O'Neal himself. I would add, however, that reading American Warrior provides an eye-opening education for readers of any persuasion about what honor, integrity, duty, and sacrifice really mean. As award-winning war reporter Alex Quade puts it, "This is a book of values for EVERYONE."
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