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5.0 von 5 Sternen Riveting, 2. Januar 2000
After reading all three books in the series, "Six Silent Men", I read "LRRP TEAM LEADER", by John Burford. I was unable to put down Rey Martinez, Kenn Miller and Gary Linderer's books without finishing them cover to cover, and John's book was no different.
John has the ability to stick the readers inside his ruck, and make them feel like they are looking over his shoulder.
Having spent a short time based at Camp Eagle with E Company 1st/501st (my war was over after being wounded while working an AO near abandoned Fire Base Brick, Feb 71), I am thankful for John's ability to paint a very detailed picture of everything he came in contact with.
Our government should do more than just award medals to John, Kenn, Rey, and Gary for their bravery under fire. They should also award and thank them for providing future generations of soldiers with the wisdom and knowledge that may help keep them and their fellow soldiers alive and help them defeat their enemies. Often there is made reference to "Rogers' Rangers Standing Orders", which are a great foundation for a soldier's education. However, if you want to go on to earn a Masters Degree, then you need to read these authors.
If either of my sons is ever to fight a war, I would not let them leave before memorizing every word written by John and the rest of the LRRP's.
Thanks, John, not only for serving in Vietnam, but for serving again by volunteering the hundreds of hours from your life, to record your experiences for the rest of us.
Jim Lynch SP4 US Army ret.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen UP-CLOSE AND IN-YOUR-FACE, 27. September 1999
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This book was a gift from a British researcher of (LRRP) Ranger operations of the Vietnam War. Thank you John, I will treasure it forever. I questioned how he knew so much about the details of a Long Range Reconnaissance Mission. That is until he sent my copy of the book "LRRP Team Leader." I was assigned to Company H, 75th Rangers in Vietnam 1970-1971. There are no words to describe just how violent an ambush or firefight can be. Particularly in a jungle environment where enemy contact is almost certain to be an up-close, in-your-face encounter. You would have to be there to experience the sound of bullets streaking past you; the exploding claymore mines and the concussion of artillery or rockets fired from a Cobra Gunship within mere yards of your position. Sgt. John Burford has performed an excellent job in authoring this book. He has succeeded in putting the reader right in the midst of the action. One can almost feel the fears, emotions and tragedies through the authors' own eyes and real life experience as a LRRP Ranger. Thanks Sgt. Burford for telling it the way it really was.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Finally, a true accounting of the events of 20 Nov 68, 11. März 2000
John Burford wrote this book in a unique and interesting way by telling the story to his family while sitting around the kitchen table. My hat's off to him for a well-told story. It's a must-read for anyone who wants to know the full truth about that fateful patrol of 20 Nov 68. John does not embellish, modify, or exaggerate the facts. From his own research and investigation immediately after the patrol members returned to base, and his own combat experience in that unit, and his own knowledge regarding artillery and claymores, he came to his own conclusions about what actually happened on that patrol. He has put forth an account that differs from the other books written about that mission. It took courage for him to do that. Death and injury in a combat environment are horrific experiences, no matter what the circumstances. History appreciates the truth, painful though it may be.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A powerful, thrilling, and emotional experience., 6. Juli 1998
Reading and actually feeling what was written in LRRP Team Leader has left me with the feeling that I too, belong amidst the comradery and teamwork that unified Lurp teams. John Burford has brought his experiences to life with vivid details of combat action and what it's like to operate in the field. Even though I am only 19, and did not experience the Vietnam War or the anti-war sentiment on the home front, I still feel that I can relate to the comfort of being part of a combat team in contrast to the disapointing and shameful atmosphere of the anti-war movement during the Vietnam War.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Not Your Typical LRRP Account, 15. März 2000
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Unlike the other LRRP books out there this one is organized topically. It starts off kind of slow but if you can get into it, it really gets good. Unlike the Recon Marines who purposely engaged in firefights with the NVA and VC the airborne LRRPs were mostly used for scouting and tended to withdraw (or try to) when in close proximity to the enemy. The accounts of the ambushes in the second half of the book are very tense. Sgt. Burford's return to CONUS at the end of his tour to an unappreciative nation and a bunch of peaceniks is pretty sad.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen LRRP TEAM LEADER, 7. Januar 2000
I have read John's book twice over and to tell you the truth, I lost a lots of sleep while reading the book I would not be able to put it down.I have read books by Ken Miller, Gary Linderer, Rey Martinez, Michael L Manning& Kreg Jorgenson. I rate this book with the others. John thank you for writting this book. Having been with Echo company LRRP/RANGER I can tell you knew what you were writting about. Roadrunner 6 out
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