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SOG: The Secret Wars of America's Commandos in Vietnam

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Code-named the Studies and Observations Group, SOG was the most secret elite U.S. military unit to serve in the Vietnam War-its very existence denied by the government. Composed entirely of volunteers from such ace fighting units as the Army Green Berets, Air Force Air Commandos, and Navy SEALs, SOG took on the most dangerous covert assignments, in the deadliest and most forbidding theaters of operation.

John L. Plaster, a three-tour SOG veteran, shares the gripping account of SOG's stunning operations behind enemy lines-penetrating heavily- defended North Vietnamese military facilities, holding off mass enemy attacks, and launching daring missions to rescue downed U.S. pilots. From sabotage to espionage to hand-to-hand combat, these are some of the most extraordinary true stories of honor and heroism in the history of the U.S. military.

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This is the companion photo history to SOG: The Secret Wars of Americans Commandos in Vietnam. In 1972 the U.S. military took steps to ensure that such a book could never be printed by destroying all the known photos that existed of the top-secret Studies and Observations Group. But unknown to those in charge, SOG veterans brought back with them hundreds of photographs of SOG in action and kept them secret for more than three decades. More than 700 irreplaceable photos bring to life the stories of SOG legends Larry Thorne, Bob Howard, Dick Meadows, George Sisler, Q and others, and documents what really happened deep inside enemy territory: Operation Tailwind, the Son Tay raid, SOGs defense of Khe Sanh, Hatchet Force operations, Bright Light rescues, HALO insertions, string extractions, SOGs darkest programs and much more.

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John L. Plaster served three tours with SOG and was decorated for heroism four times. He is also the author of The Ultimate Sniper, and instructs military snipers and police SWAT officers in sharpshooting.

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Charles Branch, November 30, 2012 (view all comments by Charles Branch)
Did you know that actress Martha Raye visited a mountaintop camp in southern Laos in 1970? Or that "Code Name Bright Light" was responsible for the rescue of at least a couple dozen airmen from the ground in Laos and North Vietnam? This was part of the author's life, and is helpful as a foundation in understanding his writings on training and special operations in the present day. There are incredible events and individuals in every field of endeavor, and some are described here, including the "Covey" FACs with SOG's "Covey Riders" providing another pair of eyes, defensive firepower, and support and guidance to teams on the ground. The addition of photographs held secret for three decades makes a welcome addition to this account.
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ISBN:
9780451231185
Author:
Plaster, John L.
Publisher:
New American Library
Subject:
Military - Vietnam War
Subject:
Military - Strategy
Subject:
Asia - Southeast Asia
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Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.92x6.06x.81 in. .79 lbs.
Age Level:
17-17

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"Synopsis" by , This is the companion photo history to SOG: The Secret Wars of Americans Commandos in Vietnam. In 1972 the U.S. military took steps to ensure that such a book could never be printed by destroying all the known photos that existed of the top-secret Studies and Observations Group. But unknown to those in charge, SOG veterans brought back with them hundreds of photographs of SOG in action and kept them secret for more than three decades. More than 700 irreplaceable photos bring to life the stories of SOG legends Larry Thorne, Bob Howard, Dick Meadows, George Sisler, Q and others, and documents what really happened deep inside enemy territory: Operation Tailwind, the Son Tay raid, SOGs defense of Khe Sanh, Hatchet Force operations, Bright Light rescues, HALO insertions, string extractions, SOGs darkest programs and much more.
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