Synopses & Reviews
Tiger Bravo's War follows a band of young paratroopers, from the same battalion in the 101st Airborne Division portrayed in Stephen Ambrose's World War II bestseller Band of Brothers, during their first year in combat in the Vietnam War --- from a bayonet charge in War Zone D and street fighting during the 1968 Tet Offensive, to a rescue mission of a surrounded platoon and rock and roll in the company mess hall, and much more. Thirty of their number would be killed in action, and collectively they would amass a staggering 150 Purple Hearts. It is also a book about everyday life in a war zone and the strange, often harsh, sometimes beautiful, tropical environment in which the war was fought. Lastly, it is a soldier's tale of the young men of Tiger Bravo ---- the son of a World War II Japanese fighter pilot, who wins a Silver Star fighting as an American infantryman; the tough kid from rural Texas, who leaves a job cleaning astronaut offices in Houston to volunteer to be a paratrooper; the medic, abandoned by his mother, who would find in Tiger Bravo the family he never had, and over a dozen more with their own unique stories.