• Title: The Only War We Had:A Platoon Leader's Journal of Vietnam
  • Author: Michael Lee Lanning
  • ISBN: 9780804100052
  • Page: 242
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The Only War We Had A Platoon Leader s Journal of Vietnam During his tour in Vietnam with the th Light Infantry Brigade Lieutenant Lee Lanning walked the booby trapped rice paddies of the Mekong Delta searching for elusive Viet Cong and later macheted
    During his tour in Vietnam with the 199th Light Infantry Brigade, Lieutenant Lee Lanning walked the booby trapped rice paddies of the Mekong Delta, searching for elusive Viet Cong, and later macheted his way through the triple canopy jungle, fighting North Vietnamese Army regulars He served as an infantry platoon leader, reconnaissance platoon leader, and company commandeDuring his tour in Vietnam with the 199th Light Infantry Brigade, Lieutenant Lee Lanning walked the booby trapped rice paddies of the Mekong Delta, searching for elusive Viet Cong, and later macheted his way through the triple canopy jungle, fighting North Vietnamese Army regulars He served as an infantry platoon leader, reconnaissance platoon leader, and company commander He sweated, thirsted, hunted, killed And in all those experiences, he shared the terror, boredom, rage, and excitement of countless other American soldiers.Lee Lanning s story is based an the journal he kept of his time in Nam an pages often mud splattered and occasionally bloodstained In his wards It was popular among many who taught to say that Vietnam wasn t much of a war, but it was the only war we had I can only add that it was enough of a war for me.

    One Reply to “The Only War We Had:A Platoon Leader's Journal of Vietnam”

    1. I bought this book when it was first published Lanning's memoir of his time as a platoon commander in Vietnam, like all Vietnam War memoirs highlight the differences of time and place in regards to expeirence

    2. An interesting memoir of the Vietnam war from the perspective of a lieutenant grunt. Good reading for those interested in the day to day life of US grunts around Saigon area.

    3. Good description of a Texas A & M graduate's first six months in Vietnam. Lots of action. A separate book describes the 2nd six months.

    4. Edited from the blood-splattered pages of a diary, this memoir is about as immediate as possible.

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