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Author McDermott, Mike, 1940-

Title True Faith and Allegiance : an American Paratrooper and the 1972 Battle for An Loc
Published Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (207 pages)
Contents 1. An Introduction to the Past; 2. The Current State of Play; 3. Welcome to Team 162 and the Vietnamese Airborne; 4. Side Trips from the National Training Center; 5. Work Call; 6. Off to War; 7. Visiting Brass; 8. A Media Event; 9. Hitting the Wall; 10. Shifting Gears; 11. From the Frying Pan into the Fire; 12. Rangers in Foxholes; 13. Trying to Not Get Overrun; 14. New Digs; 15. Airborne Rangers into the Breach; 16. Tactical Arc Lights; 17. The SA- 7 Missile Arrives with a Bang; 18. To Catch a FAC; 19. The Helicopter Lifeline Is Cut20. The Oldest Lieutenant; 21. Belt- Tightening Time; 22. Moving Uptown; 23. Sick Call in the Basement; 24. A Shattered Image; 25. Tanks in Town; 26. The Enemy's Worst Nightmare Was Named Spectre; 27. Disjointed Events; 28. The Ambivalence of Leaving; 29. Off with the Old and on with the New; 30. In Retrospect
Summary True Faith and Allegiance: An American Paratrooper and the 1972 Battle for An Loc is an intimate and compelling account of the most brutal infantry warfare and is also a critique of the mishandling of America's departure from Indochina. An unintended consequence of Washington's stampede to get out of Indochina was an upsurge in combat on a scale not seen before in Vietnam, peaking with the Easter Offensive of 1972. The battle for An Loc, a key component in the North Vietnamese attempt to overwhelm the South, swept Mike McDermott, then the senior advisor to an elite South Vietnamese paratrooper battalion, into some of the most horrific close-quarters fighting of the war. His in-the-trenches account is augmented by detailed descriptions of a user's perspective on the parachute resupply, tactical airpower, and B-52 strikes that allowed the An Loc garrison to survive. True Faith and Allegiance is a riveting recounting of the prism through which a Vietnam veteran views the war as he continues to live with the aftereffects of life-altering experiences in the service of his country
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject McDermott, Mike, 1940-
United States. Army -- Parachute troops -- Biography.
An Loc, Battle of, An Lộc, Vietnam, 1972.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal narratives, American.
Genre/Form Biography.
Personal narratives
Personal narratives.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0817317554 (trade cloth ;) (alk. paper)
0817385835 (electronic bk.)
9780817317553 (trade cloth ;) (alk. paper)
9780817385835 (electronic bk.)