If it wasn't for bad luck, Charlie Company would have had no luck at all -- until a new commander unleashed them on the NVA. In this powerful and moving memoir, James L. Estep tells what it was like to inherit an airmobile rifle company of demoralized, underachieving snuffies -- infantry soldiers -- and mold it into a finely tuned fighting machine. From setting up claymore ambushes to walking into sudden point blank firefights, Estep's Charlie Company became killers at Happy Valley and during the frantic fighting of the 1968 Tet offensive, leaving behind their black and gold cavalry patches on scores of dead NVA soldiers. Drawing on the experience of his four tours of duty - including fighting with Montagnards at a godforsaken Special Forces outpost called AOR -- Estep chronicles how young men change in the heat and sweat of war, how men change a war, and how one colorful, misbegotten group of snuffies won their own individual victories in the land of Nam.
James L. Estep enlisted in the army as a private in the fall of 1957 and retired from it nearly 32 years later as a colonel. He served in Vietnam as a Special Forces non-commissioned officer, an American rifle company commander and an ARVN adviser, during four separate tours there.
This paperback is in very nice condition with faint spine creases and mild corner wear.