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Eyes of the Eagle History Asia Southeast Asia Gary Linderer Ballantine Books 1st edition

2nd October 2012 History Books 24 Comments

When Gary Linderer reached Vietnam in 1968, he volunteered for training and duty with the F Company 58th In, the Long Range Patrol Company that was “the Eyes of the Eagle.” F Company pulled reconnaisssance missions and ambushes, and Linderer recounts night insertions into enemy territory, patrols against NVA antiaircraft emplacements, and some of the bravest demonstrations of courage under fire that has ever been described….

When Gary Linderer reached Vietnam in 1968, he volunteered for training and duty with the F Company 58th In, the Long Range Patrol Company that was "the Eyes of the Eagle." F Company pulled reconnaisssance missions and ambushes, and Linderer recounts night insertions into enemy territory, patrols against NVA antiaircraft emplacements, and some of the bravest demonstrations of courage under fire that has ever been described….

Eyes of the Eagle

Six Silent Men…Book Three

“The Eyes and Ears of the Screaming Eagles . . .”

By 1969, the NVA had grown more experienced at countering the tactics of the long range patrols, and SIX SILENT MEN: Book Three describes some of the fiercest fighting Lurps saw during the war. Based on his own experience and extensive interviews with other combat vets of the 101st’s Lurp companies, Gary Linderer writes this final, heroic chapter in the seven bloody years that Lurps served God and country in Vietnam. These tough young warriors–grossly outnumbered and deep in enemy territory–fought with the guts, tenacity, and courage that have made them legends in the 101st.

"The Eyes and Ears of the Screaming Eagles . . ."

By 1969, the NVA had grown more experienced at countering the tactics of the long range patrols, and SIX SILENT MEN: Book Three describes some of the fiercest fighting Lurps saw during the war. Based on his own experience and extensive interviews with other combat vets of the 101st’s Lurp companies, Gary Linderer writes this final, heroic chapter in the seven bloody years that Lurps served God and country in Vietnam. These tough young warriors–grossly outnumbered and deep in enemy territory–fought with the guts, tenacity, and courage that have made them legends in the 101st.

Six Silent Men…Book Three (101st Lrp/Rangers) (Book 3)

  • 24 responses to "Eyes of the Eagle History Asia Southeast Asia Gary Linderer Ballantine Books 1st edition"

  • GruberFakr
    3:55 on October 2nd, 2012
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    Despite what Mr. “Tell” writes concerning the military service of Gary Linderer, he travels down the hall of lies. Gary Linderer was awarded a Purple Heart and a Silver Star for his November 20th mission. You can view a photo of Linderer in the hospital recieving this award from Major General Melvin Zias presenting the impact awards at the 101st LRRP/Ranger web site. It is a shame that an individual is allowed to continues his attacks on Mr Linderer while hiding behind his wife’s skirt. A wimp who doesn’t even have the courage to attend the 75th Ranger Reuion when its in his own home town can only be a coward. What is even worse is Amazon still presenting this person’s book for sale.

  • BDC Employee
    5:39 on October 2nd, 2012
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    I read all 3 books in this series. I was riveted to my chair. The men of the LRP’s, LRRP’s and Rangers were heros. Thanks to each of the authors for not only serving our country, but preserving this history, this truth about the Veitnam War.

  • Julier
    7:13 on October 2nd, 2012
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    I read this book, along with others in the series and found in extremely informative. The book is full of factual information and written in such a captivating way, that it grabs you from the moment you pick it up to the moment you finish it. There are others out there who write absolute trash about the Vietnam War, and like to fabricate their stories. Gary Linderer is not one of those, from reading his books, he comes across as honourable and modest. From the situations described, it takes a lot of courage to write about them.

    All in all, I highly recommend this book, it will move you in many ways, laughter, sadness and pride. Let these guys and the memories of their friends who are on eternal LRRP missions get the respect they deserve! Buy this book. You will not be disapointed!

  • Lilla Thompson
    9:08 on October 2nd, 2012
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    This was my first LRPs Book “The Eyes Of The Eagle”, by the end of this book I was amazed by the capability and the courage of these soldiers to execute recons and ambush missions behind enemy lines.

    This book tell the tour of vietnam of the author, is a good book and has some good missions but is not full of missions from begining to end like the book I read after this one “SOG: The Secret Wars of America’s Commandos in Vietnam by John L. Plaster” that book just raised the bar on stories about special forces behind enemy lines way to high, is literally full of missions behind enemy lines from beginning to end.

    I still recomend reading “Eyes of the Eagle by Gary Linderer”

  • Word Prude
    10:36 on October 2nd, 2012
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    I have read all of this author’s books and found them all well written and captivating in description of the horrors of war, the brotherhood of warriors and the rise of ordinary American young men to heroic deeds in the face of a determined enemy. As an eye witness to some of the events described I find some of those all too captivating in their reality and accuracy. I consider it my extreme good fortune to have known the author both as dedicated warrior and true American patriot, who after leaving the Army has used his experiences in offering a strong hand or a sympathetic shoulder to any other veteran in need. Unfortunately, there is one veteran whose choice was to return that hand with teeth marks in it. This veteran, fancying himself as a modern day Oliver Twist frequently posts reviews laden with inaccurate and irrelevant staff duty logs as evidence that the actions on 20 Nov 68 never happened or are distorted fantasies created Gary Linderer. He often identifies himself as “a reader” or with handles like Mark Twain “Joy”, but never his real name and all his facts Oliver Twisted. If Linderer fantasized the action of 20 Nov 68 it surely was a mass hallucination, taking in some 30 pilots, the Company Commander and even Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division all who actually there that day Oliver. The dream was so realistic that team members and reaction force soldiers can still show one the scars inflicted by this author’s imagination. It also took in an unknown, but clearly large number of enemy soldiers who spent the better part of ten hours trying to shoot me out of the sky every time I went near that hill. Maybe I just imagined myself in a very large hornets nest, but the difference was that I was there that day and Mr. Reader was not. Reader questions the author’s awards, but fails to mention that the U.S. Army saw fit to hand out dozen of valorous awards for that action that included two Distinguished Service Crosses. I visited the author in the hospital the next day so I am convinced that he earned a Purple Heart that day whether it made it into his records or not. Have your mommy read you Mr. Dickens work again, you may discover that Oliver did get what he wanted when he asked for, “More please.”

  • KatieW
    12:39 on October 2nd, 2012
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    Well written and obviously well researched. I enjoyed the book very much. Only complaint involves proof-reading of the Kindle version. The text is riddled with misspelled words, random use of parenthesis, no close perenthesis, random symbols instead of letters of the words. Example: the word the is repeatedly printed as die throughout the book. Many times a slick was referred to as a suck. This is, in the least, annoying and takes time to try to translate some of the words. Don’t know who to fault for this but I really enjoyed the book and the stories of the LRP and LRRP, and Rangers. Some of the bravest and the best. I am going to purchase the previous volumes at a later date and hope they do not have the same problem.

  • jim goodlett
    13:25 on October 2nd, 2012
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    …This book is, as well as the others by Linderer an interesting recollection of his own experiences as well as experiences of others. Spend the bucks and you won’t get disappointed. Try reading his other books to get a good sum of what he and his teammates experienced during Vietnam.
    Don’t let yourself be blamed by such [bologna]. I mean, the war is long gone, Linderers and Chambers books are a recollection of their feelings, thoughts and experiences. Truly and honestly written. The way I understood it, this book and the other books aren’t a recollection of commo details or other things. These are facts of men fighting a war not REMFs … spitting on a good job and being jealous about what they could do. So buy this book or the others by Linderer and you will understand a lot more.

  • Damien
    15:40 on October 2nd, 2012
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    This book is a very poignant and heartfelt tribute to the Rangers and LURPS who served with the 101st Airborne in Vietnam. Because of the author’s own participation in this conflict, the accuracy and authenticity of this book is beyond question. I was most impressed with Linderer’s commentary on the blunders and fatal errors that contributed to some of the disasters that befell these troops. He’s not afraid to pin the blame where he feels it belongs. This is a very worthy military book that will increase anyone’s knowledge of the Vietnam War and the men who fought there. I highly recommend it.

  • pomleo
    16:27 on October 2nd, 2012
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    Gary Linderer gives us a detailed account of his one-year tour of duty in Vietnam. Inserting into indian country in six man teams Linderer and his team mates sneek and peek in the enemies backyard. Linderer describes everything that happened 35 years ago with great detail. He also makes the reader feel that they are their with him through out his tour with the Rangers. I met”Mother” Rucker at a reunion and talked with him for more than a half hour about things in this book like I was there and I did not even serve in Vietnam. Linderer’s book gives us insight into the courage, bravery and professionalism of men that America did not care about. This is a must read for those that want to know what Vietnam was like in an elite unit.

  • opmtvldsb
    16:55 on October 2nd, 2012
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    Over the years, I have read a number of book regarding the Vietnam war. However, I had never read a book on the Long Range Patrol units or LRPs. I had no idea how they operated and I was looking forward to reading a heart-pounding story.

    Reading the prologue brought a tear to my eye. The prologue of the book showed the true talent of this author, even before the story began. The prologue was a story about how the first LRP reunion came to be after the war. I felt the words and the emotions the author were able to convey were quite powerful.

    Once the story started, through no fault of the author, the book went downhill quickly. One of the difficult things about writing a non-fiction book is sometimes the story is not that interesting. The first 150 pages got to be a little monotonous. It seemed the same sequence of events were occurring over and over again, with only the date changing. It was very interesting at first to read about how LRPs operate, but it got to be the same thing over and over again. There was little contact with the enemy to write about, but the story did have some interesting tidbits here and there that made me want to keep reading. However, after awhile I felt my commute to work would have been more exciting to read about.

    That all changed with the entry for November 4, 1968. The LRP becomes engaged with the enemy and really get in over their heads. Once again, here is where the authors writing abilities really began to show. The action described in the book rivaled any Hollywood script. The scene has everything from tragedy, heros, to the good guys coming over the hill for the rescue.

    Overall, I thought this was an OK book. The book was really lack luster until the entry for 11/4/68. From that point to the end of the book was pretty extraordinary. The authors description of the big battle as well as the events at the USO show were astounding. I felt a bit cheated by the fact this book only covers 1968, and if you want to read about the rest of the author’s tour in 1969, you have to buy a second book. While I would not call this the best memoir on the Vietnam War by far, it was still a decent book and I was glad to have read it. I felt the story was good enough where I will be picking up the next book.

    Upon reading some of the Amazon reviews and doing my own research, there is a lot of controversy about this author. I am not a soldier and for all I know, the entire book could be fabricated. All I can say is that the author is a talented writer and for the most part, the story seems plausible. Personally, I did not let the allegations get in my way of trying to enjoy this read. Approach the book with an open mind and I think you will enjoy it.

  • Maine Halyard
    19:01 on October 2nd, 2012
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    This is the third in the series of “Six Silent Men” books. All three are riviting and I could not put them down. Thank you to these men who not only fought in Viet Nam, but came back and were willing to share their experiences with us.

  • Wayzom
    21:24 on October 2nd, 2012
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    I had read Gary’s Books THE EYES OF THE EAGLE, & EYES BEHIND THE LINES, so I knew when Gary sent me this book that I would enjoy it.I have met Gary and he is the type person that you just know that every thing he wrote in all his books are the truth, and nothing but the truth.I thank him for putting me on to some other books. I have really enjoyed reading his works. I would recommend that anyone who hasn’t read all his books, and the other two books of this series seach the book stores for them, or if they are reading this order them from Thats the easiest way to get them. Thanks Gary. Roadrunner 6 out.

    23:42 on October 2nd, 2012
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    I was assigned to Co A, 101st Aviation Bn at Camp Eagle from July 1968 until July 1969. I did in no way share the same experiences as Gary Linderer, but our Company area was directly next too the engineers and the 2/17 Cav. We were a “Slick” Co and did insertions and extractions. I was in the Commo section and performed some duties as a crew member. Some of the events he brought up, i.e. the typhoon, the IG inspection,running out of beer, were right on the money! Changing the numbers on Jeeps and deuce and a halfs was not unigue to the LRRP’s. He did forget, or did not mention the one Bn Commander who attempted to grown tulips in the Company area and used all the potable water in a vain attempt to get them to grow. I thought we were all going to die of thirst at one point. All in all, and excellent book. I have orders the other two today. Jim Mateer, Walnut Creek, CA.

  • Kspraydad
    3:34 on October 3rd, 2012
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    I was Gray’s First Sergeant in F Company 58th Infantry, LRP until mid November 1968. Bieng Airborne qualified was a requirement to be in the company due to the fact that one method of insertion of our teams was by parachute. It was the least desirable method and we never used it, but we had to have that capability. Gary was most certainly a Paratrooper contrary to other comments on this site. Gary was a good soldier self disciplined and a good LRP. I have read all of his books and find them honest and true. For anyone to think otherwise is to be uninformed. To cast any dispersions on him is to paint all of us who served with him with the same brush. Only those who were there know the real truth anyone who wasn’t is only guessing. This is a great book and all who read it will be introduced to some REAL heroes.

  • Joe Schmo
    4:09 on October 3rd, 2012
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    I’m glad all three authors took the time and effort to bring us the story of the LRRP/LRP/Rangers, and I’m glad I was lucky enough to have chosen, and had the opportunity, to read this 3-book series. These are great men, with great stories to tell… Don’t miss out!

  • Terry Omoto
    7:56 on October 3rd, 2012
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    As a blogger who spent 2 months researching the events this book describes, I can say with absolute certainty that this book is true.

    There are many reviews on this book from one person who uses various identities to paste pieces of compiled, copied, out-of-context and erroneous documentation in an effort to further their accusations of war crimes and fake medals.

    The individuals making these accusations contacted my co-blogger and I with their list of allegations and a pile of paperwork they claimed “proved” them correct. I took on the story and my co-blogger and I proved them wrong through a mountain of hard evidence.

    This individual chose to harrass the two of us, threaten us with legal action if we published the story, and leave several threatening voicemails in an effort to intimidate us. Most recently, he has chosen to attack and defame us publicly instead of defending his story. This may be because the allegations are easily disproven.

    The bottom line here is that the book itself is real. The allegations that you will see in the reviews of this book are frivolous, petty, and entirely without merit.

  • Open your eyes
    9:34 on October 3rd, 2012
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    The way the author puts life into his characters is very realistic. His accounts of what has happened to him as well as his comrades are exciting and really makes the book hard to put down. I really enjoyed his books and his way of telling it like it is, regardless of whether or not he hurts anyone who reads it.

  • Mr. Madoff
    13:16 on October 3rd, 2012
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    I highly recommend any & all of Gary Linderer’s books; all are packed with great recollections of our brave fighting men in Vietnam, and are fast reads. Once you start this book (Vol 3), you’ll find it very hard to put down. Reading Vols 1 & 2 are not necessary, as each is a stand-alone account.

    I have enjoyed all of Mr Linderer’s publications, and can recommend this one as well without hesitation. You won’t be disappointed!

  • Telecom_Guy
    16:05 on October 3rd, 2012
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    This author has been attacked for years by the same two miscreaants. (…)

  • nonemployed
    17:10 on October 3rd, 2012
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    This work is all that is to be expected from a sequel to the first “Six Silent Men”. I was not let down, as I so often am, with some of the small unit contact books. This work was all that I expected. The action was close to non stop. The depictions of contact were thrilling and heart stopping. I was with and rooting for the teams all the way. This book, as was its precursor,is top notch. After having read circa 110 books about this subject, you may take my word for this book’s being an interesting read.

  • student
    20:29 on October 3rd, 2012
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    In 1998, I bought Gary’s book “Black Berets and Painted Faces”. Its now 2005 and I just finished my twentieth time through the book! Inspired, I picked up about 4 other books written by men Gary served with. They are all great books, and its awesome to read about some of the same events through other peoples point of view. My father served in ‘nam from ’68-’69 (around the same time Gary was there) in I corps, air cav, as an FO for his firebase near LZ Uplift. Though my fathers experiences differed from those of the LRP’s/rangers, it helps me to read books like this to understand what happened in Southeast Asia long before I was born. The war always interested me, and knowledge of it brings me closer to my father. I have great respect for those who served, and much excitement for the stories people like Gary share.
    Reading some of these anonymous reviews prompted me to research whether I was being lied to or not. Sure, I found those radio logs. Yes, I see some of his decorations werent documented, blah blah blah. I came across the website of this anonymous person and read a letter that was written about Gary and his “false claims” and I was suprised at the audacity they had by saying that the battle on Nov. 20th never even took place! The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in DC doesnt lie! The KIA’s in Gary’s book are consistent with names and dates on the wall. There are even log entries from the wall online, written by family members of said casualties, whos’ entries give confirmation of how and when these men were killed. And they want to say this battle never happened!? I will not dishonor the dead by discussing this further…
    As for the claims that Gary ran from this fight, and left his gear behind: Read the book! It clearly states that they dropped their rucks to fight before the catastrophic explosion that took out most of the team. And when they were medivac’d, were they supposed to carry all their gear with them!? No. Priority One was to get the heck out of dodge, rucked up or naked.
    And as for claims that they couldnt have possibly killed over 200 NVA: HA! First of all, Im inclined to believe Mr. Reid from the previous review. I dont know, theres something about an eye witness account that always adds significance to the story… Second of all, Its not like Gary is clamiming that he and the hand of God smote down this enemy alone! They used artillery, gunships, and air strikes to save their lives. Its not hard to believe that more than 200 NVA soldiers massed on this area in attempt to overrun the team, and that almost 200 of them were killed by supirior tactical rescources on hand for the trapped LRPs. Third of all, my fathers firebase was surrounded during the Tet Offensive, and after two days of bloody fighting, there were at least 35 NVA KIA piled up infront of his M-60 outside his bunker alone. I have both a picture, and a newspaper article to back his story up. His company wiped out an entire NVA regiment over the course of those two days. So its easy for me to believe that 11 men, alive or wounded, with supirior firepower and air support, can over the span of (lets say) 11 hours, kill an estimate of 200 NVA soldiers.
    This is what I have come up with. And no, your reviews arent helpful, whether you sit there and click “yes” 25 times thinking people will fall for it. I stand by Gary’s books. Even if he exaggerates or not. He’s not at all lieing in my opinion, and the only reason I am posting this review is because I believe in his stories, and those of his comrades, and those of my father so much that I feel the need to defend them and give them the much deserved priase that some of their generation didnt give them, and that my generation doesnt know to give them. I am 25, and I LOVE this book. If I met Gary or his comrades, I will gladly shake their hands.

  • Andrew L Hallinan
    1:27 on October 4th, 2012
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    The LRRPS did. Time and time again the long-range-reconnaissance-patrols went out to “see” and not be “seen”, and sadly, some individuals wouldn’t return home.

    This is fantastic series of books covering the history and evolution of the LRRPS/LRPS/RANGERS during the Vietnam War.

    Rey Martinez, Kenn Miller, and Gary Linderer interviewed a great number of the surviving members of the LRRPS/Rangers to bring their history alive. While some members were able to tap into their memories, others wouldn’t touch the pain from long ago. The authors did a terrific job bringing the histories together for a strong narrative.

    If anything, I found myself wanting to know more! What were they thinking? What were you feeling? I’m sure much ended up on the “editing room floor”.

    The “SIX SILENT MEN” books are a very honest account if the units actions. They’re packed with adventure and daring. While reading their books, I was filled with tension and dread, other times I had to laugh aloud, and a few times I became misty-eyed. You feel for the teams as they “will” themselves to become invisible while on patrol.

    Don’t be mis-lead by a negative review. The reviewer misquoted the book. This I know since I pulled my copy off the shelf and checked the text. The reviewer claims the authors are liars — NOT SO. A great number of books on the Vietnam War are written very honestly, and the publishers do “Fact Checking” before publishing these books. Read the review by Harold Nealy, who was a LRRP! His testimonial supports this fine series. If these books were embellished tales, then Vietnam Vets who served in the LRRPS/Rangers wouldn’t hesitate to post a review here and let the truths be known. As you see this isn’t the case.

    I have never met a veteran who has panned these books. Never.

    If you enjoyed this series, I would also recommend Jim Morris’ WAR STORY, John Plasters’ SOG, James Rowe’s FIVE YEARS TO FREEDOM, Larry Chambers RECONDO, and Leigh Wade’s TAN PHU.

    I had the honor of meeting Kenn Miller, Jim Morris, and John Plaster (and other Vietnam Vets) two years ago. They freely answered my questions. I was going to `buy a round’ when one of them said, “Put your money away kid.” I was 33, and that gathering was enjoyed by all.

    Read the books. You won’t be disappointed! God Bless and Attack life!

  • Tushar
    8:24 on October 4th, 2012
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    There have been anonymous reviews posted about Linderer’s books that question his truthfulness. I’m posting this review under my own name because I was an eyewitness to some of the incidents described in Linderer’s books, particularly the events of 20 Nov 68. My name is John Reid.
    I served briefly in Gary Linderer’s unit then transferred to B Co 101st Aviation Battalion, the unit that proveded helicopter support for Linderer’s unit. I was flying as door gunner for pilot W.T. Grant (author “Wings of the Eagle) on 20 Nov 68.

    Warrent Officer Grant and Captain Bill Meacham (author “Lest We Forget”) piloted the two helicopters that arrived over Linderer’s team shortly after they ambushed an enemy unit on 20 Nov 68. Both pilots braved enemy fire trying to extract the team with MacGuire rigs. The trees were too thick to lower ropes to the team. We could see armed enemy all around the team trying to get at them. We were hovering low enough to see that most of the team were badly wounded. Only the combined efforts of the artillery, gunships and Air Force fighter bombers, directed by LRRP commander Captain Eklund, kept the enemy at bay and saved the wounded survivors of the team. I personally witnessed this from a helicopter just above the action (off the gun target line) and heard most of the radio communications that day.
    Pilots Grant and Meachum spent most of the day ferrying in a reaction force to rescue the teams survivors and then extracting them all later in the day. The battle began at ten in the morning and we brought out the last friendlies well after dark. We took enemy fire every time we flew close to the ground that day. Flying in and out of the landing zone I saw many dead enemy soldiers on the slope below the LRRP team. On the missions we flew after dark that day, the muzzle flashes and tracers of multiple enemy weapons trying to shoot us down were visible to the support air crews overhead.
    I’ve read the descriptions of the 20 Nov 68 battle in the books written by Linderer, Grant and Meacham. As someone who was actually there, I find no discrepancies in their descriptions.
    The anonymous smears lead back to one person who I have talked to but will not name here. That person, who served in Vietnam, was not near Linderer’s team on 20 Nov 68, but by his own admission was in a different unit hundreds of miles away. He bases his attacks on Linderer’s veracity on a brief log kept by clerks at a base camp miles away from the action. All the participants in the action that day, that I have talked to, agree on the basic facts of the battle. The brief notations of the clerks in the rear are slightly different. Who are you going to believe. The soldiers and air crew who were actually there or some anonymous person who wasn’t anywhere near the battle.
    This same person calls Linderer a liar because not all his medals are listed on the Form DD214 held at the army records repository in St Louis. By that same logic I’m a liar too because I received an Air Medal years after my discharge and thus it doesn’t show up on my DD214. It’s not all that unusual.

    Gary Linderer is a true hero who has devoted his life since Vietnam to helping other veterans (including the person now slandering him anonymously). These attacks on his character and truthfulness are shameful and undeserved.
    Read Linderer’s books with the assurance that they reflect the truth as related by the soldiers and air crews who were actually there. John Reid, Portland, OR

  • Elizabeth Campbell
    14:55 on October 4th, 2012
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    Linderer, Martinez, and Miller are all great authors, and write about their experiences in such a way as you almost feel like you were there. In fact, if you like this style of book, Buy any of the Ivy publishing books related to the Vietnam War. Ivy caters to this style of book and all are well written accounts of what happened. Being ex-military, I found them hard to put down.

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