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Combat recon : my year with the AVRN
Parrish, Robert D.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 1991.
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xv, 291 pages ; 22 cm
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DS559.5 .P39 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
DS559.5 .P39 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Booklist Review

Lieutenant Parrish spent 1967-68 as the American adviser to a South Vietnamese infantry battalion. Ill-equipped, undertrained, and suffering heavy casualties in the field and corruption at high command levels, the ARVNs still fought bravely and effectively. This is both another infantryman's-eye view of the Vietnam War and one of the too-few tributes to the ARVN, whose casualties were many times the Americans' yet who have gone mostly unheralded. Firmly recommended for most Vietnam collections. ~--Roland Green

Publisher's Weekly Review

Parrish arrived in Vietnam in 1967 as a first lieutenant ``eager to kill Viet Cong and participate in the great adventure.'' He spent the first half of an action-filled year as an adviser to an ARVN (Army of the Republic of Vietnam) infantry battalion and the second half performing simliar duties with an ARVN reconnaissance company. Both units were part of the 5th ARVN Division operating a few miles north of Saigon. Among the mayhem he caused, he threatened to decapitate a tank commander and to shoot down an uncooperative pilot, and he concocted a plan to assassinate a meddlesome colonel by means of a faked Viet Cong ambush. Parrish is not an easy fellow to admire, with all his bragging about ``good kills'' (which include the gratuituous zapping of water buffalo), but the retired lieutenant colonel's memoir is valuable for its rare descriptions of South Vietnamese ``grunts'' who fought with dedication and skill. Photos. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved