Days Of Valor

An Inside Account of the Bloodiest Six Months of the Vietnam War

Robert L. Tonsetic

Days of Valor tells the story of the 199th Light Infantry Brigade, a major combat unit of the US Army that served in the Vietnam War. The brigade was formed at Fort Benning, Georgia, and was sent out to Vietnam in December 1966.
Publication date:
December 2010
Publisher :
Casemate Publishers
Language:
English
Illustration :
16 pages of b/w photographs
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Overview
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• Provides a no-holds-barred account of the Tet OffensiveReveals the shocking reality of what young US soldiers faced

Days of Valor tells the story of the 199th Light Infantry Brigade, a major combat unit of the US Army that served in the Vietnam War.

The brigade was formed at Fort Benning, Georgia, and was sent out to Vietnam in December 1966. In January 1968, the 199th were conducting an operation in Bien Hoa Province, scouring the sector for NVA personnel, when the Viet Cong launched the Tet Offensive. This sudden offensive caught the US Army completely by surprise. The Viet Cong attacked all of the major cities in South Vietnam and 58 major towns. The Communist forces had considerable success in Hué and Saigon. Armed with rockets, mortars, Chinese claymores, mines, machine guns and AK-47s, the Viet Cong were able to force the 199th onto the back foot.

Many of the characters described in this book did not make it home, and the narrative gives the reader a vivid impression of what it must have been like to fight in this horrific war. The author was a company commander during these battles, and he has interviewed many of the soldiers of the 199th who fought in this bloody conflict.

Days of Valor is a no-holds-barred account of the Tet Offensive, and reveals the shocking reality of what young US soldiers faced. The Tet Offensive was the turning point of the Vietnam War. It was a huge propaganda victory for the Viet Cong, and the beginning of the end for the US in Vietnam.

About the Author

Robert L Tonsetic is Vietnam veteran and author of Forsaken Warriors (Casemate, 2009).

REVIEWS

... Tonsetic's account is a panegyric to the soldiers he served with rather than an attempt at a general history...the work is primarily about his own experiences and those of the people around him, collected from the personal recollections of participants and contemporary after-action reports. ..of interest to subject collections.
Library Journal

...Tonsetic, who commanded an infantry company, relies heavily first person infantrymen to paint a picture of almost non-stop combat action…
Vietnam Veterans of America

... this book has no other purpose other than to disclose the valor and sacrifice of those who fought during this period. … This book took me by surprise. I had begun the task to review a log of war, to gain new admiration of valor and courage. In the end, not only had I gained a renewed appreciation of courage and valor, but more importantly I had to come face to face with the enormity of loss and grief that is forever imposed on our soldiers. This book is a path to share that cost.
Reviewed by: Edward Fennell

…will resonate with veterans, especially grunts who served anywhere in Vietnam….offers historical insights for today…a worthy memorial.
Vietnam Magazine

… a spell binding account of the 199th Light Infantry Brigade's actions surrounding the Tet Offensive… an excellent memorial to the exploits of this fighting unit.
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