Prodigals

A Vietnam Story

Richard Taylor

During his first tour in Vietnam - 1967-68 - Dick Taylor was a well trained and highly motivated amateur assigned to advise a hard-bitten ARVN infantry battalion working in the mud and streams of IV Corps. He became savvy in a hurry and found that he was both brave and resourceful. He barely survived Tet 1968, then served on an advisory team staff.
Publication date:
December 2003
Publisher :
Casemate Publishers
Language:
English
Illustration :
b/w photos
Format Available     Quantity Price
Hardback
ISBN : 9781932033199

Dimensions : 240 X 159 cm
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£25.00
Paperback
ISBN : 9781935149866

Dimensions : 240 X 159 cm
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£14.99
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Overview
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During his first tour in Vietnam – 1967-68 – Dick Taylor was a well trained and highly motivated amateur assigned to advise a hard-bitten ARVN infantry battalion working in the mud and streams of IV Corps. He became savvy in a hurry and found that he was both brave and resourceful. He barely survived Tet 1968, then served on an advisory team staff.

For the next two years, Taylor earned a Ranger tab, served on a division staff, and schooled on. He met a woman, and married her days before he returned to Vietnam.

Taylor's second tour – 1970-71 – was altogether different. He immediately assumed command of Bravo Company, 1/7 Cav, and excelled as a commander and a leader. He was aggressive in the field, confident in his command, and assertive with his superiors. He fought a good war, a successful war, and when he was forced to take a staff job it was as his battalion's intelligence officer. But the war was winding down, its purpose lost. Taylor's spirit's flagged, but not his fidelity.

This well-written combat memoir is heartfelt, earnest, honest, and just a little melancholy. It is a very good book.