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by James R. McDonough

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Author:
James R. McDonough
ISBN13:
978-0553254624
ISBN:
0553254626
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Publisher:
Bantam; 10th Printing edition (March 1, 1986)
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Military
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1982 kb
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James R. McDonough's "Platoon Leader" did for a platoon leader in Vietnam in his book what Charles MacDonald did for the company commander in WWII in his "Company Commander: The Classic Infantry Memoir of World War I. "Platoon Leader" captures the sights, sounds, an. .

James R. "Platoon Leader" captures the sights, sounds, and smells of the battlefield including the unforgiving nature of combat and the seemingly randomness of combat.

Platoon Leader is a memoir by James R. McDonough. It is narrated by McDonough in first person view and tells of his story in the Vietnam War as a lieutenant in command of 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company, 4th Battalion, 503rd Infantry(Airborne)

Platoon Leader is a memoir by James R. It is narrated by McDonough in first person view and tells of his story in the Vietnam War as a lieutenant in command of 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company, 4th Battalion, 503rd Infantry(Airborne). Platoon Leader is a true story told by James R. McDonough, a Vietnam War veteran. The book takes place in and around a fort near a Vietnamese village in Binh Dinh province. It McDonough's retelling of his time in Vietnam.

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James McDonough graduated from West Point and served in Vietnam as an infantry platoon leader in the legendary 173d Airborne Brigade.

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About Platoon Leader. Colonel James R. McDonough, USA (Re., graduated from West Point and served in Vietnam as an infantry platoon leader in the legendary 173rd Airborne Brigade. A remarkable memoir of small-unit leadership and the coming of age of a young soldier in combat in Vietnam. platoon taking part in the ‘strategic hamlet’ program. A military theorist who has helped shape the post–Cold War army’s thinking, he is als. ore about James R.

Also by James R. This book is dedicated to America’s straight and stalwart soldiers who have trained hard in times of peace to be ready for war, and have thereby kept the peace. One of the best thinkers in today’s United Stated Army has written what at first seems to be a lighthearted and simple story.

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McDonough has focused a seasoned storyteller’s eye on the details, people, and incidents that best communicate a visceral feel of command under fire. For the author’s honesty and literary craftsmanship, Platoon Leader seems destined to be read for a long time by second lieutenants trying to prepare for the future, veterans trying to remember the past, and civilians trying to understand what the profession of arms is all about.

A remarkable memoir of small-unit leadership and the coming of age of a young soldier in combat in Vietnam.'"Using a lean style and a sense of pacing drawn from the tautest of novels, McDonough has produced a gripping account of his first command, a U.S. platoon taking part in the 'strategic hamlet' program. . . . Rather than present a potpourri of combat yarns. . . McDonough has focused a seasoned storyteller�s eye on the details, people, and incidents that best communicate a visceral feel of command under fire. . . . For the author�s honesty and literary craftsmanship, Platoon Leader seems destined to be read for a long time by second lieutenants trying to prepare for the future, veterans trying to remember the past, and civilians trying to understand what the profession of arms is all about.��Army TimesFrom the Paperback edition.
  • I gave this book 3-stars because I felt it was one dimensional. Cyclops in the Jungle, by David Walker is a memoir of his army experience in LRRP. As the book starts, he takes you on his journey to become a LRRP. Its not easy, and only the best are selected into this top notch elite group. Before the war really starts for him, I he is gravely wounded with a shrapnel wound to an eye. I believe its here, where the author's bitterness and frustrations begin.

    Being wounded, he's shipped back to the states where he losses his eye. Hence the title, "Cyclops in the Jungle. I saw frustration and anger dwell within him as he eventually was forced to leave the army on a medical disability. While out of the service, he takes you along with him as he flounders through life trying to find himself. I sympathize empathetically for his lost, its tragic. He really wants sincerely to fight in the Vietnam war, and he wants to be the best, whether LRRP, Rangers or any elite unit. He is a worrier no doubt. I applaud him for his service, dedication and service to our country, absolutely!

    He does find a way back in to the army through loop holes, paper fudging and favors, working his way back to Rangers although he really shouldn't be there with his vision (eye) lost. Nevertheless, he makes it back to a combat unit in Vietnam.

    Here is where the book becomes in my opinion, one dimensional. Walker's outlook is one of distain, mainly at anything other than Rangers or LRRP's. I also believe that he enjoyed what he did including killing. I felt in some way, he was troubled. During the remainder of the war, America in 1973 was pulling out of Vietnam. Troops were being withdrawn and the war ending. Walker continues his war, both wars, America's and his. He doesn't want to stop fighting, extends his service until he's pulled out by the Army. Reassigned back in the states, he thirst for action and adventure. Eventually discontent in what I believe was peace time, he retires from service. I couldn't help but think that in some way, he never wanted to leave war, at least alive.

    If you want shoot'em up, and hard core tough action by a tough solider, this book may be for you.

  • Platoon Leader is an account of Lt McDonough’s tour of duty from West Point to landing in Vietnam and leaving it a very different man. He is at the small village of Troung Lam in the Binh Dinh province about 7 klicks east of the infamous Highway 1 and 3 klicks west of the South China Sea. Despite having a great deal of training—Including West Point, unlike the enlisted men under him, the LT has no experience upon landing. He must establish control of men who know war personally, yet not be so foolish as to ignore advise that could get soldiers under his command killed.

    McDonough uses first person to submerge the reader into this conflict. The author’s assessment of his actions—whether heroic or folly—ring forth with honesty. His frank insight into his actions and those of his men produces a compelling read for anyone who desires to know about this war. This quest to “know Vietnam” will not be attained from the media today, who only spout the tired and deceptive line: “we lost.” The US won the battles and her strategy of attrition. The NVA and VC lost over a million while ARVN over 254,000 and the US over 58,000. However, the communists and Ho Chi Minh were willing to lose over a million men since they correctly surmised that the US would not continue to fight the battle as the casualties mounted. Their strategy proved correct.

    McDonough’s account, however, stays out of the political and historical realm. This is his account. For anyone wanting to “know Vietnam” this sliver of the Vietnam Conflict affords an excellent view of our soldiers in combat, many of the instantaneous decisions that affect life and death, the inexplicable fate or luck involved, and how a soldier comes out the tunnel of war differently than he came into it. Yes, these were “our soldiers,” despite the sorry manner they were treated by many Americans. If you have never read any book on Vietnam or if you have read many, this book will not disappoint you.

  • I originally got this book as a young officer in the U.S. Air Force because it was highly recommended to me by a long retired Army officer that I worked with, and whose advice I trusted. There are always lists of books that young officers should read, and this one rightfully belongs among those. I firmly believe that what Col. James R. McDonough USA (Ret.) has written about in this short, but powerful book, should be ingrained in the mind of every military officer that has the good fortune and terrible responsibility to command others. The book itself is a quick read, relatively short, but its utterly raw and moving words will stay with you long after you have finished reading them. As the United States finds itself unable to escape the COIN-style wars that Vietnam typified in many ways, the struggles that McDonough encountered as a young platoon leader are struggles that thousands of young men are still encountering today. While this book is only one man’s experience in war, it is one that is well worth studying, especially as we continue to ask so much of so few. If you want to get a glimpse into that world, Platoon Leader is a fantastic case study. For a young officer or NCO, I would recommend taking the scenarios in this book, and playing them through in your mind, imagine what your actions might be. McDonough did not always make the right decision, a fact that he refreshingly and honestly acknowledges, but he did what we are all asked to do in such situations – make the best decision we can with limited time and information. This book is wonderfully written, and utterly fascinating, and should definitely be on your bookshelf. If the greatest quality of human beings is the ability to collectively learn, I urge all young officers to read this book, and learn from another young officers successes and mistakes.