Military history

The First Battle: Operation Starlite and the Beginning of the Blood Debt in Vietnam

The First Battle: Operation Starlite and the Beginning of the Blood Debt in Vietnam

Lehrack, a Marine who served in the Vietnam War, draws on interviews with Marines and with men who fought with the 1st Viet Cong Regiment to offer an account of the first major clash of America's involvement in Vietnam. Code-named operation Starlite, the August 1965 battle was a resounding success for the Marines and a cause for great optimism about America's future in Vietnam.

Introduction: Lessons Learned

The Trumpet Sounds

Prologue: America 1965

Chapter 1: Inching Toward the Abyss

Chapter 2: America Touches the Tar Baby

Chapter 3: The Field Called “Little Man”

Chapter 4: Continuing Escalation

Chapter 5: The Battle

Chapter 6: “Land the Landing Force!”

Chapter 7: Assault from the Air

Chapter 8: The Taking of An Cuong 2

Chapter 9: Heavy Fighting on All Fronts

Chapter 10: The Call for Reinforcements

Chapter 11: The Situation at Late Afternoon

Chapter 12: The Second Day

Chapter 13: The Reaction

Chapter 14: The Blood Debt

Appendix 1: Medal of Honor Citations

Appendix 2: Glossary

Notes

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