SOG: The Secret Wars of America's Commandos in Vietnam

SOG is the amazing accounts of some of our best soldiers from the Vietnam war era, dying in places where they were not officially operating SOG is the Special Operations Group that tangled with the NVA while learning what was happening in places outside the Vietnam border Cross border actions into Laos Cambodia are here, tracking the movement of men and materials via the Ho Chi Minh trail This is a hard book to read at times I had to put it down for a few days and come back to it with a SOG is the amazing accounts of some of our best soldiers from the Vietnam war era, dying in places where they were not officially operating SOG is the Special Operations Group that tangled with the NVA while learning what was happening in places outside the Vietnam border Cross border actions into Laos Cambodia are here, tracking the movement of men and materials via the Ho Chi Minh trail This is a hard book to read at times I had to put it down for a few days and come back to it with a clear head The author, as someone who operated within SOG lead his own missions, knows many of the men involved A number of them did not come back He lists out the missions and the names of the Americans involved, providing detail when possible on how they died Some of the accounts are not for the squeamish There is a reason why SOG had the highest number of Medal of Honor recipients I had uncles over there, one a Marine that saw a lot of action in the center of the country The author points out how the small band of SOG operators were able to tie down a large number of NVA units destroy caches Not enough to turn the tide of the war, but enough to keep many in the front line units alive SOG went in after aircrews who were operating outside of official boundaries, as the US didn t have any SAR groups that could go there SOG went back for their dead, sometimes right back into the teeth of a reinforced NVA The other side had no qualms using SOG prisoners and dead to lure teams in, as they knew SOG never wanted to leave anyone behind.The 160th SOAR is an outgrowth of one of the last SOG missions The SOG unit was keeping an NSA site online at the top of a mountain They were to stay there until it became untenable SOG had to borrow helicopters to move its units around One unnamed REMF thought he d play with lives by threatening the careers of any aircrew who heard the call to pull them out Americans on a hill that was about to be captured an American high ranking officer said no That simply burns raw that we could do that to ourselves.In reading other accounts of the smaller units in Vietnam, they did the best they could with the resources given But they really shouldn t have been there With no real plan from the top, all units like SOG could do was get the intelligence report it up the chain Nothing was really done with what they learned What the leadership didn t realize or wanted to admit was just how prepared and patient the other side was with their goal, that of unifying the two halves of the country Read the book to learn about a less known, but no less important part, of the American war effort in Vietnam Know that these men were over there doing the job given them They fought and died where the US government said they were not The author has done a tremendous service to bring their stories to light This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This is the benchmark which all SOF special operations forces should be measured, Major Plaster brings you into the mind of an elite warrior Deep behind enemy lines with any CAS close air support almost an hour away at most times, and the prospect ofa QRF quick reaction force to pull their balls off the chopping block, these small 5 to 8 man teams crept through the NVA s home turf collecting intel, destroying critical supply lines and even snatching a live prisoner surrounded by hundreds o This is the benchmark which all SOF special operations forces should be measured, Major Plaster brings you into the mind of an elite warrior Deep behind enemy lines with any CAS close air support almost an hour away at most times, and the prospect ofa QRF quick reaction force to pull their balls off the chopping block, these small 5 to 8 man teams crept through the NVA s home turf collecting intel, destroying critical supply lines and even snatching a live prisoner surrounded by hundreds of enemy Rambo is a pussy compared to any SOG vet.As an American Sof history buff, it s refreshing to see this doesn t make mistakes some books by veterans have made they ll fail to cover the details of the experience, like the military designation for a fragmentation grenade, the tactics used, and the other finer particulars thatgive you the sense of authenticity, of being there with them as they re being pursued by100 enemy through a jungle with only 4 or 5 of your brothers.The parts where the ReconTeam s are surrounded by dozens and hundreds of Charlie, armed with AA guns, RPG s and belt fed MG S versus the small arms these young men had is heart wrenching Remember, they had to carry everything in with them Their CAR 15 or M 16 rifles1 20 to 30 20 round mags, food, water, heavy radios with spotty reception, down to extra socks and medical kits all were in their rucks and on their person for up to 10 days at a clip Then to be hunkered down behind a small log with your teammates at your side mustbe very sobering and lonely.with all of the technology our sofguys can use to callin cas such as GPS, drones, and IRstrobes and lasers, it is truly amazing what they did with maps, a compass and their own eyes to call in500 1b bombs and napalm within50 meters of their own pos and sadly on top of their pos when their perimeter was broken.Aside from the incredibly written action where the reader finds himself in the jungle, smelling the rotting vegetation and feeling the weight ofthe CAR 17 s metal in your arms, he also makes you feel the loss of comrades and the loneliness and isolation from the high intensity of their everyday lives Plaster explains the feeling of being ayoung 20 something with the responsibility and power over his men s, and the enemies, lives and how that makes the trivial existence of normal life feel pointless at times You can t help but question your own life whenyou close the book Writing about the classified and the denied is always hard Plaster does his best to produce a systemic account of SOG, the elite crossboarder recon force in the Vietnam War, but at the end of the day, he is a soldier, not a historian When this book sticks to what Plaster knows, his own war stories and those of his friends, it is very good When it moves to a different subject, the politics of the war or the broader military impact of SOG, it loses touch SOG was composed of courageous men and Writing about the classified and the denied is always hard Plaster does his best to produce a systemic account of SOG, the elite crossboarder recon force in the Vietnam War, but at the end of the day, he is a soldier, not a historian When this book sticks to what Plaster knows, his own war stories and those of his friends, it is very good When it moves to a different subject, the politics of the war or the broader military impact of SOG, it loses touch SOG was composed of courageous men and skilled fighters, and we should be honored that Plaster and his comrades chose to share their stories with us While this is a good secondary source for the Vietnam War buff, it s not quite literary or insightful enough to recommend to a broader audience Modern day warriors stories and lives that must be heard Never Forget. Major John L Plaster, a three tour veteran of Vietnam tells the story of the most highly classified United States covert operatives to serve in the war The Studies and Observations Group, code named SOG Comprised of Absolutely riveting If you like action get SOGed It s amazing how detailed Plaster is about the guns, ammo, mines, copters, and every other piece of hardware used in this war of not only the SOG forces but also those of the NVA The number of people he names is extraordinary and every incident is described so meticulously that Plaster seems almost omniscient My dad was a Marine who served in special operations so I was half hoping to see his name pop up in the book This book does a great ser Absolutely riveting If you like action get SOGed It s amazing how detailed Plaster is about the guns, ammo, mines, copters, and every other piece of hardware used in this war of not only the SOG forces but also those of the NVA The number of people he names is extraordinary and every incident is described so meticulously that Plaster seems almost omniscient My dad was a Marine who served in special operations so I was half hoping to see his name pop up in the book This book does a great service to shine recognition on the men who served in SOG that the military unfortunately did not due to political restraints If the entire US military were made up of men who were as badass as these guys, America would ve easily won this war This book covers the fighting done by Special Operations Groups SOG during the Vietnam War These groups secretly worked within Laos and Cambodia and sought to disrupt the Ho Chi Minh Trail that brought North Vietnamese Army supplies to South Vietnam I knew nothing of SOG before reading this book I read it because a client of mine was a part of this group and said this was the best description of the type of fighting he did during the war It was a fascinating look at special operations, psy This book covers the fighting done by Special Operations Groups SOG during the Vietnam War These groups secretly worked within Laos and Cambodia and sought to disrupt the Ho Chi Minh Trail that brought North Vietnamese Army supplies to South Vietnam I knew nothing of SOG before reading this book I read it because a client of mine was a part of this group and said this was the best description of the type of fighting he did during the war It was a fascinating look at special operations, psychological warfare, and courage I m not going to give anything away, but this book about the black ops missions mainly in Laos Cambodia during the Vietnam War There is a lot information here that has now been declassified, however was kept secret for a long time The American Special Forces started in WWII, however they made the identities of the Army Green Beret Navy SEAL units during the struggles of the Vietnam War to what they now are today It s an intense read that shows successes pitfalls of the ever plagued Viet I m not going to give anything away, but this book about the black ops missions mainly in Laos Cambodia during the Vietnam War There is a lot information here that has now been declassified, however was kept secret for a long time The American Special Forces started in WWII, however they made the identities of the Army Green Beret Navy SEAL units during the struggles of the Vietnam War to what they now are today It s an intense read that shows successes pitfalls of the ever plagued Vietnam War This was a fascinating look at a group of incredible men The stories are almost unbelievable and the things these few men accomplished are just crazy Well worth the read if you enjoy military SF history Outstanding book This is the second book I ve read by this author and would recommend reading it What brave men these where to fight in this war and serve their country True American hero s SOG: The Secret Wars of America's Commandos in Vietnam


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