- Tapa blanda: 378 páginas
- Editor: St. John's Press; Edición: 2 (13 de diciembre de 2013)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0991601440
- ISBN-13: 978-0991601448
- Valoración media de los clientes: Sé el primero en opinar sobre este producto
Absolution: Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 22nd Infantry (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 13 dic 2013
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The Vietnam War opens the door for countless volumes of personal memoirs from the fighting men who waged it. Most are well crafted by the men who never thought they would write a book, especially one about Vietnam. Absolution is an exceptional work of one man’s journey across those Asian battlefields in 1967 and 1968. Author Charles J. Boyle, takes you smack into the fighting from the first page of this authentic history and leaves you breathless all the way to the end. His descriptions of battle, how they were won or lost, and the men who fought them are spine chilling. Absolution is not just a story of the horror of war in Vietnam, but it is also one of love... love and admiration for the men who fought it. Thousands of young men, most of them teenagers, were thrust into the barbarity of that Asian civil war inadequately trained and initially armed with a defective weapon. In Vietnam, the foot soldier honed his “killing skills” by instinct and imagination. Out of Vietnam emerged a legion of men, struggling with an even greater battle, personal and private. They suffered a moral conflict that only those who have taken another life can comprehend. Then, undermining their gallant service in Vietnam, a powerful and biased news media created a myth that quickly spread across America. They said that the Vietnam-era soldier was a misfit; a perverse example of a military machine gone awry, wreaking havoc upon innocent civilians. Soon after the fighting was done in Vietnam, prominent news broadcasters coined a new phrase: “They only war we ever lost,” they said. They want you to believe that the soldier lost the war, when, in fact, he lost only his youth, his innocence and sadly, many of his friends. Absolution will take you through that aftermath, offer solutions for the Post Traumatic Stress that these soldiers suffered, and will prove to you that these Vietnam Veterans were some of the finest soldiers that ever served America. Absolution is a remarkable resurrection of the Vietnam battlefield, told by an author who has “been there.” It is an extraordinary and moving story, accurately portrayed, with all the valor, pain, and sacrifice that distinguished Vietnam from other wars. It is superb history and great reading. It will tear at your heart and make you want to cry.
Biografía del autor
Charles J. Boyle grew up in rural Pennsylvania, entering the Army as a private in 1958. He rose swiftly through the ranks, earning a commission through Infantry Officers Candidate School in 1966. He received a B.A. in History from the University of Tampa in 1973 and retired from service as a Major in 1978.Assigned to Vietnam during 1967-68, he commanded a platoon in combat. At the outbreak of the 1968 Tet offensive, he was selected to command Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 22nd Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. Among his many awards are two Silver Stars for gallantry in action, two Bronze Stars for heroism, the Purple Heart, and numerous other awards for service. After retiring from the Army, Boyle spent the next 25 years teaching high school JROTC. He remains active with Vietnam Veteran groups and is frequently the featured speaker at reunions and other civic functions. Currently, he resides near Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
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I was not familiar with this battle. I’d seen the name Ap Cho and Cui Chi but never paid them much attention. I had no idea how intense of a battle accorded in the corridor until today.
Charlies Company of the 3rd battalion, 22nd Army endured some of the most intense infantry combat operation I’ve read to date.
I would compare it to the German attempts to take Stalingrad without the heavy air and artillery support the Germans could call upon. Obviously, this battle didn’t last two and-a-half months, but the combat was just as fierce. Command knew the VC and NVA were there. What they didn’t know is how well dug-in and fortified their positions were prepared. Charlie was going to find out and pay a high price.
The story opens with Lt. Riley trying to figure out how to inform Jimmy Holt’s parents how he died. In his mind, he’d love to tell them exactly what happened and how gruesome and senseless his death was. Poor planning and failed intelligent had led his platoon and the 3rd battalion into another head-on assault against Ap Cho. The result was the same-more men died and the objective was still not captured, nor would it in the near future if they didn’t’ get adequate, air, artillery and armor support. In the end, with the help of First Sergeant Krznarich, he was able to come up with form letter that allowed him to bypass the gore and hopefully let the Holt’s know their son died fighting for his country and buddies. In the end, it’s only a letter. I don’t know why, but that sentence is one of the most disturbing and brilliant I’ve come across in describing the futility and mismanagement of the entire Vietnam War. I can see Johnson and McNamara making similar comments.
From this point on, the story only intensifies.
As I stated before, it’s not best flowing book about this war, but once you’re finished, you will have time to reflect and fully appreciate all the men who fought and died in this deadly struggle.
A few grammatical errors, but nothing to interrupt the flow
Four and-a-half stars
As a company commander, he led Charlie Company during major battles, their successes outperforming the other companies in the Battalion. I also found how difficult it was for a commander to follow the sometimes insane orders from his bosses that resulted in loss of lives, and then convincing his subordinates that it was the right thing to do. They trusted him and would follow him anywhere! I knew that this period of time was also the onset of the 68 Tet offensive and Charlie Company was continuously forced to fight without artillery or air support because the assets were needed elsewhere - although it was never explained why. It was easy for the troops to lose faith in their leaders when promises are broken, but Lt. Riley kept his people motivated and together.
The battle for Ap Co was similar to many other hill fights in Vietnam like Dak To and Hamburger Hill - the relentless uphill assaults that killed many and lasted for days. Then were eventually vacated after counting the bodies and searching for information. There is no mention in the book, but the battle at the firebase on Easter Friday was depicted in the movie "Platoon" as Oliver Stone was in that same battalion.
Lt. Dennis Riley's speech near the end of the book where he addresses the audience during one of the first veteran reunions he attended in Washington DC is a piece of work. His heartfelt words hit home and sent chills up my spine as he tried to make amends for all the injustice suffered by Vietnam Vets over the past decades. After reading it the second time, I had the same results.
Absolution is highly recommended and offers readers a first hand look at the insanity of war and the brotherhood shared by those who fought to protect one another. Great job Mr. Boyle! Thank you for your service and Welcome Home, sir!
John Podlaski, author
Cherries - A Vietnam War Novel