Alone in the Valley is the true story of a young college dropout in 1968 who decided to join the U.S. Army Special Forces, the Green Berets. It takes you through his training from start to finish without hype, exposing the good and the bad. The book provides an unvarnished observation of what was happening in America during that period. With the war winding down Special Forces soldiers were confronted with a mission that at that time seemed futile. Sergeant Lanigan found himself thrust into an environment in which he was unprepared for but had no choice other than to meet the challenge. This is a story of a young man’s journey in war, from boy to man, his loss of innocence, and the transformation of how he would view events and people for the rest of his life. Revised Copy
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Excellent autobiography about a young soldier who went though Special forces training and earned his "green beret". He was assigned to work with the people of South Vietnam and Cambodia. Insight into how they operated in hazardous situations ad what they did to complete their missions.
Wow! I am both intrigued and humbled after reading this true story. I know Mr. Lanigan personally and have always thought very highly of him as a person but now even more so. For me, this book was a trip to the past during a time period when I did not even exist. It was very interesting to learn about what the late 60's and 70's were actually like and how it differed from today's society. Personally, I never served in the military so this book taught me a lot about how our military is structured and gave me a first person glimpse of what its like to enlist. My favorite parts of the book were details of training and dealing with some of the shenanigans that went on behind the scenes. Also got a kick out of the frustrations that were experienced with training some of the Cambodian soldiers and how their training was dismal at best compared to the American forces. Very funny. I did not realize how poorly Vietnam vets were treated after the war. Whether we agree with every war we are...
Someone I knew died in Vietnam, and I always wondered what horror he must have gone though in his very short life of 20 years. This man was approximately the same age as my friend, and he expressed his feelings straight from his heart, with no sugar coating or mincing of words. Much appreciated, and so happy he made it back in one piece. So sad and disgraceful the way this country unwelcomed back our Vietnam vets who were all heros, and who fought and were maimed there for nothing.
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