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The Boys of '67: Charlie Company's War in Vietnam

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When the 160 men of Charlie Company (4th Battalion/47th Infantry/9th ID) were drafted by the US Army in May 1966, they were part of the wave of conscription that would swell the American military to 80,000 combat troops in theater by the height of the war in 1968. In the spring of 1966, the war was still popular and the draftees of Charlie Company saw their service as a ri ...more
Hardcover, 376 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Osprey Publishing (first published January 1st 2012)
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As a former member of the 1st Brigade (2/39th Infantry) of the 9th Infantry Division who completed Basic Training, Advanced Individual Training and Basic Unit Training at Fort Riley Kansas, this book brings back a lot of memories. Some of them good and some bad. If you want to know what it was like to be a infantryman in close combat in Vietnam, this book hits the mark. It also helps explain questions that I have had for 46 years as I looked back on my time in Vietnam. When our bus pulled up to ...more
It's difficult to review this without comparing it to the only similar book which I've read; The Long Gray Line. This is a classic book in the pantheon of Vietnam non-fiction literature. The Boys of '67 strives to match this and while it is a satisfying enough read, it never quite reaches the same standard.

What it does pretty well is capture the atmosphere of battle in war-torn Vietnam, the daily danger presented by booby traps or sudden ambushes and the effect of battle fatigue and ultimately P
The Vietnam war was "my war" in the sense that young men of my age fought it. I was never drafted and so didn't have to serve. This book gives a taste of what it was like to be in the front lines of that war. I admire those who put their lives on the line to serve in Vietnam. But, having read this book, I'm really glad I wasn't called to do so. The experiences of those who served in the fighting part of the Vietnam war were horrible and the aftermath for many was equally horrible in a different ...more
I missed a more broader and balanced view on the war. And I absolutely don’t understand the underlying „my country calls, I serve“ pathos, the author is so obvisousy fascinated by. He did a great job in collecting the memories from the men of charlie company drafted in 1966 but totally missed to answer the most decisive question: What makes Americans run from war to war even with the experiences of Vietnam in the collective memory? (He portrays a Vietnam Vet proud of sending his daughter to Iraq ...more
Dave Moore
Jun 05, 2014 Dave Moore rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Dave by: MD
I didn't enjoy reading this book. Why? Would you enjoy watching an inevitable train wreck, or a tragic accident unfold before your eyes? Particularly if it touched you personally? Of course not. That having been said this is extremely well written. Based upon actual interviews and recollections, this unsettling work puts the reader in the same atmosphere as the guys it's written about. You feel their anxiety and confusion. You share their conflicting emotions. The 9th Infantry endured a two-day ...more
Nancy Oakes
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I have been forever fascinated with the Vietnam War -- most especially with the politics and behind-the-scene machinations behind America's involvement, but also with the growth and outright explosion of US opposition to the war, and the aftermath, as the soldiers came home, or did not. But what really gets to me are the compelling stories of the people who were actually there. The Boys of '67 briefly but powerfully examin
Riveting book about America's best in a war 47 years ago.

This book should have been considered for a Pulitzer prize for such an in-depth accounts into the lives of all the men that served in Charlie company. The author painstakingly delved into their hopes, their fears, their triumphs, and their worst nightmares. The families were not overlooked and you almost want to lash out at the author for being so completely thorough. I am filled with both joy and sorrow for those that survived, but, came
Words cannot describe the roller coaster of emotions I experienced while reading "The Boy's of '67" these past few weeks. I stumbled upon this book online, reading the preview of the prologue, describing the authors background and inspiration to writing this book. I immediately had to go out to my local bookstore to read this book, as I had to read about the young men who served in Charlie Companies and their story of their service in Vietnam.

I've read a few books regarding the Vietnam war, most
Great social history of combat soldiers during the Vietnam War. It's mostly narrative with some interesting threads about how these soldiers' attitudes toward the conflict evolved between enlistment and DEROs. The author has a tendency to become melodramatic when he describes various situations and when he speculates about what each soldier probably felt during and after combat situations. This book rests on a substantial amount of oral histories collected by the author after he invited a Vietna ...more
Wiest put in narrative form one company's training and wartime experience during the Vietnam War. Wiest interwove the troops' personal accounts with historical military reports.

As the child of a veteran who did two tours in Vietnam, I was grateful for these soldiers' perspectives and memories. I was especially grateful for Wiest's recounting of what happened to the soldiers later. Their tours ended, but the memories affected them (and their families) for the rest of their lives. This book has he
L.V. Sage
Just finished this book a few days ago. It focused on the boys in Charlie Company, most of whom had gone through basic training together & then went off to Vietnam together as well, which was something of an anomaly. Most boys trained and then were sent off separately to join their respective companies based on assignment and military needs. Needless to say, they formed a tight-knit group and shared everything with one another. As many of them are killed or wounded, their numbers dwindle qui ...more
Chris Steeden
My knowledge of Viet Nam is only through films like Apocalypse Now, Platoon, First Blood etc so was great to get some real insight into the draftees that went out to fight for their country. Ordinary boys dumped into an extraordinary situation. Fighting as an infantry against guerrillas is a no-win situation. Look at the Taliban in Afghanistan. Is the farmer a Taliban look-out? Is that person smiling at you from the hooch a VC that was shooting your mates two weeks ago. The book also goes into P ...more
Chuck Thomas
The Boys of '67 is a very good book recounting Charlie Co.'s 4th Battalion/47th Infantry/9th Infantry Division and its tour in Vietnam during 1967. Not just a story about the deadly battles that this unit fought in, the book also goes into detail about the makeup of Charlie Co. in 1966-67 (10% of the draftees were from the Cleveland, OH area), as well as the basic training that they endured together in Fort Riley, KS. This unit was a "Band of Brothers" in the truest sense of the phrase, drafted, ...more
Morgan Barnes
This book provides a very good narrative of the effects of war on first-time combatants. While there are many lives and battles covered in the pages of this book, it ultimately provides a realistic view of the long term affects of PTSD. It also helps show how the support of family, friends, and our nation can help our veterans come back and live something closer to a "normal" life. I enjoyed this book and plan to share it with other veterans.
Roger Neilson
A staggeringly comprehensive review of the experience of Vietnam for one unit. The scenes in Vietnam are incredibly graphic and extremely unpleasant - as was the reality. Importantly the writer tracks the characters post war and demonstrates that the casualty figures in terms of wrecked lives go on and on.....

A period in American history that really was far too easily brushed under the carpet and lessons were not learned.
Andrew E Perkins
A heart wrenching historical account a of a year in Vietnam and the warriors lives afterward

Told through the eyes and written accounts of the brave men that fought in Vietnam and their family members at times I laughed aloud and often wept uncontrollably. A particularly dark time in the history of American public attitudes towards our servicemen that we should never forget and never repeat.
Kalub D Duggins
Great read, makes you a part of Charlie Company.

Great read, makes you a part of Charlie Company.

Having served in Vietnam, this book brings to life what that war was like and how it impacted the soldiers, families, and the attitude that this country took towards soldiers who served in Vietnam. One of the best books on Vietnam I have read.
This documentary is quite emotionally moving, as the author from the perspective of the background and experiences of soldiers of Charley Company (Ninth Infantry) lets us know how war truly is hell. America refused to learn from the experiences of the French, who were driven from Vietnam by a largely guerilla force of nationalist insurgents. The book is disturbing, but excellent, and it needs to be read by those old men who consistently send young men to war. Rating: ...more
Chris Gillies
This book has the dubious honour of being only the second book I've never finished. Initially this book was very hard to get into. Names of people are rattled off at will, scenes are set for a number of individuals (who are already mentioned in the very first chapter and who you may already know are alive, dead or injured) and their backgrounds, and I found very little of that interesting or relevant. I'm sure that for the family of Charlie Company soldiers mentioned in the book it will be inter ...more
Clayton Lengel-zigich
I wanted to read this book because it occurred to me that I probably didn't have a very complete picture of Vietnam. When I learned about Vietnam in school it was about the mistakes, regret and a lot of armchair quarterbacking on what we should and should not have done. I specifically picked this book because it told the stories of actual soldiers and their progression from basic training, to combat and into old age. Reading this helped me better understand the phrase "War is Hell" and I found m ...more
Patti Merz
a long read

i enjoy getting to know the characters but not to this level, i appreciate the book was about them and not the war.
Ron Baumert
Great view of some of the 1st soldiers who fought in Vietnam. Non-glorified view of the courageous men and the families that loved loved them.
There are many books regarding Vietnam but this one stands by following Charlie company from civilians, through Vietnam, and back to civilians.
The Boys of '67: Charlie Company's War in Vietnam by Andrew Wiest (Osprey Publishing 2012) (959.70433) is not a new type of account about the typical foot soldier in Vietnam, but it is different. Many of the narratives about the ground war experience of the typical infantryman reveal very little contact with the enemy - and that is where this book is different. Once in country, the unit whose story is told herein (from induction through discharge) is under fire. Their original unit suffered unbe ...more
Richard Taylor
This is an excellent accounting of one company in Vietnam. It provides strong insights and is written well.
Chris Braid
Well written and impeccably researched, The Boys of '67 is a scorching depiction of the infantry war in Vietnam put together from interviews with the officers and men who fought it. From being drafted all the way through to being discharged at the end of their call up this superb book relates the harrowing, emotional and unforgettable story of the 9th Infantry Division's time in country.
Wiest does a good job of in-depth reporting, following a dozen or so guys from around the country who were drafted into the Army in 1966, trained as a unit and went to Vietnam together as part of the re-formed 9th Infantry Division. It often is not a pretty picture as the men of this company wound up taking heavy casualties during the year they were in Vietnam, and many suffered emotionally for decades after coming home.
A very personal look at the lives of men who served a one year tour in the same company. It describes in detail the injuries each suffered in combat and after their return to civilian life. War from the up close and personal perspective.
Hurra! A recently-printed military history book with adequate maps!! Finally!

Also: this was a good survey of a relatively unique unit, unlike most individually-rotated service members in the Vietnam War.

It was heavy and heartbreaking, and a very good book. Hug a veteran.
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