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

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‘compelling… a fine blend of military and social history, sympathetic, well-written but analytically rigorous’
(Professor Gary Sheffield, BBC History Magazine Best Books of the Year 2012)

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 m...more
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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
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
Dave Moore
Jun 05, 2014 Dave Moore rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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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...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
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.
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
David Ward
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.

This book is well told, with the primary source being interviews with the people involved. A lot of details about the Mobile Riverine Force - which I had not read about before.
They got their draft notices in the fall of 66, I joined USAF in Spring of 66. I could have been anyone of these "boys."
It made you feel as if you were actually in Vietnam during the war.
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