Vietnam, 1969-1970: A Company Commander�s Journal
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Vietnam, 1969-1970: A Company Commander�s Journal (Texas A & M University Military History Series )

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Lieutenant Michael Lee Lanning went to Vietnam as an eager young patriot who was confident of surviving the war. After six months in-country, he was promoted at age 23 to company commander, and his sense of duty began to shift from his nation to preserving the lives of the men in Bravo Company.

Lanning and his men faced an enemy who was patient, elusive, and firm in the be...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 23rd 2007 by Texas A&M University Press (first published January 12th 1988)
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It took me nineteen years to get hold of a copy of this book (for some reason, it is much more difficult to find than one would expect), but it turned out to be well worth the wait. I still remember 'The Only War We Had' quite well, and it was fascinating to see how the author's outlook had changed during the course of his tour. Also, of course, given Mr. Lanning's well-deserved excellent reputation as a writer of Military History (I own and have read several of his books), and as an acknowledg...more
This book should be required reading for all officer training. The day to day entries give a mixed bag of events that leaders will struggle with. Options of reassignment, replacement etc. should be broached before officer´s reach command level. Accidental shootings by untrained troops, sleep deprivation, mud, diease, heat, rain, friendly fire air accidents, disobeying of orders, and more goes up against the front line brotherhood and satisfaction of a job well done by mostly 18 to 23 year old so...more
Written years after the end of the Vietnam war, Lanning used notes from the "daily journal" he kept of his experiences as platoon leader of the Recon Platoon and, later, as a young, green infantry Company Commander. His journal spoke to his sense of duty to both his patriotism and the cause of his country, as well as a deep sense of concern for the welfare of his men. His year in Vietnam reflected days and weeks of tedium and boredom, punctuated by moments of sheer terror. A good, realistic read...more
A continuation of "The only war we had".
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