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American Warrior: A Combat Memoir of Vietnam

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Brigadier General John C. "Doc" Bahnsen, Jr. One of America's most decorated soldiers in the Vietnam War. The ultimate warrior who engaged the enemy from nearly every type of aircraft and armored vehicle in the Army's inventory. An expert strategist who developed military tactics later adopted as doctrine. A revered leader ready to plunge into the thick of battle with his ...more
Hardcover, 492 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Citadel (first published 2007)
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Vertrees
Mar 01, 2013 Vertrees rated it it was amazing
Interesting book in a lot of ways. My dad gave me this book, signed by Doc Bahnsen. He said it was the best, most accurate book about what Vietnam was like. The way the book is written is interesting, with multiple perspectives. I would not have thought it would have read so well, but I can't imagine it any other way now that I finished it. I can't say that I would want him for a husband (he confesses to living with a Vietnamese women and fathering a son and volunteering for long missions withou ...more
Relstuart
Mar 01, 2014 Relstuart rated it liked it
This is a faux autobiography in that it contains a great deal of the first person narrative from John "Doc" Bahnson Jr,. But, his friend who helped him write the book supplements the book with first hand narrative from other soldiers who experienced the same situations. This actually works pretty well and gives a multifaceted explanation of several events so get get a broader understanding of some of the stories.

Overall pretty interesting reading about how helicopters worked with ground forces
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Craig
Jul 12, 2008 Craig rated it liked it
This book was recommended by Phillip Jennings. I've read dozens of war memoirs and this one is quite unlike any I've read. For example, he opens the book with the tale of how he flew his girlfriend, a civilian, into combat in the jumpseat of a Huey. Well, I mean to say! The bally ballyness of it! As Bertram Wilberforce Wooster might say. And although he very nearly got her killed, she didn't hold it against him, apparently, since she married him later. Not finished with it yet, but so far I'd ha ...more
Kevin Byrne
Apr 16, 2016 Kevin Byrne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Years ago, while a cadet at West Point, I first met Doc Bahnsen. Many, many years later, his stories still amaze me. A true American Hero!
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