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Road of 10,000 Pains: The Destruction of the 2nd NVA Division by the U.S. Marines, 1967

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“Oh, yes,” a retired NVA officer matter-of-factly declared to former U.S. Marine Otto J. Lehrack. “In the QueSonValley in 1967, we killed more Americans than at any time or place during the war.” Road of 10,000 Pains, which takes its name from The Iliad, is an epic oral history of Vietnam's bloodiest campaign, fought for seven months in a series of battles, most within fou ...more
Hardcover, 306 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Zenith Press (first published 2010)
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'Aussie Rick'
The book; "Road of 10,000 Pains" by Otto Lehrack, who is a retired Marine and two-tour Vietnam veteran, is an excellent account or rather a well put together book of a number of the Marine's experiences during their battle with the 2nd NVA Division during a series of operations in Que Son Valley. We follow a number of men and Marine units as they battle their way through Operation Union I, Operation Union II, Operation Swift and Operation Essex, from 21st April till 17th November 1967.

I found so
Mr. Lehrack has not so much written this book, but rather he has constructed an extremely well put together account of a seven month period in the year 1967 in and around Que Son Valley, South Vietnam. During this period the Marines actively engaged the thousands of North Vietnamese Army Regulars who were members of the 2nd NVA Division.

In this book Marines and Navy personnel recount their individual experiences of these events as they occurred, in detail...and often in heart breaking detail.

Wasn't a fan initially of the author's approach to telling the story with snippets by multiple participants, but the individual stories are compelling and the approach grew on me. I wish there were better maps of the engagements as they are described. This is a homage to the Vietnam Veteran. Lots of great personal pictures provided by the participants as well. One can not but be moved by the selflessness of these Marines who fought fiercely. The NVA were also formidable soldiers.

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Ryan Kreuder
My father and his best friend were interviewed by the author and contributed to this book. It was amazing to read about the operations my father participated in, an the sacrifice he and his brothers made.
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Otto Lehrack is a retired Marine infantry officer, two-tour Vietnam veteran, former CEO of a small Silicon Valley computer company, blue-water sailor, and author of five books. Three of his books have been Military Book Club Main Selections. He has received an award from the US Marine Corps Heritage Foundation for his first book, No Shining Armor: the Marines at War in Vietnam (1992), and a journa ...more
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