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Gone Native: An NCO's Story
by Alan Cornett
On his first combat assignment, Cornett accompanied the Vietnamese Rangers on a search-and-destroy mission near Khe Sang. There he gained entree into a culture that he would ultimately respect greatly and admire deeply. Cornett's most challenging military duty began when he joined the Phoenix Program. As part of AK squad, he dressed in enemy uniform and roamed the deadly C ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by Ballantine Books
(first published June 6th 2000)
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Cornett's credentials are beyond reproach. He's been there and done just about everything the Army has to offer. This is a well written and very personal story of his journey through more than six years of combat in the jungles of southeast Asia. It is an amazing story. The author shares a lot of personal information that often would make a retired senior NCO uncomfortable, but he delivers it with the same candor as he does the combat stories. He saw parts of the war that few other men saw and l ...more
Amazing tale! So many things that most people probably never knew or realized about Vietnam and how things went over there, both for the Americans and the native people. Well worth the read! Highly recommend this to any avid reader.
Brought back some interesting memories since my aviation unit (174th AHC) supported his LLRP unit in Duc Pho during the author's tour described in the book. Probably dropped him off and picked him up on several of his missions. Overall, a good account of what it was like to conduct long range patrols, and serve in an adviser capacity during the war.
Excellent story. Should have been ghost written by someone other than the author. Alan's story is amazing, heartbreaking and breathtaking at times, however someone with more writing skill should have been given the pen here.