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First Battle

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  43 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
On August 18, 1965, regiment fought regiment on the Van Tuong Peninsula near the new Marine base at Chu Lai. Codenamed Operation Starlight, this action was a resounding success for the Marines and its result was cause for great optimism about America's future in Vietnam.
ebook, 256 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Casemate Publishers and Book Distributors (first published May 1st 2004)
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Jack Marino III
Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite book's on the Vietnam War, anyone who has an interest or is a veteran of the Vietnam War or any War, or Branch of Service I highly recommend reading the "First Battle" by Otto J. Lehrack a former US Marine Officer and Two Tours in Vietnam really put this book together with Great accuracy and great care in detail, it's a Must read, for Vietnam War Buff's.
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Fredrick Danysh
The author spends the first part of The First Battle pointing the political finger of responsibility for America's involvement in the undeclared Vietnam War. Once past that, he gives a good description of the first American offensive ground action which was a US Marine operation. He dissects operation Starlite.
Brian Reagan
Overall a decent account of the beginning of Marine Corps action in Vietnam during Operation Starlite. Lehrack has an excellent style as a researcher that brings the account to life. However, his editor was careless and missed obvious errors and duplications throughout the text.
Chad Payne
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very informative!
J Scott Shipman
Aug 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent; review forthcoming.

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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. 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 journalism award from the same organization. He has an MA in history fr ...more
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