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Legend: The Incredible Story of Green Beret Sergeant Roy Benavidez's Heroic Mission to Rescue a Special Forces Team Caught Behind Enemy Lines

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The unforgettable account and courageous actions of the U.S. Army’s 240th Assault Helicopter Company and Green Beret staff sergeant Roy Benavidez, who risked everything to rescue a Special Forces team trapped behind enemy lines

In Legend, acclaimed bestselling author Eric Blehm takes as his canvas the Vietnam War, as seen through a single mission that occurred on May 2, 1968.
Hardcover, First Edition (U.S.), 304 pages
Published April 28th 2015 by Crown Publishers/Crown Publishing Group/Penguin Random House LLC (first published April 2015)
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 Charlie - A Reading Machine
This is the incredible and heroic story of Roy Benevidez and ultimately the service he and his fellow soldiers, gave to their country during the Vietnam War. During an engagement on the wrong side of the Cambodian border Roy volunteers, on instinct, to go into a no win situation and do what ever he can. “If someone needs help, you help them”, was something his Uncle taught him and that he always followed, and in this case it results in some f the most courageous and selfless actions one could ev ...more
Patrick Belair
I received this book as a Goodreads First reads give away,I was intrigued by the story of Sergeant Roy Benavidez.Roy cane from humble beginnings and wanted to be a soldier,After reaching his goal he was quick tempered as he was as a adolescent,Got in to some trouble and survived it,He took as his personal motto the U.S.M.A.Motto Duty,Honor,Country!
He survived Airborne training and gained the coveted Green Beret.After being severely wounded on his first tour in Vietnam he eventually returne
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
“If someone needs help, you help them.” This life motto motivated an unarmed Sgt. Roy Benavidez to hop into a refueled and rearmed helicopter and jump into a seemingly hopeless firefight. With only his knife and a medic’s bag, he literally did jump from the helicopter to assist and encourage the surviving members of a 12-man insertion team working covertly on the wrong side of the Vietnam-Cambodia border. The rest of the story must be read in Eric Blehm’s well-researched and respectfully written ...more
Diane Yannick
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Roy Benavidez most certainly deserved the Congressional Medal of Honor. He also deserved to have an author like Eric Blehm write this book. This author meticulously researches his topics and presents his stories with accuracy and compassion. He let us get to know Roy as a son, husband, father and green beret.

Roy's philosophy in life was as simple as, "When someone needs help you help them." His service to our country was rooted in his dedication to his fellow comrades. His humility, determinati
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015

Legend, an incredible story about war and the courage of Roy Benavidez. [4.5/5 stars]

'The antidote for fifty enemies is one friend - Aristotle'

When Benavidez thinks he has nowhere to go, his parents both gone, he goes to live with the Benavidez-family. His uncle teaches him (and the reader) some very valuable life-lessons, such as: 'If someone needs help, you help them.' or 'No matter what you do, always try to be the very best.' Roy Benavidez quits school and de
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
OK -- if there was ever a person who deserved the Congressional Medal of Honor, it would be Roy Benavides. What makes this story so compelling is that it unfolds over several hours, involves dozens of soldiers on both the ground and in helicopters and as such, the reader is drawn into turning the page to see what happens and who survives and who does not. The maps are superb.

Once the action starts in Cambodia ca. 1968, the pace does not let up. I stayed up past my bed time. The autho
P.e. lolo
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: true-military
This story is about Staff Sgt. Roy Benavidez a Green Beret who risked his own life to rescue another team that was pinned downed in Cambodia. This was time during the Vietnam War that our leaders wanted to stop the supplies that were coming in from Cambodia, during the Johnson administration. Lack of communication was just one of the problems that day. This book begins with his early life losing both parents and being taken in by and Aunt and Uncle, along with their grandfather. The grandfather ...more
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: war, history, nonfiction
Author Eric Blehm's specialty seems to be writing about extraordinary men thrust into harrowing battle situations and performing almost unbelievable feats of heroism. And he writes these gripping stories extraordinarily well and in exacting detail. If you enjoy reading about how men perform in the confusion, noise, and life or death of combat, I highly recommend this book. This is the second of Blehm's books I have read, having devoured 'Fearless' a couple of years ago and enjoying that one as w ...more
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding. Although a Vietnam veteran and an avid reader of military history, I have shied away from books about Vietnam until somewhat recently. But it is reading about the personal battles, many of which took place after the return home, I feel I can finally admit publicly that I am proud of my military service and proud of my service in Vietnam. For many years that was not possible.

This is true story about one battle of one courageous Green Baret sergeant that ran to the guns when he didn'
Lenny Grosso
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Big fan of Eric Blehm. Great book!
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very Good story

Can't get much better than a true story of a Congressional Medal of Honor winner. It is a great piece of writing.
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In 1945, Roy Benavidez witnessed the news reports that declared the Second World War had ended in an Allied victory. Roy was just a young boy at the time and this was where his story began. Legend by Eric Blehm is a military nonfiction genre. The storyline follows Roy Benavidez from his early life, to his military career, that lead him to earning the Medal of Honor.

Roy came from a well known Hispanic family in the Lindenau area of Texas. At a very young age he enjoyed going to see fi
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: war, biography
Fast paced, detailed story of the quest for a Vietnam hero to receive a Congressional Medal of Honor. Well written military history that does not dissolve into formal stylism too often associated with this type of writing.

The biographical elements are richly told.

A good read for history buffs and another revealing work about what the USA was doing in SE Asia.
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Legend The Incredible Story of Green Beret Sergeant Roy Benavidez's Heroic Mission to Rescue a Special Forces Team Caught Behind Enemy Lines by Eric Blehm Eric Blehm

Insightful, accurate and should be convicting to some of the politicans and military leaders during that time. In this story Blehm puts his finger on why the Viet Nam Conflict was all wrong from the getgo.

Military leader's egos, political agendas, and failed reasoning all paid for by the blood of the common soldier in VN. The team of soldiers in the historical fact never had a chance, to begin with. By sheer love and devotion to one another and the mindset to never give up the fight, some r
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a great nonfiction book; why'd I only give it three stars?
Well, you have to be in the mood to read nonfiction. And even though this is a true story, as told by one person, a combination of their research, that is talking to other people combined with government documents to make sure there really was such a person, etc. It is the same story you have read before, about any person who is an insanely brave soldier. But after reading Wikipedia, I just upgraded it to 4 stars.
I pr
Kate August
Feb 09, 2015 rated it liked it
"LEGEND," the story of Green Beret Staff Sergeant Roy Benavidez, is a story that needed to be told. Roy Benavidez is an American Hero, who we should honor for his selfless service, and sacrifice to this country. None of my review reflects on this inspiring, and courageous man, who I was honored to read about.
"LEGEND," never gets it feet underneath it. The book is bogged down in minutiae instead of story, and it lays flat on the page, never making a connection to the reader. Whereas "FEARLE
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
This rating has nothing to do with the story itself. MSG Benavidez is truly a legend and deserves our highest praise and to live on in our memories. However, this book is not particularly well written.
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
Holy cow, it is absolutely amazing to read about the heroics of our soldiers. Awesome!
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it

What an incredible story and incredible man. It read like a movie and I'm sort of wondering if there is one because it's that good. Benavidez truly was a legend. I am in absolute awe of his bravery and selflessness.

As always, I can't help but feel so much sorrow for the lives cut short or severely altered by this war. I hate hearing about the treatment the soldiers encountered upon their return home, and am so grateful we have learned not to take our political frustrations o
Samuel Rengert
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
There are many heartbreaking and action-packed events in the book Legend by Eric Blehm. This book’s genre is military nonfiction. Legend takes place in Cambodia in 1968. The setting goes from the United States bases to the jungles of Cambodia. Legend follows the soldiers and all the events that happened to them as they went through Cambodia. I enjoyed reading this book. It was very informative, interesting, and suspenseful and a topic I read about often.
There were multiple characters in th
John E. Donovan
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Duty, honor, country... one man's credo, lived to the nth degree!

Author Eric Blehm has done it, again, delivering up a book depicting the incredible story of Green Beret Sergeant Roy Benavidez's heroics during one battle of the U.S.'s war in Vietnam.

Against numerically-superior enemy forces, Sergeant Benavidez is helecoptered into a battle that is all but lost, rallying the handful of survivors (many of whom are severely wounded) into continuing to defend the small piece of ground
Kelly Snyder
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Legend by Eric Blehm is an in depth look at a secret operation during the Vietnam War gone terribly wrong in the wrong place at the wrong time and the people involved in it. While the touts a story about Green Beret Sergeant Roy Benavidez, it is really about all of the men who went in on this special forces mission.
While I will not give the story line away I will say this was an eye-opening experience as I read the details that laid dormant for thirty years before it was allowed to be told
Benjamin Ferrante
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one impressive human being. Legend is a depressing and emotional snapshot of war. It is also a snapshot of the overall lack of respect for the men that fought in Vietnam. Mostly, Legend tries to help right a wrong regarding an American hero. This was not the first book I have read about Vietnam. But this is the first time I have heard of Staff Sergeant Roy Benavidez. This man is a great example of how a person can rise above their environment to pursue self-mastery and reach a sense of s ...more
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Incredible story of SSGT Benavidez and his remarkable actions during a single rescue operation in Cambodia during the Vietnam War. The first part of the book described Benavidez's upbringing with his uncle's family after the death of his mother and his enlistment. The latter half of the book describes in dramatic detail his selfless actions even after suffering multiple wounds during the rescue of a SOG team behind enemy lines. It then finishes with the pursuit of the Medal of Honor by others on ...more
Jon Vetter
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story of Roy Benavidez. The progression of Roy Benavidez's life is structured at a steady pace. The author did an amazing job capturing all of Roy's accomplishments such as him overcoming his paralysis. He really captured the element of his heroism and desires to be a soldier like he has always wanted. The sense of motivation created by this story really hits the reader deep. The way the story was told really drew me in as well. I found myself on several occasions unable to ...more
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An Indomitable Spirit
Legend is a compelling, appealing story about a true American hero, Sgt. Roy Benavidez, Sgt. Benavidez merits our appreciation and respect on every level.
In a time in our national politics when the contributions to our country by people of Hispanic origin are depreciated at the highest level in the land, we are reminded of the story of Sgt. Benavidez. His indomitable spirit, sacrifice, and devotion to duty made a difference for the men that he saved from his t
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! This is an incredible story of Green Beret Roy Benavidez and his rescue of a special forces team that was cut off in Cambodia during the Vietnam War. The book also told the story of how other soldiers and citizens worked to get Benavidez's medals and recognition upgraded to the Congressional Medal of Honor. Of course it's likely that politics were to blame for the Medal of Honor not being received in the first place, but better late than never. Read the story and you'll agree that it was we ...more
Gary Detrick
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. Well researched along with actual encounters with the survivors from this tragic mission. What causes us to rise above what we make think is humanly possible? Our belief in God? A natural human instinct to help another, not even thinking about your own life at that given time? The courage, sacrifice and ability to coordinate surrounding events is exactly what this Green Beret did to save his "brothers". An amazing story with a well deserved ending.
"Greater love hath no man
John Walsh
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Bob Hope, who visited our men there as he had in two previous wars, said of them, "The number of our GI's who devote their free time, energy, and money to aid the Vietnamese would surprise you." And then he added, "But maybe it wouldn't. I guess you know what kind of guys your sons and brothers and the kids next door are." Well, yes, we do know. I think we just let it slip our minds for a time. It's time to show our pride in them and to thank them.” - Ronald Reagan’s speech for the MOH citation
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I wish that my 18 year-old self had been able to read this so that when Roy P. Benavidez spoke at West Point in October 1981, I had been able to truly appreciate what he had done to win the Medal of Honor.
Eric Blehm presented this story is an incredibly readable way so that when you finished the story you were amazed that anyone survived and mourned for people you would never get the chance to meet.
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