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We Few: U.S. Special Forces in Vietnam

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  333 ratings  ·  26 reviews
On his second tour to Vietnam, Nick Brokhausen served in Recon Team Habu, CCN. This unit was part of MACV-SOG (Military Assistance Command Vietnam Studies and Observations Group), or Studies and Observations Group as it was innocuously called. The small recon companies that were the center of its activities conducted some of the most dangerous missions of the war, ...more
Hardcover, First Edition (U.S.), 360 pages
Published April 2nd 2018 by Casemate Publishers (first published 2005)
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Jim Morris
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As Kenn Miller, author of Tiger the Lurp Dog has observed, the US Special Forces have contributed more good books to the military canon than any other unit. This is the cherry on that particular Sundae.
For its unparalleled mordant GI humor We Few could aptly be subtitled The Angel of Death's Comedy Special. This is especially true on stand downs between missions. On missions these guys have the focused intensity of Swiss watchmakers. But in garrison all that goes out the window and they conduct
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Donna
Just finished reading “THE FEW: U.S. SPECIAL FORCES IN VIETNAM” by NICK BROKHAUSEN. I read this book while listening to the audible version narrated by GEORGE SPELVIN. A Green Beret’s gripping memoir of American Special Forces in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. In 1970, on his second tour to Vietnam, Nick Brokhausen served in Recon Team Habu, CCN. Officially, it was known as the Studies and Observations group. In fact, this Special Forces squad, which Brokhausen calls “an unwashed, ...more
Richard Croner
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the personification of the definition of courage. The ability to overcome fear to do your job. In this book the job is to kill or be killed. The military forces of the United States and in particular Special Forces accept that mission. The author stated 'We survived the war on pure aggression and murderous efficiency'. The epitome of accepting the required mission. As a former 'REMF' officer and proud graduate of Artillery O.C.S. I have spent a lot of time thinking about ...more
Donna
Just finished reading “THE FEW: U.S. SPECIAL FORCES IN VIETNAM” by NICK BROKHAUSEN. I read this book while listening to the audible version narrated by GEORGE SPELVIN. A Green Beret’s gripping memoir of American Special Forces in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. In 1970, on his second tour to Vietnam, Nick Brokhausen served in Recon Team Habu, CCN. Officially, it was known as the Studies and Observations group. In fact, this Special Forces squad, which Brokhausen calls “an unwashed, ...more
David Ward
We Few: U.S. Special Forces in Vietnam by Nick Brokhausen (Casemate Publishers 2018) (959.7043).

This is an excellent memoir which provides a behind-the-scenes look at the day-to-day operations of U.S. Special Forces soldiers on the ground in Vietnam. These guys are known coloquially as “snake eaters” by their brothers and sisters in arms and are considered to be the rawest of the raw. What's more, these guys relish the notoriety that comes with their well-deserved reputation as hunter-killers.

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Vetri
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I had to say i have read a few books on military memoirs and this has to be one of the best book so far I have read, the book ends very suddenly and it's not made clear how the war ended for him. This guy is also pretty funny which is rare. I just wish I would have known him personally . Those stories on he and his naugs fighting those monkeys I am pretty sure no one will ever forget. Even though I am familiar with MACV-SOG (military assistance command Vietnam - studies and observations ...more
Douglas Brown
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Solid depiction of hard-bitten recon raiders

I wasn't there so I don't know how much of this is true, borrowed or made up. It does square with what I know went on in ordinary patrolling units in less wierd situations. Brokhausen brings an interesting blend of erudition and physical thuggery to the tale. Plenty of language and graphic violence both on patrol and in the rear, no sex scenes. So enjoy.
Damien
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not just another memoir

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author wrote as someone who has been there, done that, and want publishing to further his political career or impress someone. The bill touched me deeply and was a rare inside look at what I suspect was the actual war for many of our soldiers.
Chuck
Oct 16, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Could not even get past 7% of this book

I don't get all the 4 & 5 stars for this book. I've read over 100 books on the Vietnam War. This was boring from the first page. The authors dry humor wears out very quickly. I guess he thinks he's a comedian? Might be ok for some. But not for me. Glad I didn't pay anything for it.
Phil Polich
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is great.

The author is an experienced special opps soldier from the Nam era. The author applies a good degree of cynicism in his descriptions of dangerous missions performed by his Recon team in Nam. Even though he was describing actual war missions that were very difficult dangerous and deadly, I was often laughing out loud.I hope this guy has written other books.
Scott Meyerson
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding

I have read several books on SOG and this one is very well written The author does an excellent job in bringing the reader into what the people where like he served with and what it was like to be in SOG. A very unique group of men
george ingols
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Refreshingly candid and authentic

Reading this book evoked pleasant memories of my four years in SEA during the war. There was plenty of realism mixed with a wealth of humorous episodes that are a big part on every young military mans
Iife. You will enjoy this book a lot
Timothy Turner
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Duties in special forces

The book was well written and provided some of the things that went on in a black ops group. It even had a lot of humor in it. The sad part was how it ended. That was the way The Vietnam war was though. I highly recommend reading this book.
Larry
Dec 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
I don't get all of the great ratings. This book has about 15% courageous war stories and the rest is "funny" stories of what they did for leisure. If that is what I wanted, I would have just watched more episodes of MASH (different war but same gist).
Christian M Walters Lancaster
Probably the best Vietnam memoir I’ve read

Out of dozens of dozens this book rises above all others. The authors absolute authenticity and incredible experience is complemented by a sharp wit (and blistering sense of mayhem/humor that I appreciate as a retired paramedic) His deep love and respect for the little people and the love he has for his teammates is obvious, the storytelling is tight and it’s all incredibly real. I look forward to the second book eagerly. Thank you Nick for your service
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Michael Papier
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent, thrilling and humorous all at the same time!!!
Anthony Sellitto
Absolutely Fantastic

This is one of the best books I have ever read. Funny and we'll written, it is impossible to put down. Thank you Nick for your service!
Reg Baker
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read. Brought back many memories, some good and some not so good. Accurate and real with no pulled punches. Not politically correct like some snowflake novels. Just the raw ruth.
Deedee Seals
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good read

Gives the reader a great sense of what the SOG soldiers had to call normal in a world of chaos
Suzanne Howell
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read.

Great read. Good story. Nick is a great at capturing the. Time and place. Shows the camaraderie of soldiers at war.
Larry Kloepping
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Insightful

I throughly enjoyed this book and writing style. It really made me think about the men that are in the center of any military conflict
Sean Collins
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I have ever read. Just read it!!!!
Jon Koebrick
A nearly 4 star book as a first person narrative of the special forces work in the Vietnam War. Told with humor and intelligence.
Susan
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
CCN Recon, pure and simple. An excellent portrayal

Immersed in this story & having served with the 5th at CCN & NKP in '68-'69, I am once again there. Nick has described in fine detail the character, the camaraderie, the brotherhood, the mood, the antics, the smells, the visuals, the professionalism,and what only having been there can one attest to.
Thank you Nick.
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Special Forces veteran Nick Brokhausen joined the SOG on his second tour in Vietnam, and took part in some of the most dangerous missions of the war, deep in enemy territory. After Vietnam, Nick Brokhausen has led an interesting life, which has included work in security projects in a number of countries. He now runs a tech company and an armoring company.
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