The Best Books About Long Range Reconnaissance Patrols And Rangers In The Vietnam War

By Michael Lee Lanning

The Books I Picked & Why

Tiger the LURP Dog

By Kenn Miller

Tiger the LURP Dog

Why this book?

By far the best novel on LRRPs in Vietnam, and perhaps the best fiction to come out of the war. Highly decorated Miller extended his tour three times with F Company 58th Infantry (LRP) and L Company Rangers in order to “out guerrilla the guerilla.” Book awarded the Bernal Diaz Prize for military fiction.


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LRRP Company Command: The Cav's LRP/Rangers in Vietnam, 1968-1969

By Kregg P. Jorgenson

LRRP Company Command: The Cav's LRP/Rangers in Vietnam, 1968-1969

Why this book?

How an LRP company commander (1st Cavalry Division) produced one of the most outstanding reconnaissance units of the Vietnam War. Captain George Paccerelli was tough on his men but their Area of Operations composed of triple canopy jungle along the Cambodian border defended by four enemy divisions called for only the best. The book contains nearly unbelievable accounts of reconnaissance, ambushes, and running firefights.


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Death in the A Shau Valley: L Company LRRPs in Vietnam, 1969-70

By Larry Chambers

Death in the A Shau Valley: L Company LRRPs in Vietnam, 1969-70

Why this book?

An excellent first-person account of being an LRRP in a unit that acted as the eyes and ears of the 101st Airborne Division. Most of his patrols were in the NVA ruled A Shau Valley. Usually outgunned, outmanned, and unsupported, Chambers and his LRRP team performed hundreds of courageous missions. This is a “boots on the ground” story by a real warrior.


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Charlie Mike

By Leonard B. Scott

Charlie Mike

Why this book?

A novel about LRRPs by an officer who served in a Ranger unit in Vietnam. Rivals Tiger the LURP Dog as best fiction to come out of the war. Often difficult to determine the line between fiction and real actions. Scott knows about what he writes from on-the-ground experience. The Washington Post declared Charlie Mike to be “one of the finest novels yet written about the war in Vietnam.”


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Rangers at War: LRRPs in Vietnam

By Shelby L. Stanton

Rangers at War: LRRPs in Vietnam

Why this book?

Stanton, one of the earliest and most prolific writers on the Vietnam War, details LRRP/Ranger operations primarily through unit Quarterly After Action Reports from the National Archives. Although mostly numbers and places with few actual combat stories, the book nonetheless offers an accurate assessment of the actions of LRRPs/Rangers in the war.


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