Why did I love this book?
This was written by my late friend, Joe Galloway, and tells the true story of the first major encounter between elements of the regular armies of North Vietnam and the United States. It is full of heroic acts, the tragedy of the deaths of many fine men, and a satisfactory, if unsettling, conclusion. But for the grace of God, I would likely have been one of the men who died in those battles: A few months earlier, I had reenlisted as an Infantry private (after a break of three years from my previous three years in the peacetime infantry, half of which I served as a sergeant) and was assigned to one of the companies that were all but massacred at Landing Zone Albany. Two months before they departed for Vietnam, I was pulled out of my company to become a combat photographer for the First Cavalry Division (Airmobile) Public Information Office. So this book is very personal to me.