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Book Title: Soldier|
The author of the book: Anthony B. Herbert
Edition: Holt, Rinehart and Winston
Date of issue: January 1st 1973
Format files: PDF
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ISBN 13: 9780030914560
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LTC Herbert was a natural leader of men and excellent soldier (most highly decorated soldier of the Korean War and The Real Deal in Viet Nam as well) who was forced out of the Army in a bitter dispute over his allegations that superiors ignored atrocities at a time when the Army brass was trying to put My Lai behind them.
He wrote this book to air his grievances against the Army for forcing him to retire while the Viet Nam War was still going strong, and, I suppose, to cash in on his reputation as a combat hero. The controversy was investigated by 60 Minutes (no friend of the Army in those days), but they ended up attacking Herbert as having gone off the deep end.
A retired Special Forces colonel who knew him personally, and whom I respect very much, described him thus: "Tony Herbert did not embody the virtues of the American officer. He was a just a killer." He thought many of Herbert's actions were driven by what was best for Tony Herbert and not whatever command he was under or the Army. He doubted Herbert's side of the story and suspected he exaggerated the incidents to smear officers he disliked. Others who served with Herbert disagreed, noting that he was a hardass commander who got combat results, and that his accounts ring true.
Regardless, his descriptions of Army life in the 50's and 60's and combat in Korea and Viet Nam are compelling, and historians of this period should read this book. It made a big impression on me as I read it in my final year of R.O.T.C. before beginning my Army career. Coincidentally, I later served as a platoon leader in the battalion (2/503 Infantry) that Herbert had commanded 15 years earlier.
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