Dak to: The 173d Airborne Brigade in South Vietnam's Central Highlands, June-November 1967

Edward F. Murphy, Author
Edward F. Murphy, Author Presidio Press $24.95 (355p) ISBN 978-0-89141-429-2
Reviewed on: 10/04/1993
Release date: 10/01/1993
Mass Market Paperbound - 400 pages - 978-0-671-52268-1
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One of the best recent accounts of the ground war in Vietnam, this profiles the 173rd Airborne Brigade, the first Army ground combat sent there. Initially assigned to guard airfields, it was soon launched against two Vietcong strongholds, War Zone D and the Iron Triangle. But the centerpiece of this fast-paced history is the extensive account of the battle for Hill 875, where the brigade went up against the North Vietnamese for the first time. They proved to be a much tougher adversary than the VC. The Hill 875 sequences have an impressive immediacy, with the gore and carnage presented in shockingly sharp focus. According to Murphy ( Vietnam Medal of Honor Heroes ), founder of the Medal of Honor Historical Society, many of the survivors considered the battle for 875 a futile effort. But he points out that in the context of General Westmoreland's strategy of attrition, the dusty hill in the Central Highlands was ``just one more place where the enemy could be killed.'' Photos. (Oct.)
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