A Patch of Ground: Khe Sanh Remembered

A Patch of Ground Khe Sanh Remembered A poignant often humorous recollection of the siege of Khe Sanh a pivotal turning point in the American war in Vietnam Under constant bombardment from the enemy Mike Archer and his cadre of fellow

  • Title: A Patch of Ground: Khe Sanh Remembered
  • Author: Michael Archer
  • ISBN: 9781555716431
  • Page: 369
  • Format: Paperback
  • A poignant, often humorous, recollection of the siege of Khe Sanh a pivotal turning point in the American war in Vietnam Under constant bombardment from the enemy, Mike Archer and his cadre of fellow nineteen year old Marines Orr, Pig, Old Woman and Savage, just to name a few managed to survive and, in the process, learn about manhood, sacrifice and the darkest recesseA poignant, often humorous, recollection of the siege of Khe Sanh a pivotal turning point in the American war in Vietnam Under constant bombardment from the enemy, Mike Archer and his cadre of fellow nineteen year old Marines Orr, Pig, Old Woman and Savage, just to name a few managed to survive and, in the process, learn about manhood, sacrifice and the darkest recesses of fear and lonliness Includes numerous photos, maps and provides a detailed history of the battle for Khe Sanh.

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    1. When I was younger my Dad told me stories here and there about his experiences in Vietnam but it took time and maturity to realize exactly what he and others like him went through in Vietnam. Fortunately, more veterans are talking about their experiences so that future generations can know their story. Mr. Archer's book is one of many that are being written to make sure that the generations to come will not forget the sacrifices and difficulties faced by this generation of soldiers. Mr. Archer's [...]

    2. This is perhaps the best military history documentary book I have ever read. It's the best book on the Vietnam War I have ever read. If you lived that era, as I did, and want to know the war from the perspective of one Marine and are not too caught up in your own perspective of the war I have two words for you - READ IT!As I read the book the voice in my head was the voice of my old buddy Mike who I knew in the 1980s.Mike joined the Navy in the 60's to try to stay out of Vietnam. He figured bein [...]

    3. This is a firsthand account of a siege of Marines at Khe Sanh during the Vietnam War.The author talks a little about his life before he joined the Marines, when he was a regular teen, uncertain of his future and uncertain of what he wanted from life. Then we go through basic training and shipment to Vietnam with him. Finally we get to the siege of Khe Sanh, where the young soldiers lived underground for weeks as they fought off the enemy.Not sugarcoated or overtly philosophical, but simply told [...]

    4. I was interested in this because my dad was stationed near Khe Sanh at about this time. I clearly did not read the blub about the book before I bought it. I was wanting more of a history book or military study. This was a memoir. It is going to sound way more disparaging than I mean it to when I say that it reads a bit as self-published. It's not bad, at all. It's a little navel-gazey. But it is important to get these histories down while the participants are alive, so this is a good thing in th [...]

    5. This is a well written, very personal memoir of being at Khe Sanh during the siege of 1968. It is a great complement to more academic histories of the war. The more you know about the battle the easier it is to follow Archer's narrative. The beauty of the book rests in his personal, first hand remembrances, his honesty and his lack of agenda. He is sharing his story with us, nothing more. This is what makes it so valuable.

    6. This book is probably more like 3.5 stars. It was pretty good but not fantastic. It's the story of Michael Archer's experiences surviving the siege of Khe Sanh basically as his introduction to service in Vietnam. He does a nice job telling the story and shares some interesting opinions on the war from an insider perspective. If you are interested in the subject matter I think you will probably like it.

    7. A private reminiscence of Khe SanhEasy read on early part of Vietnam where the Americans tried the same strategy as the French. As a signaler at Khe Sanh gives a good account of the artillery tactics used to defend base from attack. Also provides his experience of being under artillery fire.

    8. the Vietnam war obviously is the setting for this book, but it is more of a diary of how an average American boy experiences all the nasty elements of war and comes home a changed man. What he comes home to is a sad testimony, as these boys were just playing their roles and hoping to survive, and this book strongly gets that point across.

    9. A very well written book. It really gives you insight into what war is like for the simple soldier on the ground. Also, it is well written - there is very good organization of the materials in a very readable manner.

    10. Archer does a fine job bringing his squad mates to life and putting us there with them during the interminable seige. A wonderful glance at daily life amidst bombings and attacks for the group of soldiers who held Khe Sanh against a far greater (numbers wise) enemy.

    11. Since I have family representation in this bookI am emotionally tied to this book. Archer is just as "off color" humorous in person. Good description of what actually happened.

    12. This was an intimate and engaging memoir of Viet Nam. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to feel what it was really like.

    13. I found this book interesting but difficult to read. What an experience this young man had, and his story is only one of thousands. War is a horrible thing.

    14. Khe Sanh is one of the greatest stories in USMC history; unfortunately this book does not capture it ; more a collection of anecdotes

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