A Hundred Miles of Bad Road An Armored Cavalryman in Vietnam Dwight Birdwell s coming of age took place as it did for many young men of the sixties in Vietnam There he fought the war from the command cupola of an M Patton tank an experience far removed fro

  • Title: A Hundred Miles of Bad Road: An Armored Cavalryman in Vietnam, 1967-68
  • Author: Dwight Birdwell Keith William Nolan
  • ISBN: 9780891416289
  • Page: 361
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dwight Birdwell s coming of age took place, as it did for many young men of the sixties, in Vietnam There he fought the war from the command cupola of an M48 Patton tank, an experience far removed from the stereotypical grunt in the rice paddies The M48 was fifty two tons of hell on wheels, equipped with a.50 caliber machine gun and a 90mm main gun, and Birdwell s hard Dwight Birdwell s coming of age took place, as it did for many young men of the sixties, in Vietnam There he fought the war from the command cupola of an M48 Patton tank, an experience far removed from the stereotypical grunt in the rice paddies The M48 was fifty two tons of hell on wheels, equipped with a.50 caliber machine gun and a 90mm main gun, and Birdwell s hard charging unit was responsible for securing the main supply route between Saigon and Tay Ninh After extensive interviews with Birdwell, acclaimed Vietnam War historian Keith William Nolan transports the reader to the confident days of 1967 when Dwight Birdwell, then nineteen years old and raring for a fight, was first assigned to Troop C 3d Squadron, 4th Cavalry 25th Division a time when there really seemed to be a light shining at the end of the tunnel Then came the Tet offensive and everything changed Birdwell won the Silver Star and Purple Heart on January 31, 1968, when the tanks and ard personnel carriers of C 3 4th Cav smashed headlong into the communist regiment that had broken through the wire at Tan Son Nhut Air Base Tet was an allied victory The decimated Viet Cong, reinforced by North Vietnamese Army regulars, refused to admit it though Birdwell was wounded two times, and won a second Silver Star in a little battle wrecked hamlet called An Duc on the Fourth of July 1968 The pressure was relentless Demoralized by heavy losses and the realization that the politicians and generals didn t really know how to win the war, the only goal for many of the troops became survival By the time Birdwell rotated out, malingering, marijuana, and all the other problems that were to wreck the Army inVietnam had taken root, and Birdwell himself had reached the verge of combat fatigue.

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    1. I wanted to put my father's experiences in Vietnam into a context I could understand and better appreciate. A Hundred Miles of Bad Road helped me to do exactly that.Dwight Birdwell is a proud Native American who left his home in Oklahoma to join the US Army as a Tanker during the Vietnam War. You join Birdwell during some of the most heroic actions along the most dangerous Main Supply Route (MSR) in Vietnam, the infamous Highway One. As his platoon escorts supply convoys and conducts route clear [...]

    2. I'd highly recommend this book for those interested in the Vietnam war. Nolan paints a colorful yet grim picture of the conflicts that Birdwell endured during his 1 year of service as a tank cavalryman during the Vietnam war, including his many conflicts not only with the viet-cong army but rowdy fellow servicemen and higher officers. The book started off a little slow for me and seeing as i normally have an aversion to non-fiction (e.g. biographies and the like) went into it thinking this was g [...]

    3. This is an excellent book covering the experience of Dwight W. Birdwell as an armored Calveryman in Viet Nam from 1967 - 1968. It is Dwight's viewpoint of serving in a line company during the Viet Nam War. It gives a sense of the interaction between soldiers from many backgrounds and their reaction to combat and the Viet Nam people. The narrative is a raw and and honest evaluation of the soldiers emotions and the effect on their combat performance and later transition to civilian life.

    4. A friend lent me a copy of this as I was starting to read up on armoured warfare (tho' I tend to focus on pre-WW2/WW2 stuff, particularly German armour), and it was quite a treat.The book paints a really grim picture of what those in armour went through while serving in Vietnam. The events narrated by the author, such as defending an airfield while under constant fire or watching fellow crewmen getting blown out of an APC as it is hit by an RPG, tend to stick in one's head for a while.

    5. A very personal account of a tanker during a year of Vietnam. The stories are very poignant and offer an insight into a part of the war that is not often talked about, Armour operations. The book reads very easy and with a good mix of humor and serious.

    6. The Vietnam War through the eyes of a tanker. This is a real deal struggle over 215 pages of surviving Vietnam in a RPG magnet.

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