Company of Heroes: A Forgotten Medal of Honor and Bravo by Eric Poole

By Eric Poole

On may well 10, 1970, through the Cambodian Incursion, military professional Leslie Sabo Jr., 22-years outdated, married simply 30 days earlier than transport out and on lively accountability for simply 6 months, died as his patrol was once ambushed close to a distant border zone of Cambodia. whilst an enemy grenade landed close to a wounded comrade, Sabo used his physique to guard the soldier from the blast. regardless of being mortally injured, he crawled in the direction of the enemy emplacement and threw a grenade into the bunker. The explosion silenced the enemy hearth, but additionally ended Sabo's lifestyles. This assault through North Vietnamese troops killed 8 of Sabo's fellow infantrymen from the one hundred and first Airborne department and might end up referred to as the "Mother's Day Ambush." Sabo's commanders nominated him for the Medal of Honor, however the request was once by some means misplaced. A crusade to right the oversight begun in 1999, finally resulting in laws that eradicated the three-year closing date on awarding this medal.
Forty-two years after his selfless acts of heroism through the Vietnam conflict stored the lives of his fellow infantrymen; Leslie H. Sabo Jr. posthumously bought the Medal of Honor on may well sixteen, 2012.
utilizing army documents and interviews with surviving squaddies, journalist Eric Poole recreates the fear of strive against amidst the jungles and rice paddies as Bravo corporation third Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, one hundred and first Airborne solid bonds of brotherhood of their conflict for survival. Company of Heroes bargains an perception into the outstanding and harrowing stories of only a small variety of males from a unmarried unit, deep within the jungles of Vietnam and Cambodia.

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15 But the offensive represented something else entirely in the United States. If the size, scope, and time of the attacks came as a mild surprise to MACV leadership, they were a shock to a public in the United States that had been fed a steady diet of rosy reports from Saigon, the Pentagon, and the White House. Tet put the lie to claims by generals and politicians that South Vietnam and the United States were on the verge of winning the war. Instead, it exposed a cruel reality, that for all the enemy bodies that had been counted, and all the American bodies buried, the enemy could still wage war, and that victory in Vietnam would require a long slog, if it could be won at all.

9 Much of the military leadership, including Westmoreland and Abrams, had been junior officers during World War II, a conflict radically unlike Vietnam. Westmoreland, in charge of the entire US effort through Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV), realized that the combined American–Republic of Vietnam forces could prevail only by eliminating the North Vietnamese resistance. With that, Westmoreland adopted a strategy of “Find, Fix, and Finish,” which referred to the practice of “Finding” the enemy, trapping, or “Fixing,” him in place, and then using superior firepower to “Finish” him.

As 1969 came to a close, Bravo Company was up to nearly its full complement and engaging in combat operations in Binh Dinh province looking for enemy soldiers in the thick and mountainous jungles in South Vietnam’s Central Highlands region. For most of the recent draftees, military service was an interruption, not a part, of their life’s plan. But after nearly a year honing their combat skills, they had all become soldiers. Even after all their training, though, a significant portion of Bravo Company was green, with no combat experience as 1970 dawned.

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