Baptism: A Vietnam Memoir by Larry GwinBaptism: A Vietnam Memoir by Larry Gwin

Baptism: A Vietnam Memoir

byLarry Gwin

Mass Market Paperback | November 2, 1999

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"The 2nd Battalion of the 7th Cavalry had the dubious distinction of being the unit that had fought the biggest battle of the war to date, and had suffered the worst casualties. We and the 1st Battalion."

A Yale graduate who volunteered to serve his country, Larry Gwin was only twenty-three years old when he arrived in Vietnam in 1965. After a brief stint in the Delta, Gwin was reassigned to the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) in An Khe. There, in the hotly contested Central Highlands, he served almost nine months as executive officer for Alpha Company, 2/7, fighting against crack NVA troops in some of the war's most horrific battles.

The bloodiest conflict of all began November 12, 1965, after 2nd Battalion was flown into the Ia Drang Valley west of Pleiku. Acting as point, Alpha Company spearheaded the battalion's march to landing zone Albany for pickup, not knowing they were walking into the killing zone of an NVA ambush that would cost them 10 percent casualties.

Gwin spares no one, including himself, in his gut-wrenching account of the agony of war. Through the stench of death and the acrid smell of napalm, he chronicles the Vietnam War in all its nightmarish horror.
Larry Gwin was commissioned as an infantry lieutenant out of Yale University in 1963. After two years with the 82nd Airborne Division, he served as an advisor to a South Vietnamese Army battalion in the Mekong Delta before joining the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) in September 1965. Assigned to Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cava...
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Title:Baptism: A Vietnam MemoirFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 6.86 × 4.2 × 1 inPublished:November 2, 1999Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0804119228

ISBN - 13:9780804119221

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great I found this to be a great book about life in combat during the Vietnam War. It gives a great account, along the lines of "Killing Zone", by Frederick Downs. This book follows 1st Cav in some of the most ferocious fighting early in the conflict, it is a god companion book to Moore's book, "We were soldiers once..and young", following their battles with PAVN forces.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb book. I read a lot of books about combat and military history. I generally prefer the ones by junior officers because they describe not only the action but also the tactics and military thinking. I enjoyed this book in particular. The author comes across as very honest, to the degree that he even admits not remembering details at points, and admits acting in ways that he now regrets. His account drips authenticity. Add to that his incredible story... well, it's gripping. One of the best books.
Date published: 2015-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from War Good book, accurate description of a officers torment in war
Date published: 2013-12-28