Tiger Bravo's War: An epic year with an elite airborne rifle company in the 101st Airborne Division's Wandering Warrio

byRick St John

Hardcover | August 25, 2017

Tiger Bravo's War: An epic year with an elite airborne rifle company in the 101st Airborne Division's Wandering Warrio by Rick St John
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Tiger Bravo's War follows a band of young paratroopers, from the same battalion in the elite 101st Airborne Division as portrayed in Stephen Ambrose's World War II best seller Band of Brothers, during their first year of combat in the Vietnam War - from a bayonet charge in a legendary VC stronghold and street fighting during the 1968 Tet Offensive, to a rescue mission of a surrounded platoon and rock & roll in the company mess hall, and much more. Thirty of their number would be killed in action and, collectively, they would amass a staggering 150 Purple Hearts. It is also about everyday life in a war zone and the strange, often harsh, sometimes beautiful, tropical environment in which the war was fought. Lastly, it is a soldier's tale of the young men of Tiger Bravo - the son a a World War II Japanese fighter pilot, who wins the Silver Star fighting as an American infantryman; the tough kid from rural Texas, who leaves a safe job cleaning astronaut offices in Houston to volunteer to be a paratrooper; the medic, abandoned by his mother, who would find in Tiger Bravo the family he never had, and many others, each with their own unique story. 

Title:Tiger Bravo's War: An epic year with an elite airborne rifle company in the 101st Airborne Division...Format:HardcoverProduct dimensions:358 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.81 inShipping dimensions:358 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.81 inPublished:August 25, 2017Publisher:Currahee Press LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0998854212

ISBN - 13:9780998854212

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Editorial Reviews

 Having taught university literature and composition for over forty years, I value clarity, precision, and logical organization over eloquence of style, imaginative metaphor, and literary allusion. Rick St. John in Tiger Bravo’s War, his fine book about the Vietnam War, excels at the former but does not fail at the latter. As importantly, even though it is history, this book responds to E. M. Forster’s famous answer to the question of what a novel does: “Yes—oh dear yes—it tells a story.” St. John relates “the exploits of the men of B Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne) 506th Infantry Regiment—an airborne rifle company in the 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, during one year of combat operations in the Vietnam War.” It’s a story you should read.From a youthful prank (‘borrowing’ a banner featuring a tiger that identified their unit) through stateside preparations and in-country orientation, to jungle, lowland, and mountain operations, with changes in leadership, strategy, and goals, the victories and the losses of these men are starkly presented. The strength of the enemy is acknowledged, and the year’s toll on a band of young, patriotic soldiers is relentlessly tabulated, not just in injuries and deaths, but also in values and beliefs. St. John also shows how conscious these men were of disheartening events and evolving attitudes back home. The full measure of that dynamic is not clear until we reach a moving section on the after effects of war; that alone is worth reading to begin to understand the cost to those who survived. And, of course, Rick St. John acknowledges and honors the fallen.The author meticulously documents his narrative (there are over 750 footnotes) through newspaper and periodical articles; battlefield journals, reports and studies; emails, letters, interviews, and personal correspondence. Tiger Bravo’s War is a thoroughly researched book that will be valued by historians, lay readers hoping to learn more about a war central to American history, and those who served and their families.It tells a story—oh dear yes!Michael Lund, Professor Emeritus of English, Longwood UniversityDirector: Home and Abroad (a writing program for military, veterans, and family)