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“You have to react instinctively. In this game there’s no second place, only the quick and the dead.”
In Vietnam, Mobile Guerrilla Force conducted unconventional operations against the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army. Armed with silencer-equipped MK-II British Sten guns, M-16s, M-79s, and M-60 machine guns, the men of the Mobile Guerrilla Force operated in the steamy, triple-canopy jungle owned by the NVA and VC, destroying base camps, ambushing patrols, and gathering the intelligence that General Westmoreland desperately needed.
In 1967, James Donahue was a Special Forces medic and assistant platoon leader assigned to the Mobile Guerrilla Force and their fiercely anti-Communist Cambodian freedom fighters. Their mission: to locate the 271st Main Force Viet Cong Regiment so they could be engaged and destroyed by the 1st Infantry Division.
Now, with the brutal, unflinching honesty only an eye witness could possess, Donahue relives the adrenaline rush of firefights, air strikes, human wave attacks, ambushes, and attacks on enemy base camps. Following the operation the surviving Special Forces members of the Mobile Guerrilla Force were decorated by Major General John Hay, Commanding General, 1st Infantry Division.

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December 31st, 2013
This book from its beginning to its end is very powerful as I felt drawn into the jungles of the forbidden zone. The author conveys with great clarity and insight of the encounters that he and his fellow team mates had. The relationships that he forged in war time have truly lasted in peace time after Vietnam. A really good read that capture my attention and imagination. I have never been to Vietnam and could never experience what these men did but this disclosure of 'Black Jack 33' is truly eye opening.
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November 4th, 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book . It showed both how harrowing combat could be but it also showed the willingness of a soldier to go to great lengths to protect each other . Even at the expense of their own lives .
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