Saturday, September 12, 2015
SOG: The Secret Wars of America's Commandos in Vietnam by John L. Plaster
A recent National Geographic article described Laos as the most bombed nation in history. The U. S. bombed this neutral country during the Vietnam War due to North Vietnam's extensive use of Laotian territory as staging grounds to attack across into South Vietnam. The author is a veteran of the Studies and Observation Group, composed mostly of Green Berets, who undertook harrowing reconnaissance missions in Laos and Cambodia. Regardless of one's opinion on how the U.S. carried out the war in Vietnam, this book will leave the reader astonished at the bravery of the recon men and their air crews who operated under the noses of large numbers of enemy forces who gave no quarter.