Fire Base Illingworth

Fire Base Illingworth

An Epic True Story of Remarkable Courage Against Staggering Odds

Book - 2013
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Fire Base Illingworth is an epic, never-before-told true story of a North Vietnamese Army attack and how the men of this nearly overrun Fire Base survived.

In the early morning hours of April 1, 1970, more than four hundred North Vietnamese soldiers charged out into the open and tried to over-run FSB Illingworth. The battle went on, mostly in the dark, for hours. Exposed ammunition canisters were hit and blew up, causing a thunderous explosion inside the FSB that left dust so thick it jammed the hand-held weapons of the GIs. Much of the combat was hand-to-hand. In all, twenty-four Americans lost their lives and another fifty-four were wounded. Nearly one hundred enemy bodies were recovered. It was one of the most vicious small unit firefights in the history of U.S. forces in Vietnam.

As in his acclaimed book Blackhorse Riders, a finalist for the prestigious Colby Award, Philip Keith uncovers a harrowing true story of bravery and sacrifice by the men who fought valiantly to hold FSB Illingworth-a tale never-before-told and one that will not be soon forgotten.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250024954
1250024951
9781250024961
Characteristics: xxvi, 289 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Call Number: 959.704342 KEI

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It was mano-a-mano time, bayonets and gun butts.

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Father Boyle was telling me,"Now Tim. you ought not to be taking the name of the Lord in vain like that.

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