Company of Heroes: A Forgotten Medal of Honor and Bravo Company’s War in Vietnam

Posted: May 5, 2015 in Books, Vietnam War

  

There are many broad studies of the Vietnam War, but Company of Heroes offers an insight into the harrowing experiences of just a small number of men from a single unit, deep in the jungles of Vietnam and Cambodia. It is the account of a Medal of Honor recipient whose brave actions were forgotten for over three decades, Leslie Sabo Jr. 

Sabo and other replacement soldiers in Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry (Currahees), 101st Airborne Division, were involved in intense, bloody engagements such as the battle for Hill 474 and the Mother’s Day Ambush. Beginning with their deployment at the height of the Tet Offensive, and using military records and interviews with surviving soldiers, Eric Poole recreates the terror of combat amidst the jungles and rice paddies of Vietnam. 

  

Company of Heroes is exceptionally well written. This is a book about a very small group of people and their place in a very large conflict. What’s great is that it makes you care about Sabo and his friends straight off of the bat. They are people you know and care about by the end of the first few chapters, which is something very few writers seem able to accomplish. 

Sabo is the focus of this book, and it’s easy to see why. He is a lively and likeable character. It’s easy to understand why he was so well thought of by all who knew him, and Poole presents him very well. 

 

The contrast presented between the soldiers home life and their time “in country” is very jarring. It really hits home the hardships that every trooper had to face in the Vietnam War.

Highly recommended – nay, essential – reading for anyone with an interest in The Vietnam War.  

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