A Marine Sniper's Two-Year Odyssey in the Vietnam War
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WHEN YOU'RE IN THE DEATH BUSINESS,
EACH DAWN COULD BE YOUR LAST.
Raw, straightforward, and powerful, Ed Kugler's account of his two years as a Marine scout-sniper in Vietnam vividly captures his experiences there--the good, the bad, and the ugly. After enlisting in the Marines at seventeen, then being wounded in Santo Domingo during the Dominican crisis, Kugler arrived in Vietnam in early 1966.
As a new sniper with the 4th Marines, Kugler picked up bush skills while attached to 3d Force Recon Company, and then joined the grunts. To take advantage of that experience, he formed the Rogues, a five-sniper team that hunted in the Co Bi-Than Tan Valley for VC and NVA. His descriptions of long, tense waits, sudden deadly action, and NVA countersniper ambushes are fascinating.
In DEAD CENTER, Kugler demonstrates the importance to a sniper of patience, marksmanship, bush skills, and guts--while underscoring exactly what a country demands of its youth when it sends them to war.
War is for the love of money...
War is a machine, unfortunately it's strategies are thought up by men far removed from the war itself...Your war Kug was different from mine (US Army 25th Infantry Div RVN 1967-68) Thank you for shedding light on life as a Marine Sniper. Welcome Home and Thank you for your service.
Very well written book with a great cast of bright young soldiers
First off if your looking for the books about the snipers who went out on one or two man teams in hostile jungle for days,this isnt it. But is a great tale of brave snipers that the the marines were just figuring out how to use in the puzzle that was vietnam.a great read no doubt
- Category: Military
- Published: May 29, 1999
- Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
- Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
- Print Length: 392 Pages
- Language: English