Steel My Soldiers' Hearts

Steel My Soldiers' Hearts

The Hopeless to Hardcore Transformation of 4th Battalion, 39th Infantry, United States Army, Vietnam

Book - 2003
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In January 1969, one of the most promising young lieutenant colonels the US Army had ever seen touched down in Vietnam for his second tour of duty, which would turn out to be his most daring and legendary.

David H. Hackworth had just completed the writing of a tactical handbook for the Pentagon, and now he had been ordered to put his counterguerilla-fighting theories into action. He was given the morale-drained 4/39th--a battalion of poorly led draftees suffering the Army's highest casualty rate and considered its worst fighting battalion. Hackworth's hard-nosed, inventive and inspired leadership quickly turned the 4/39th into Vietnam's valiant and ferocious Hardcore Recondos.

Drawing on interviews with soldiers from the Hardcore Battalion conducted over the past decade by his partner and coauthor, Eilhys England, Hackworth takes readers along on their sniper missions, ambush actions, helicopter strikes and inside the quagmire of command politics. With Steel My Soldiers' Hearts, Hackworth places the brotherhood of the 4/39th into the pantheon of our nation's most heroic warriors.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2003, c2002.
Edition: 1st Touchstone ed.
ISBN: 9780743246132
Branch Call Number: 959.704 H116s
DS558.4 .H33 2003
Characteristics: xiv, 444 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps, port. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: England, Eilhys


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Mar 09, 2013

A unit of draftees has a new commander and he turns them from sloppy undisciplined men into a Battalion of warriors with unit pride. David Hackworth, the most decorated soldier in the US military is one tough hombre.


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