Sunday, February 5, 2017
Legend by Eric Blehm ~ Review
Portion from the back cover ~ "On May 2, 1968, a twelve-man Special Forces team was covertly inserted into a small clearing in the jungle of neutral Cambodia. What the team didn't know was that this section of jungle concealed a major enemy base. Soon they found themselves surrounded by hundreds of North Vietnamese Army soldiers.
Special Forces staff sergeant Roy Benavidez, hearing the distress call, jumped aboard the next helicopter bound for the combat zone.
What followed would become the stuff of legend in the Special Operations community. Flown into the foray of battle by the courageous pilots and crew of the 240th Assault Helicopter Company, Benavidez jumped from the hovering aircraft and ran through withering enemy fire to orchestrate an extraordinary defense and rescue of the nearly decimated team. During the hours-long battle, he was bayoneted, shot, and hit by grenade shrapnel, yet he persevered in his efforts until every survivor was out of harm's way."
My thoughts ~ This is an incredible story of bravery and heroism. Reading the detailed accounts that took place on May 2, 1968 opened my eyes to what took place in Vietnam. Just reading about that one battle, I have a greater admiration for our soldiers and what they went through. Thank you to Eric Blehm for this amazing true story of Roy Benavidez. Thank you Roy Benavidez for your service and sacrifice.
If you want to get a glimpse of what happened in Vietnam, I highly recommend Legend: The Incredible Story of Green Beret Sergeant Roy Benavidez's Heroic Mission to Rescue a Special Forces Team Caught Behind Enemy Lines.
(Disclaimer: I purchased this book and the opinion I gave was not asked of me by the author)