Road of 10,000 Pains: The Destruction of the 2nd NVA Division by the U.S. Marines, 1967

Road of 10,000 Pains: The Destruction of the 2nd NVA Division by the U.S. Marines, 1967

by Otto J. Lehrack, Alfred M. Gray

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“Oh, yes,” a retired NVA officer matter-of-factly declared to former U.S. Marine Otto J. Lehrack. “In the Que Son Valley in 1967, we killed more Americans than at any time or place during the war.” Road of 10,000 Pains, which takes its name from The Iliad, is an epic oral history of Vietnam's bloodiest campaign, fought for seven months in a series of battles, most within four miles of each other, along Route 534. In October 1967, orders came down to the 2nd North Vietnamese Army Division commanding them to join with local Viet Cong units and seize the city of Da Nang in the coming Tet Offensive. When the time came, the division was so battered from its seven-month campaign in the Que Son Valley that it failed to carry out its mission. Only one platoon was to make it inside the city limits of Da Nang. Had it not been for the violent struggles in the valley, Da Nangmay have suffered the same fate as the city of Hue.

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ISBN-13: 9781610600743
Publisher: Zenith Press
Publication date: 04/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 266,522
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

Otto Lehrack is a retired marine, two-tour Vietnam veteran, and the author of three books and many articles. Two of his books were Military Book Club Main Selections, and one of them won the Greene Prize awarded by the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. He lives in Flushing, New York.

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Chapter 1        Foxtrot to Destiny

Chapter 2        Bald Eagle

Chapter 3        Deadly as a Flytrap

Chapter 4        Foxtrot

Chapter 5        Hot Pursuit

Chapter 6        Soldiers from the Sea

Chapter 7        Union I: The Battle for Hill 110

Chapter 8        Dangerous When Cornered

Chapter 9        Between the Unions

Chapter 10      Union II: The Enemy Strikes Back

Chapter 11      Desperate Delta

Chapter 12      Captain Graham’s Last Stand

Chapter 13      Operation Adair: The Two-Platoon Fight

Chapter 14      Pike and Cochise

Chapter 15      Operation Swift: Desperate Delta Again

Chapter 16      Life and Death on a Very Small Knoll

Chapter 17      The Fight for Hill 43

Chapter 18      The Second Battle at Vinh Huy

Chapter 19      The Hotel Fight

Chapter 20      Golf and Hotel: Essex End Game

Chapter 21      Mike Company Fights Again

Chapter 22      Victory

Chapter 23      Parting Shots

Afterword       A Brief History of the Vietnam War


Appendix        Awards for the Que Son Valley Campaign




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“Road of 10,000 Pains is a very good book. And its author is not only a good writer, but a wise one who, having interviewed countless veterans of the fighting, provides the necessary narration that binds it together. His judiciously selected quotes make this account one of the best books about the Vietnam War to date.” —Leatherneck magazine

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kepgeek More than 1 year ago
Have you wondered what it would be like to be a member of the United States Marine Corps (USMC) during the Vietnam? Have you thought what it would like to get shot at, see the person blown away right next to you, and experience the fear and adrenaline rush of combat? Retired United States Marine Otto J. Lehrack paints a spellbinding, insightful and sobering picture that answers these questions in this spectacular, must read oral history of the bloodiest campaign in Vietnam. The story involves the actions of the USMC in the Que Son Valley of Vietnam. The action and I do mean action, takes place between April and November of 1967. You experience the frustration of the new M-16 jamming. You are left wondering how many Marines and soldiers died from the jamming and poor performance of that rifle. You marvel at the heroic leadership from the battalion commander all the way down to the FNG who knew enough to get the forward air controller to take out the 82 mm mortar location he identified and sacrifices given by these heroes. Six Medals of Honor were awarded to participants in the campaign. All but one of the citations had as its last sentence "He gallantly gave his life for his country." This is a significant oral history of Vietnam's bloodiest campaign. Over a period of seven months you will travel along Route 534 for a series of battles against the 2nd North Vietnamese Army Division. The author's storytelling is so riveting you feel like you are there. This book is must reading for any academy cadet or persons in any pre-commissioning program. I strongly recommend ever junior officer and noncommissioned officer read this book. It shows how the NCOs assumed leadership as junior officers and senior NCOs became causalities. The book is an excellent read and would be a valuable addition to any community library. It gives a realistic insight into combat and the USMC. You will be left spell bound by the descriptions of combat and with deep gratitude and admiration for the USMC. Read and reviewed by Jimmie A. Kepler April 2010.
ttredman04 More than 1 year ago
The toughness and determination on both sides of the Vietnam War is presented honestly by using the thoughts and feelings of the combatants. Makes me proud to have been a Marine who served in Vietnam but sad that so many young men on both sides died. Enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to know what really happened in Vietnam.
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