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  • The Secret Wars of America's Commandos in Vietnam
  • Written by: John L. Plaster
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (82 ratings)

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SOG

Written by: John L. Plaster
Narrated by: Arthur Morey
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Publisher's Summary

John Plaster’s riveting account of his covert activities as a member of a special operations team during the Vietnam War is “a true insider’s account, this eye-opening report will leave readers feeling as if they’ve been given a hot scoop on a highly classified project” (Publishers Weekly).

Code-named the Studies and Observations Group, SOG was the most secret elite US military unit to serve in the Vietnam War - so secret that its very existence was denied by the government. Composed entirely of volunteers from such ace fighting units as the Army Green Berets, Air Force Air Commandos, and Navy SEALs, SOG took on the most dangerous covert assignments in the deadliest and most forbidding theaters of operation.

In SOG, Major John L. Plaster, a three-tour SOG veteran, shares the gripping exploits of these true American warriors in a minute-by-minute, heartbeat-by-heartbeat account of the group’s stunning operations behind enemy lines - penetrating heavily defended North Vietnamese military facilities, holding off mass enemy attacks, launching daring missions to rescue downed US pilots. Some of the most extraordinary true stories of honor and heroism in the history of the US military, from sabotage to espionage to hand-to-hand combat, Plaster’s account is “a detailed history of this little-known aspect of the Vietnam War...a worthy act of historical rescue from an unjustified, willed oblivion” (The New York Times).

©1997 John L. Plaster. All rights reserved. (P)2019 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Excellent recognition for the quiet sacrifice of those SOF soldiers

Excellent although sometimes the listing of SOG men was clear but moved a little too fast and not concise for me. I know it would have made it longer but it would have been better if more detail of which SF Battalion was involved besides the 5th.

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Best Vietnam War Book I've Listened to.

The Stories the Narrator excellently portrays, are Heart Pounding and Gripping. I've Listened to this Book twice. The 3rd listen will be in my future.

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Fascinating

Like the dark side of the moon, the less know details of some of the operations in the Vietnam conflict. Fascinating (if you like detailed military history)

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Excellent, highly recommend

Couldn't stop listening. Had me from start to finish. High recommend this book. Real Good

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Amazing story about amazing warriors

Seems to me a review of their actions and upgrades in decorations are in order.

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Riveting and eye Opening

From all the accounts of war I've listened to this one had the most shocking and interesting stories.

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pretty good

narrator was a bit dry but the stories were really good. I would recommend if you like war audiobooks.

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superb

excellent story about the men of special forces who fought in vietnam. thanks and rip for those who died.

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