Bob Worthington’s memoir describes his participation in the fiercest fighting of the Vietnam war, on the Cambodian border, where he almost died of Hookworm and was shot in a night operation. Assigned to Saigon to recuperate, he was tasked with creating an advisor team to train South Vietnam commandos to conduct raids in the swamps south of Saigon, the Rung Sat Special Zone. For seven months they were successful, with Worthington receiving four combat awards.
From 1945 to 1973, more than 100,000 members of the U.S. military were advisors in Vietnam. Of these, 66,399 were combat advisors. 11 were awarded the Medal of Honor, 378 were killed and 1,393 were wounded. Combat advisors lived and fought with South Vietnamese combat units, advising on tactics and weapons, and liaising with local U.S. military support.
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American combat advisors were an integral part of ARVN infantry units, providing advice, liaising with US military support, and working with the ARVN officers and NCOs. Worthington filmed all he did for three months to document what combat advisors did. It is Vietnam like never seen before.
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