In the early 1970s the U.S. Army was undergoing seismic changes. The Vietnam War had ended, almost 600 American POWs were released by North Vietnam, the draft was terminated and the Army itself was in dismal shape. A decorated former infantryman turned behavioral scientist, Bob Worthington returned to active duty as a clinician and served as a senior psychology consultant, helping the Army remain an effective fighting force. His insightful memoir describes his pioneering research in PTSD, the managing of a clinical service and mental health center, his work focusing on pilots and aviators, and a stint as a sports psychologist for the U.S. Olympics.
Published March 2023 – Available Now!
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.
Published November 2021 – Available Now!
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.
Published October 2018 – Available Now!
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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