Company of Heroes

A Forgotten Medal of Honor and Bravo Company’s War in Vietnam

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Company of Heroes

A Forgotten Medal of Honor and Bravo Company’s War in Vietnam


On May 10, 1970, during the Cambodian Incursion, Army Specialist Leslie Sabo Jr., 22-years old, married only 30 days before shipping out and on active duty for just 6 months, died as his patrol was ambushed near a remote border area of Cambodia. When an enemy grenade landed near a wounded comrade, Sabo used his body to shield the soldier from the blast. Despite being mortally injured, he crawled towards the enemy emplacement and threw a grenade into the bunker. The explosion silenced the enemy fire, but also ended Sabo's life. This attack by North Vietnamese troops killed eight of Sabo's fellow soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division and would come to be known as the "Mother's Day Ambush." Sabo's commanders nominated him for the Medal of Honor, but the request was somehow lost. A campaign to correct the oversight began in 1999, ultimately leading to legislation that eliminated the three-year time limit on awarding this medal.
Forty-two years after his selfless acts of heroism during the Vietnam War saved the lives of his fellow soldiers; Leslie H. Sabo Jr. posthumously received the Medal of Honor on May 16, 2012.
Using military records and interviews with surviving soldiers, journalist Eric Poole recreates the terror of combat amidst the jungles and rice paddies as Bravo Company 3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne forged bonds of brotherhood in their battle for survival. Company of Heroes offers an insight into the incredible and harrowing experiences of just a small number of men from a single unit, deep in the jungles of Vietnam and Cambodia.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments /Prologue /Chapter 1 /Chapter 2 /Chapter 3 /Chapter 4 /Chapter 5 /Chapter 6 /Chapter 7 /Chapter 8 /Chapter 9 /Chapter 10 /Chapter 11 /Chapter 12 /Chapter 13 /Chapter 14 /Chapter 15 /Chapter 16 /Chapter 17 /Chapter 18 /Chapter 19 /Chapter 20 /Chapter 21 /Chapter 22 /Chapter 23 /Chapter 24 /Chapter 25 /Chapter 26 /Chapter 27 /Epilogue /Appendix /Notes /Select Bibliography /Index

Product details

Published Mar 24 2015
Format Hardback
Edition 1st
Extent 328
ISBN 9781472807915
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 1 b/w; 36 col
Dimensions 9 x 6 inches
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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