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    George Durgin
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The Delta Dogs Paperback – 2000. by George Durgin (Author). Those are the good parts of this book. One gets the subtle impression Durgin talks too much about his own positive leadership qualities.

The Delta Dogs Paperback – 2000. The other negative is the graphics. Overall, I concur with the guy who put up the note on our bulletin board.

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This a Major George Durgin's memoir about his Army infantry's company during the 1969 Tet offensive. Stores ▾. Audible Barnes & Noble Walmart eBooks Google Play Abebooks Book Depository Alibris Better World Books IndieBound. Paperback, 461 pages.

An infantry company's battle during the 1969 Tet Offensive

An infantry company's battle during the 1969 Tet Offensive. The Delta Dogs tells the real, gritty story of direct life and death combat engagements in Vietnam, which all too ofter resulted in the death of our young men and it was written as it happened. from publisher's synopsis).

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An infantry company's battle during the 1969 Tet Offensive. The Delta Dogs tells the real, gritty story of direct life and death combat engagements in Vietnam, which all too ofter resulted in the death of our young men and it was written as it happened. (from publisher's synopsis)

I found out about this book by seeing a hand-written note on a bulletin board that highly recommended it. I thought this unusual because the note was in the flight operations center of a major airline. Pilots (like me) are not usually interested in ground war stories, and that in itself raised my interest. But I became suspicious when I looked the book up on Amazon and saw it was self-published. This is often a sign of poor quality. Yet I ordered it anyway. Glad I did.

Don't expect this to be the typical war epic of screaming bayonet charges or desperately beating off gomers overrunning your position. There are no great heroics--at least not in the sense of how our modern culture regards heroism. No one gets the Medal of Honor. In fact I don't recall a mention of medals. I kept waiting for all that to happen, yet it didn't. Hollywood would never do a movie on this book. It's too real for that.

The Delta Dogs tells what the war was actually like for the common GI trudging through the rice paddies and jungles, feeling the heat, the rot, the bugs, the filth, the exhaustion, and the fear. Their mission: Sweep. Block. Look for spider holes. Clear booby traps. Support. Back-up. And, occasionally, engage the enemy. Take a day off back at the "luxury" of the fire base then go do it all again. A few men died. A few were maimed. Most went home. All were changed for life.

Durgin's descriptions of the misery of field life and the grief of losing a friend are compelling. His telling of his superiors' incompetence and bumbling, causing men to die for nothing, will shock and anger you. The over-whelming desire of the upper ranks to protect their career in the army seemed at times to Durgin paramount to the army's mission. Careerism was pervasive and often dictated life or death for those who had to follow senseless orders.

Those are the good parts of this book. Now the not-so-good. One gets the subtle impression Durgin talks too much about his own positive leadership qualities. After reading his account I have no doubt I would have been glad to have him as my company commander, but the story itself bears that out without his help. The other negative is the graphics. The maps and photos are such poor quality that they distract rather than add to the story.

Overall, I concur with the guy who put up the note on our bulletin board. If you want to know what the Viet Nam War was really like for the common soldier, read The Delta Dogs. It earns a permanant place on my bookshelves.
Knights from Bernin
Very detailed historic personal account and reality of events and troops on the ground during the latter half of the Nam War.
Love it!
I enjoyed reading the book on my train rides going to and from work. Now I can empathize more withh veterans and military folks. As a recent immigrant, I guess the on going fifth offensive efforts got to me first and so for the longest time had my anti war/military folk mindsite. This book balances it all. It has opened up a new way of thinking for me. I think the author wrote with his heart. I can feel the oppressive heat and dust as he describes it in the rice paddies. It made me want to have a can of beer everytime he mentions it in the book. time will tell tho if his accounts re his incompetent superiors were not just a figment of his imagination. It's a fact in life in all careers. I work with many ex military folks in our lab and find them very organized and dependable. I am sorry the author had a bad experience returning to the work force after his military avocation. Read the book. Learn about the anti fifth-offensive.
Vital Beast
I also purchased this book from Major Durgin on Mt. Soledad. I loved this book. It opened my eyes to what it was like for these soldiers during the Vietnam War. Unlike the other reviewer, I think this could be a motion picture. It has all the makings of a good story and really brings to light the emotional, physical and military politics of war. This book left me thinking a lot and feeling all sorts of emotions like any good piece of literature should. After all they went through, Major Durgin writes about his unwelcome homecoming in the afterward. It is heartwrenching that after these men offered up their lives to serve their country, they are treated so poorly.
I have always wondered what the day to day life of an infantryman was like during the Vietnam war. This provided a highly detailed depiction of it. This book was a great read for me. Interestingly I came upon this book by purchasing it from Major Durgin while visiting the Mt Soledad National Veterans Memorial. At the time I really had no expectations of the book but after reading it I was really impressed. The Delta Dogs were amazing men and patriots. Truly a great story of service and sacrifice.
Amazing Story!! I highly recommend this book, it is well documented and personal war experience. It was a privilege and honor to talk with the author, Major Geroge Durgin.
Thank you Major for bringing history to us through your book. We are grateful for your service to our country.
I received a free copy of this book because my father was a Delta Dog and appears in the book. Looking at it from an outside perspective it is a solid book, not great but good. The first half is very dry and poorly written in my opinion. As the book went on the author seemed to get into a groove and the story improved. By the last third he finally got you to care about the characters (real people in this case) and it had some very emotional moments. Definitely worth a read, but I believe it would be a better movie. That is rare, but a professional screed writer would do a better job of telling the story than the first time author.