The First Marine Captured in Vietnam: A Biography of Donald G. Cook

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McFarland, 12 de jan de 2007 - 334 páginas
Colonel Donald Gilbert Cook was the first U.S. Marine captured in Vietnam, the first and only Marine in history to earn the Medal of Honor while in captivity; and the first Marine POW to have a U.S. Navy ship named in his honor, the USS Donald Cook (DDG-75). On December 31, 1964, while serving as an observer with a South Vietnamese Marine Corps battalion on a combat operation against Viet Cong forces, he was captured near the village of Binh Gia in South Vietnam. Until his death in captivity in December 1967, Cook led ten POWs in a series of primitive jungle camps. This first book-length biography concentrates especially on Cook’s three years in captivity, and is the first book exclusively about a Marine POW held in South Vietnam. Throughout, Cook’s adherence to the Corps’ traditional leadership principles and knowledge of the Code of Conduct are highlighted. His biography provides a unique case study of exemplary leadership under extremely difficult conditions. Includes 68 photographs.
 

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Preface
1
Captain Cook and Comrade Troi
3
More Than Life Itself
16
A Ranger Advisors Courage
30
Bring Back Our Dead Kinsmen
50
Missing and Presumed Captured
69
One of the Popes Commandos
82
The Forging of a Leader
95
Escape and Defiance
163
The Gentle Giant Succumbs
178
Mind Games
190
Writing Lessons
201
Setting the Superman Example
212
Sammie the Woe and Charlie the Smuggler
225
Survival Partners
237
A Camp Rather Far from Here
250

The Arkansas Rebel
110
Faith Without Fear
123
Oil Can Harry and Friends
135
Living by the Code
149
Operation Homecoming
262
Epilogue
290
Bibliography
309
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Retired Marine Colonel Donald L. Price earned the Silver Star, three Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart for service in Vietnam. He lives in Sierra Vista, Arizona.

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