“Colonel Clarke’s analysis of the events around Khe Sanh is must reading for future combat leaders. In fact, it should be read by everyone.  We should all heed Bruce’s admonition that ‘We need to learn from our mistakes and ensure that we don’t repeat them.  We owe it to the next generation of brave soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines that they will not have to endure similar tests of their courage and determination.’”

General Jack Vessey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 1982-85

“Most books studying the 1968 siege of Khe Sanh focus on the Marine Corps’ defense of the base and the hilltops to the north. Other books examine the fall of the nearby Lang Vei Special Forces Camp overrun by North Vietnamese tanks. To most Khe Sanh was a Marine battle. While heavily shelled and the hilltop outposts fought off attacks, the main base experienced only minor ground attacks. There was another battle though, unheralded in most books, the vicious fight for Khe Sanh Village south of the main base. This fight saw 25 Army and Marine advisors and 175 Vietnamese irregular troops fighting off a North Vietnamese regular regiment. Bruce Clarke aptly describes the valor and spirit of the defenders as they beat back repeated assaults with little support from the main base. This is a first person account of a virtually unheard of battle characterized by heroism and dedication to duty.”

Gordon L. Rottman, Author, Khe Sanh 1967-68