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The Resource Abandoned in hell : the fight for Vietnam's Fire Base Kate, Captain William Albracht (Ret.) and Captain Marvin J. Wolf (Ret.)

Abandoned in hell : the fight for Vietnam's Fire Base Kate, Captain William Albracht (Ret.) and Captain Marvin J. Wolf (Ret.)

Label
Abandoned in hell : the fight for Vietnam's Fire Base Kate
Title
Abandoned in hell
Title remainder
the fight for Vietnam's Fire Base Kate
Statement of responsibility
Captain William Albracht (Ret.) and Captain Marvin J. Wolf (Ret.)
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Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In October 1969, William Albracht, the youngest Green Beret captain in Vietnam, took command of a remote hilltop outpost called Fire Base Kate, held by only 27 American soldiers and 150 Montagnard militiamen. He found their defenses woefully unprepared. At dawn the next morning, three North Vietnamese Army regiments--some 6,000 men--crossed the Cambodian border and attacked. Outnumbered three dozen to one, Albracht's men held off repeated ground assaults by communist forces with fierce hand-to-hand fighting, air support and a dangerously close B-52 strike. For days, the NVA blanketed Kate in a rain of rockets, mortars, artillery, machine guns, and small arms, blocking efforts to resupply, reinforce, or evacuate the outpost. Albracht continually exposed himself to enemy fire to direct air strikes, to guide re-supply helicopters, to distribute ammunition and water to his men, to retrieve the dead and to rescue the wounded, often shielding men with his own body. Wounded by rocket shrapnel, he refused medical attention or evacuation. Exhausted from days without sleep, he continued to rally his men to beat off each new enemy attack. After five days, Kate's defenders were out of ammo and water. Aerial resupply was suicidal, and reinforcements were denied by military commanders who had written off Kate. Albracht refused to surrender or die in place. Refusing to allow his men to surrender, Albracht led his troops, including many wounded, off the hill and on a daring night march through enemy lines. Abandoned in Hell is an astonishing memoir of leadership, sacrifice, and brutal violence, a riveting journey into Vietnam's heart of darkness, and a compelling reminder of the transformational power of individual heroism. Not since Lone Survivor and We Were Soldiers Once, And Young has there been such a gripping and authentic account of battlefield courage. Includes photos"-- Provided by publisher
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
959.704/342
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
DS559.5
LC item number
.A43 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Label
Abandoned in hell : the fight for Vietnam's Fire Base Kate, Captain William Albracht (Ret.) and Captain Marvin J. Wolf (Ret.)
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Foreword by Joseph L. Galloway
  • Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
356 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780451468086
Lccn
2014028501
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
ocn894128399
Label
Abandoned in hell : the fight for Vietnam's Fire Base Kate, Captain William Albracht (Ret.) and Captain Marvin J. Wolf (Ret.)
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Foreword by Joseph L. Galloway
  • Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
356 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780451468086
Lccn
2014028501
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
ocn894128399

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