Soul Patrol: The Riveting True Story of the First African American LRRP Team in Vietnam (Mass Market)

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Soul Patrol: The Riveting True Story of the First African American LRRP Team in Vietnam (Mass Market)

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LRRPs had to be the best.
Anything less meant certain death.


When Ed Emanuel was handpicked for the first African American special operations LRRP team in Vietnam, he knew his six-man team couldn’t have asked for a tougher proving ground than Cu Chi in the summer of 196868. Home to the largest Viet cong tunnel complex in Vietnam, Cu Chi was the deadly heart of the enemy’s stronghold in Tay Ninh Province.

Team 2/6 of Company F, 51st Infantry, was quickly dubbed the Soul Patrol, a gimmicky label that belied the true depth of their courage. Stark and compelling, Emanuel’s account provides an unforgettable look at the horror and the heroism that became the daily fare of LRRPs in Vietnam. Every mission was a tightrope walk between life and death as Emanuel’s team penetrated NVA bases, sidestepped lethal booby traps, or found themselves ambushed and forced to fight their way back to the LZ to survive. Emanuel’s gripping memoir is an enduring testament to the valor of all American LRRPs, who courageously risked their lives so that others might be free.
Ed Emanuel is a military veteran and documentary filmmaker. He served as one of six men on Team 2/6 of Company F, 51st Infantry—also known as Soul Patrol—the first African American special operations LRRP team during the Vietnam War. He now lives in California.
Product Details ISBN: 9780891418177
ISBN-10: 0891418172
Publisher: Presidio Press
Publication Date: July 29th, 2003
Pages: 304
Language: English