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

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

Label
Abandoned in hell : the fight for Vietnam's Firebase Kate
Title
Abandoned in hell
Title remainder
the fight for Vietnam's Firebase Kate
Statement of responsibility
Capt. William Albracht (Ret.) and Capt. Marvin J. Wolf (Ret.)
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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"--
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Biography type
contains biographical information
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DLC
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Albracht, William
Dewey number
959.704/342
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
DS559.5
LC item number
.A43 2015
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Wolf, Marvin J
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  • Albracht, William
  • United States
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Escapes
  • Soldiers
  • Heroes
  • Command of troops
  • Courage
  • Fire Base Kate (Vietnam)
Label
Abandoned in hell : the fight for Vietnam's Firebase Kate, Capt. William Albracht (Ret.) and Capt. Marvin J. Wolf (Ret.)
Instantiates
Publication
Note
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
xix, 356 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780451468086
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014028501
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)894128399
  • 829718
  • (OCoLC)ocn894128399
  • 829718
Label
Abandoned in hell : the fight for Vietnam's Firebase Kate, Capt. William Albracht (Ret.) and Capt. Marvin J. Wolf (Ret.)
Publication
Note
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
xix, 356 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780451468086
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014028501
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)894128399
  • 829718
  • (OCoLC)ocn894128399
  • 829718

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