By Otto J. Lehrack
Working from official histories, American and Vietnamese, and from interviews with over 150 Marines, corpsmen and North Vietnamese Army soldiers, author Otto Lehrack
has compiled a riveting account of men at war.
The heroic struggles of those who risked so much at the Que Son Valley were destined to be lost on the scrap heap of history, but thankfully, Road of 10,000 Pains makes up for lost time by finally honoring these men.
Here, finally, is the authoritative account of the sacrifices, hardships, triumphs, and pains of their epic mission in The Valley.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR : Otto J. Lehrack
is a retired Marine, two-tour Vietnam veteran, and the author of three books and many articles.
He served 24 years in active service as both an officer and enlisted Marine.
He served as commanding officer of India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines in his first tour in Vietnam and as Operations Officer of the 1st Radio Battalion on his second tour.
Lehrack has also taught world history, Russian history and writing at the university level, been an executive with a Hawaiian sugar plantation and the COO of a small computer hardware company in Silicon Valley.
Two of his
books were Military Book Club main selections, and one of them won the Greene Prize awarded by the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation
currently lives in Flushing, New York.
By Otto J. Lehrack
I have waited a few days to let it soak in -the struggles, complexities, intensities and memories of our situation are well described by Otto
I am honored and proud to know some of the Marines and Corpsmen who shared their memories with Otto
, and many more who survived those battles and could probably fill a whole other volume with their remembrances.
I believe that Otto
has done a great service honoring these warriors and their fallen friends, not only by his
tremendous research, but by making their combat history come "alive" to the reader.
I know he
spent a lot of time with the Marines he
interviewed, going to reunions all over the country to listen and learn, even going to Vietnam with Marines who showed him where they were during the battles, reliving it all 40 years later.
I also know that Otto's book will have a huge impact on families and friends of these Marines.
When I emailed info about it to my niece, Anita, this is what she
Hey Auntie Debbe and Uncle Brad, What I know about Vietnam is very scary to me, and I don't know much, but I just wanted to say Thank you Uncle Brad for fighting for our country and for fighting for us!
I love you and today I just wanted to let you know that and give you the honor that you deserve!
Awesome, awesome, awesome!
Congratulations to Otto
for competing his
Thank you, Otto
, for this labor of love,
Debbe Reynolds, USMC Combat Wife
new book is a very well-written book outlining the military scenerio of the 5th Marines
venture into the Queson Valley in 1967.
has highlighted the major battles fought in southern I Corps while the media was focused on the hill fights in the DMZ and the fight for Khe Sanh.
At last, the world will gain a new perspective on the Marines and Corpsman of the First Marine Division during Vietnam.
Like any book that tries to cover the multiple skirmishes, frequent firefights and the major battles, many units and individuals are lost because no one has spoken about their events, even though they have played a role in the overall action.
My only battle mentioned in the book was on SWIFT, and therefore I am unqualified to comment on the other battles outlined by Otto Lehrack
I would have liked the SWIFT portion of the book (the first day and night) to reflect how B and D Cos, K and 1/5 Command Group
, and M Co
fought individually as units separated by hundreds, if not thousands, of yards apart and each in its own world.
The book reads as if we were all together and fighting as a unit.
Unfortunately, we fought as isolated units with little interaction until the following day.
has done a really great service for those of us who fought there in 1967.
really did his
Thank you Otto
for putting our Company (Mike) into the History books.
I was a little skeptical when Otto
talked to us (me and my wife, Debbe) about writing this book.
We wondered what information he
would use and how on earth would he
make heads or tails out of what took place in the Que Son Valley.
It begins with a little history starting back in 1964, leading up to the battles fought through spring and fall of 1967.
The losses inflicted on the North Vietnamese Army
by US Marines
in those battles, I believe, was the most significant reason that DaNang was the only major city that was not overrun during the Tet Offensive of 1968.
, did a remarkable job intermingling personal interviews with the objectives for the operations, who was where, and what was going on at the same time.