unmuddied by the passing of years, Johnson's account is unique in the annals of
Vietnam literature. Moreover, it is a timeless testimony to the sacrifice and
heroism of the LRRPs who dared to risk it all.
Johnson arrived in Vietnam in 1969, he was nineteen, a young soldier untested
in combat like thousands of others--but with two important differences: Johnson
volunteered for the elite L Company Rangers of the 101st Airborne Division, a long-range
reconnaissance patrol (LRRP) unit, and he kept a secret diary, a practice
forbidden by the military to protect the security of LRRP operations.
copy, 280 pages, Frank Johnson]