Books that mention the 12th Cavalry

 

World War II

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1st Cavalry Division in World War II, compiled by Major Bertram C. Wright, republished by Turner Publishing Company. A commemorative size book that covers the Division's activities in World War II. In addition to the coverage of the Pacific campaigns, there is emphasis on the individual heroism of the Troopers. Excellent selection of pictures in this 245 page book. Good coverage of the 12th Cavalry Regiment. Book Cover

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The Admiralties, Operation of the 1st Cavalry Division, 29 February-18 May 1944, published by the Historical Division, War Department. Official Army study of the Admiralties operations. Excellent maps and good coverage of the 12th Cavalry Regiment. The Presidential Unit Citation was awarded for this action. Read it online. Book Cover

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Leyte, 17 October 1944-1 July 1945, by Charles R. Anderson, prepared in the US Army Center of Military History. A 35 page brochure of a high level study that will introduce you to the Leyte campaign. Some maps and some mention of the 12th Cavalry Regiment. Two Presidential Unit Citations was awarded during this campaign, Ormoc Valley and Central Range  Read it online Book Cover

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Luzon, 15 December 1944-4 July 1945, by Dale Andrade, prepared in the US Army Center of Military History. A 31 page brochure of a high level study that will introduce you to the Luzon campaign. Some maps and some mention of the 12th Cavalry Regiment. Read it online Book Cover

Vietnam

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The Lost Battalion of Tet: Breakout of the 2/12th Cavalry at Hue, by Charles Krohn, published by Naval Institute Press. This revised edition commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Tet Offensive. It has a new preface, some additional photos and three new appendixes.  Book cover   Review   Mass Market Edition

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The Lost Battalion, by Charles Krohn, published by Praeger Publishing. Written by a former S-2 of 2/12 Cav who participated in the described actions. The book covers LZ Leslie & LZ Ross in January 1968 and the fight to Hue in early February 1968. The is the same period for which the 2/12 Cav received the Presidential Unit Citation. Nine men of the 2/12 Cav received DSC awards during the time frame of the PUC: Dobrinska, Gaskin, Gregory, Helvey, Lewis, Ring, Stone, Sweet and Taylor. Book Cover

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Battles in the Monsoon, by S.L.A. Marshall, published by William Morrow & Company. Written by military historian S.L.A. Marshall in his classic style of writing which is based on interviews with the survivors immediately after a battle. The chapter titled "Almost Hill 766" is about the actions of Company B, 2/12th Cavalry, led by Captain Joe Beeman, during Operation Crazy Horse in 1966. Although his story is not mentioned, this is the action for which  SSG Jimmy Stewart received the Medal of Honor. Another chapter "Men Facing Death" is the story of the Mortar Platoon of Company C, 1/12th Cavalry which was almost annihilated in May 1966 at LZ Hereford.

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Bird, by S.L.A. Marshall, published by The Battery Press. Written by military historian S.L.A. Marshall in his classic style of writing which is based on interviews with the survivors immediately after a battle. This book covers in great detail the December 27, 1966 fight by Company C, 1/12 Cav at LZ Bird. The Presidential Unit Citation was awarded for this action. SSgt Delbert Jennings was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at LZ Bird. Artillery After Action Memo Aerial Photo  Map  Book Cover

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So Proudly He Served: The Sam Bird Story, By Annette Bird, et al., published by Okarche Books. An inspirational story written by the wife of Sam Bird, commander of Company B, 2/12th Cavalry who suffered a devastating head wound in January 1967. He died of his wounds in October 1984.  

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Shiny Bayonet, by Michael O. Gregory, published by Trafford Publishing. Written by a member of Company B, 1/12 Cav who participated in the described actions. This is a historical account of the first combat operation of the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 12th Cavalry in October 1965. Cover

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Bloods, by Wallace Terry, published by Random House. A chapter on Lieutenant Joe Anderson, Platoon Leader in Company B, 1/12th Cavalry in 1966-1967. Cover

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Honor and Courage, by Gary Bowles & Ed Polonitza, published by Kensington Pond Books. An account of Company A 2/8 Cavalry in 1965-66. The book has two chapters on the May 21, 1966 fight at LZ Hereford where the mortar platoon of Company C, 1/12 Cavalry was decimated. Read it online: Chapter VI "Eagle Flight to Landing Zone Hereford" and Chapter VII "Death in a Small Place". Book Cover

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Incursion, by J.D. Coleman, published by St. Martins Press. Covers the 1st Cavalry Division from the move south in October 1968 thru the Cambodian Invasion ending in June 1970. Good coverage of both 1/12 Cav and 2/12 Cav. Book Cover

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Into Cambodia, by Keith W. Nolan, published by Presidio Press. Detailed account of 2/12 Cav operating in and around Rock Island East during May and June 1970. Book Cover

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Anatomy of a Division, by Shelby L. Stanton, published by Presidio Press. Covers the 1st Cavalry Division from the 11th Air Assault Division (Test) in 1963 to its closing days in Vietnam in June 1972. Good coverage of both 1/12 Cav and 2/12 Cav, especially the 2/12 Cav night move of February 4, 1968. Book Cover

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1st Air Cavalry Division, Volume 1, 1965-1969, Editor-in-Chief J.D. Coleman, published by 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). A commemorative sized book with plenty of excellent photographs, a series of maps designating the major combat actions of the division and each battalion's detailed history from August 1965 to December 1969. Book Cover

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Vietnam Studies Airmobility 1961-1971, by LTG John J. Tolson, published by the Department of the Army. Written by a former commander of the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). A large portion of the book is about the 1st Cav with very good coverage of Operation Pegasus (Khe Sanh) and Operation Delaware (A Shau Valley). LTG Tolson commanded the division during the early part of 1968. Read it online. Book Cover

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The American Cavalry in Vietnam "First Cav", by Jacues-Francois de Chaunac, translated by Lyman C. Duryea. A French author writes about the 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam from 1965 to 1972. Some detail of both 1/12th and 2/12th Cavalry operations. Book Cover

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The Cat From Hue, by John Laurence, published by Public Affairs. A CBS News TV correspondent who has a chapter that reports on a January 31, 1966 battle in Bong Son involving Co A, 2/12 Cav. Book Cover

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Everything We Had, by Al Santoli, published by Random House. An oral history of 33 Vietnam War veterans, including Robert Rawls' recollections titled "A Black GI". He was in Company A, 2/12th Cavalry, 1969-70. Book Cover

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It Took Heroes, Claude D. Newby, published by the Ballantine Publishing Group. A First Cav chaplain who provided religious services to 2/12 Cav in early 1969. Book Cover

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One Young Soldier, by Gary DeRinge, published by Outskirts Press. Gary was the Platoon Sergeant of the 3rd Platoon, Company D, 1/12th Cavalry in 1969 and this historical novel is based on his experiences.  Book Cover

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Year of the Horse - Vietnam, by Col. Kenneth D. Mertel, published by Exposition Press. Written by a former 1/8 Cav Battalion Commander about his tour in 1965 and 1966. There is minor mention of both 1/12 and 2/12 Cav.

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Combat Medic-Vietnam, by Craig Roberts, published by Pocket Books, a division of Simon & Schuster Inc. One story is of "Doc" Bosma from C Battery, 1/77 Artillery at PK-17 in February 1968. Although not about 2/12 Cav the Battery supported 2/12 Cav during the Battle for Hue.

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Boy Sergeant, Doug Warden, published by Tate Publishing. The book is an account of a draftee in Charlie Company, 1st BN, 12th Cavalry, from May, 1967 to May, 1968. Warden was a rifleman, RTO for the platoon and company, squad leader, platoon sergeant and platoon leader at various times during his tour. It is a straightforward account of the daily life of an infantryman in combat with the 1st Cavalry.

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A YOUNG SOLDIER’S MEMOIRS: My One Year Growing Up in 1965 Korea, self published by Julio A. Martinez. The pages of this book vividly conjure up the sights and smells and sounds of Martinez’s adventures in Korea. He enthusiastically spent every free moment traveling everywhere, taking hundreds of photographs, teaching himself to speak, read, and write the language. Nothing escaped his youthful eyes, from ancient temples to rice planting and harvesting to little known facets of the country’s rich 5,000 year old culture. His exuberance with each of his discoveries is faithfully recorded, as are the familiar things we all felt—homesickness and fear, camaraderie and purpose. If you want to see the Korea of forty-five years ago through the bright eyes of a nineteen-year old soldier from Texas with a truly remarkable memory for every detail, this is the best way to do it. --William Roskey Author of MUFFLED SHOTS: A Year on the DMZ.

Iraq

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Beyond Duty, by Shannon Meehan, Published by John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated. Lt. Shannon Meehan was a decorated tank commander with Delta Company, 1/12th Cavalry, who was displaying exceptional leadership abilities during his tour of duty in Iraq. On one mission, when they were clearing a dangerous area house by house, he called in an air strike on a suspected insurgents location. He followed all procedure and even went further, sending loudspeakers and translators directly in front of the house to warn everyone inside to get out. Despite visual identification, local Intel, loudspeaker warnings, the worst happened. The precision guided bomb destroyed a house with a family inside. Beyond Duty is the story of how Lt. Meehan has been struggling with the consequences of his decision.

Special Mention Books

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The 13th Valley, by John M. Delvecchio, published by Bantam Books. A New York Times best seller written by a former 101st Airborne Division combat correspondent who worked in the A Shau area during 1970. This fictional account is based on a composite of actual events from several operations. If you worked in the A Shau or the mountains outside of A Shau valley then you will relate to this detailed account of the day to day operations of an infantry platoon. Simply, the best account of what it was really like for a grunt in the mountains of western I Corps. Book Cover

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Stolen Valor, by B.G. Burkett & Glenna Whitney, published by Verity Press. Debunks the myths and stereotypes of the Vietnam War and exposes and unmasks phony "wannabe a Vietnam War hero" imposters to include actors and authors. A very impressive, must read book. There is a "Stolen Valor" web site. Book Cover

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