American Marines arrived at Chu Lai, South Vietnam in May 1965. Over the next several months, the Marines not only engaged the enemy in brutal combat, but also had to contend with the harsh climate and rough terrain, which took its toll on the men not only physically but mentally.
The inexperienced Marines, who were mostly teenagers, engaged the enemy troops, known as the Viet Cong, who had been fighting South Vietnamese forces for twenty years.
Over the next three months, the Marines fought the Viet Cong insurgents near the airbase. On August 18, two battalions of marines, including the third battalion, third marines, engaged the First Viet Cong regiment in the first major battle of the Vietnam War between American forces and communist troops. The brutal five-day operation, known as Starlite, was a major victory for the Marines.
Author Robert Seiber joined the United States Marines at the age of seventeen in 1963. He took part in Starlite.
About the Author
Robert Seiber was born in Tennessee, but raised in Minnesota. After two tours in Vietnam in which he received two purple hearts, he worked for a major equipment manufacturer for thirty years. He is retired and now lives in Victoria, British Columbia, where he spends most of his time fishing. This is his first book. His next is a murder mystery.