Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1940. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. xiii, , 306 pages. Endpaper map. Illustrations. Maps. Roster. Ex-library with the usual markings. Numerous B/W illustrations and maps scattered through the book. Fold out of unit personnel at rear of book. Russell Gordon Carter was an American author. Born in 1892 in New Jersey. He died in 1957. His ambition was always to become a writer. After a stint as a reporter and magazine editor and serving in the army in the First World War, he began to work as a freelance writer and novelist. He soon became a prolific author, with over 30 titles to his name as well as numerous short stories. His books, influenced by his experiences in the war, had a military theme. He also seems to have been fond of animals as they appear in a number of his books. Both these themes come together in his one horse story, which was based upon his relationship with his sorrel horse Shaggy during the war. The website which his daughter had set up to commemorate him is no more.
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Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1996. First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. xiv, 205,  pages. Includes Acknowledgments, Foreword, Introduction, Epilogue, Appendix, and Index. This is one of the Naval Institute Special Warfare Series. James C. Donahue joined the Marine Corps when he was seventeen years old and subsequently served with the Marines through the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Once discharged from the Corps, he enlisted in the Army and volunteered for Special Forces. As a Green Beret, he served with the 6th and 7th Special Forces Groups (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Vietnam. Donahue fought with Detachment A-343 at Duc-Phong and Mobile Guerrilla Force Detachments A-303, A-304, A-361, B-36 at Bien-Hoa, No-Ngoc-Tao, and Trang-Sup. He earned a master's degree in social sciences at the State University of New York at Buffalo. His first book, No Greater Love, was awarded the Freedom Foundation's George Washington Honor Medal. Award-winning author James C. Donahue was a member of the Mobile Guerrilla Force, an experimental Army Special Forces unit conceived to emulate the tactics of Vietcong guerrillas. This authentic firsthand account of Operation Blackjack-31 chronicles the first foray of 13 hand-picked Green Berets and a company of free Cambodian guerrillas into War Zone D--the VC's secret zone about which allied intelligence knew little or nothing--in January 1967. Their orders were to conduct guerrilla operations for an undetermined period, without artillery support or possibility of reinforcement. Detachment A-303 turned the suicide mission into a dramatic success.