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  • Uncommon Valor

  • The Recon Company that Earned Five Medals of Honor and Included America’s Most Decorated Green Beret
  • By: Stephen L. Moore
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Categories: History, Americas
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Summary

Uncommon Valor is a look into the formation and operation of an advanced Special Forces recon company during the Vietnam War. 

Code-named the Studies and Observations Group, SOG was the most covert US military unit in its time and contained only volunteers from such elite units as the Army's Green Berets, Navy SEALs, and Air Force Air Commandos. SOG warriors operated in small teams, going behind enemy lines in Laos and Cambodia and along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, tasked with performing special reconnaissance, sabotaging North Vietnamese Army ammunition, attempting to rescue downed US pilots, and other black ops missions. 

During that time, Forward Operating Base-2's (FOB-2's) recon company became the most highly decorated unit of the Vietnam War, with five of its men earning the Medal of Honor and eight earning the Distinguished Service Cross - America's second highest military award for valor. Purple Hearts were earned by SOG veterans at a pace unparalleled in American wars of the 20th century, with casualties at times exceeding 100 percent. One, Bob Howard, was wounded on 14 different occasions, received eight Purple Hearts, was written up after three different missions for the Medal of Honor, and emerged from Vietnam as the most highly decorated soldier since World War II's Audie Murphy.

©2018 Stephen L. Moore (P)2020 Tantor

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An excellent book , very thorough and informative. really enjoyed it throughout. I recommend this for a bigger picture understanding of the risks these chaps took.

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It's a must read. Well written & narrated

The best book ive read on the vietnam war. So informative with detailed description of us and nva troop movements

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  • John
  • 03-07-20

simply outstanding

This is an eye opening, gut wrenching, and in some cases almost unbelievable account of the secret war in Laos and Cambodia. I recommend this book to anyone that has a love for the military, its history, and those occasional moments where we are privy to secrets that almost no one knew about In a different era. these men deserve to be remembered, and celebrated. I am glad to know of their service and sacrifice.

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  • Lisa
  • 02-07-20

the best

it was by far the best book I have purchased. it was enthralling and captivating. the narrations was mesmerizing and made it hard to turn off. The details and story line was first rate. I highly recommend this writting. well done. I still cant phantom doing the things that they did. men of conviction and valor. humbling. thank you

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  • A. J. Campagna
  • 12-06-20

Best single book on the nearly complete history.

Of many over the years I found this to be the singular best book on macv sog unit history though mainly of cc central.

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  • William R. Todd-Mancillas (Name includes hyphen and camptalized M)
  • 18-05-20

Unbelievably impressive, heroic,skilled engagement

Narration: engaging, clear, compelling. Story: military achievements so impressive they hardly seem credible, but these action reports are for real. Amazing. Conclusion: recommended

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  • SRT Bravo
  • 17-05-20

Excellent

One of, if not the best MACVSOG book I read to date. Well written and narrated. I would recommend to anyone that would like to know what heroism and patriotism meant during the Vietnam Conflict.

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  • SUBY fan
  • 27-02-20

One of the best books on the SOG in Vietnam.

Extremely detailed book on the Green Berets flying out of Kontum, Vietnam. Largest amount of Medal of Honors awarded to any one unit.

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  • Clark
  • 16-07-20

Why can’t readers pronounce words correctly?

“C””A””R”15? Really? Is a “CAR-15”. Totally unnecessary to have to listen to. Do better

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  • Red
  • 27-06-20

Fantasticly informative!

Very detailed book. A group of men that are LONG OVERDUE recognition. These are stories ALL AMERICANS should read or listen to.

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  • allan mcclane
  • 12-04-20

about time

tells it like it was misses other groups involved and other out posts an long term effects on survivors worst case was intel rhat was not acted on

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-11-20

Sicc wicced m8

Straight up this is the second best sog book ever written, right behind John Stryker “Tilt” Meyer’s book Across the Fence. Lots of great information, backstory, great cross examination between different teams at any given time. Loved it, except for the parts where he mentioned Nixon - we tend to forget that buffoon was ever even a president.