By Eric Blehm
The unforgettable account and brave activities of the U.S. Army’s 240th attack Helicopter corporation and eco-friendly Beret employees Sergeant Roy Benavidez, who risked every thing to rescue a unique Forces workforce trapped at the back of enemy lines.
In Legend, acclaimed bestselling writer Eric Blehm takes as his canvas the Vietnam conflict, as obvious via a unmarried venture that happened on might 2, 1968. A twelve-man particular Forces group have been covertly inserted right into a small clearing within the jungles of impartial Cambodia—where U.S. forces have been forbidden to function. Their goal, simply miles over the Vietnam border, used to be to assemble proof that proved the North Vietnamese military was once utilizing the Cambodian sanctuary as a massive conduit for providing troops and materiel to the south through the Ho Chi Minh path. What the staff didn’t comprehend was once they had infiltrated a piece of jungle that hid an incredible enemy base. quickly they discovered themselves surrounded by way of hundreds of thousands of NVA, below assault, low on ammunition, stacking the our bodies of the useless as disguise in a determined try to continue to exist the onslaught.
whilst exact Forces employees Sergeant Roy Benavidez heard the misery name, he jumped aboard the subsequent helicopter sure for the strive against area with no hesitation. Orphaned on the age of 7, Benavidez had picked cotton along his family members as a toddler and dropped out of faculty as a young person sooner than becoming a member of the military. even though he used to be grievously wounded in the course of his first journey of responsibility in Vietnam and informed he may by no means stroll back, Benavidez fought his means back—ultimately incomes his eco-friendly beret.
What could develop into legend within the specified Operations group. Flown into the foray of conflict through the brave pilots and workforce of the 240th attack Helicopter corporation, Benavidez jumped from the soaring airplane, and ran approximately a hundred yards via withering enemy hearth. regardless of being instantly and critically wounded, Benavidez reached the fringe of the decimated workforce, supplied remedy, and proceeded to arrange a rare security and rescue. throughout the hours-long conflict, he was once bayoneted, shot, and hit via grenade shrapnel greater than thirty occasions, but he refused to desert his efforts until eventually each survivor used to be out of harm’s method.
Written with huge entry to family, surviving individuals of the 240th attack Helicopter corporation, on-the-ground eye-witness debts by no means ahead of released, in addition to lately chanced on archival, and declassified army files, Blehm has created a riveting narrative either one of Roy Benavidez’s existence and occupation, and of the inspiring, virtually unimaginable occasions that outlined the brotherhood of the air and flooring warriors in an unpopular struggle midway worldwide. Legend recounts the braveness and dedication of these who fought in Vietnam in carrier in their nation, and the tale of 1 of the various unsung heroes of the battle, whose activities will be scrutinized for greater than a decade in a conflict for an extended past due, and what many think was once an unjustly denied, Medal of Honor.
The case used to be reopened 13 years later, in 1980, whilst an extended lost—and believed dead—Green Beret eyewitness whom Benavidez had rescued that day, got here forth and wrote a press release that exposed, as soon as and for all, what occurred on that fateful day in could of 1968.