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Reviewed by Paul Johnson for Readers' Favorite
Staff Sergeant Larry FitzGerald, code name Reaper 6, was a U.S. Army Special Forces soldier deployed to Vietnam in 1965. As a member of a Special Ops team he reported to only two men: Generals Westmoreland and Abrams, the commanders of all the U.S. Armed Forces. His first assignment, one that lasted many months, was a mission to assassinate four enemy generals in Laos to delay the planning OF the 1967 Tet invasion. This mission was never disclosed to the media or the public. Because of his actions, General Westmoreland said FitzGerald deserved the Medal of Honor, and a large number Purple Hearts. Unfortunately, this mission and most of his later ones were conducted out of South Vietnam, in Cambodia, Laos, and North Vietnam. All his missions during his three tours of duty were classified, covert, and denied. They have not been disclosed until now. "Reaper 6" is the only biography of this extraordinary soldier's life.
This is truly an amazing narrative. Although reading somewhat like a documentary at times, it is an incredible account of A long ago war, seen from a different perspective. From the beginning, when FitzGerald began his training, until the end of his third tour, the reader will get insight into things undisclosed so far. As a member of a Special Ops team, FitzGerald and his comrades were subjected to the harshest realities of war. It has been said that war can sometimes be classified as weeks or months of sheer boredom culminating in minutes of sheer terror. This wasn’t the case for FitzGerald and his team. From day one ‘in country’ they were stressed almost beyond belief. And even as amazing as this story is the fact that at the end of his third deadly tour, FitzGerald was only 23 year old.