Silent Heroes

A Recon Marine's Vietnam War Experience

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
312 Pages
Reviewed on 07/14/2017
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Author Biography

Gunny Greenberg wanted to be a Marine as far back as he could remember. Once he even lied about his age to a recruiter in order to receive Marine Corps brochures. As soon as he turned eighteen, he joined the Corps and on the 10th of December 1968, he began boot camp.
After basic training, Greeny, as he would later be called by his Recon buddies, was assigned to Infantry. After he completed communication school.
On September 10th, 1969, Greeny landed at Da Nang Vietnam. and was assigned to the First Reconnaissance Battalion.
After ten days of Recon training, Greenberg was assigned to Alpha Company, Alpha Ace. He soon learned, in order to stay alive in the jungles of Vietnam; he needed experience. Watching his team leader and fellow Marines he learned what it took to be a Recon Marine.
After twelve months, he took the freedom bird home. He continued to serve the Corps in Engineer Support Company, and in 1990 was called into active duty to fight in the Gulf War. Staff Sergeant Greenberg was tasked as the chief convoy commander for Engineers Support Company. His mission, to keep the battalion forward resupplied.
Maneuvering his trucks and men through sand storms and single lane combat roads which laid between Iraqi mine fields, Greenberg was always vigilant for the Iraqi artillery ambush. Staff Sergeant Greenberg and his truck operators successfully kept battalion forward resupplied while transporting hundreds of Iraqi prisoners behind the American lines. He retired in October 1993.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

Silent Heroes: A Recon Marine's Vietnam War Experience by Rick Greenberg is historical fiction that will transport readers to the Vietnam era, allowing them to have a clear peek into the realities of war, a story with realistic and compelling characters. What does it feel like to be involved in a bloody war? The story of retired U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Rick Greenberg will unveil the perils of war to readers. Greenberg had just finished high school and had done a stint at the radio communication school in San Diego when he joined the Corps.

Upon his arrival in Vietnam he is assigned to the First Recon Battalion, an elite unit usually composed of volunteers. He has to learn quickly, adapt quickly, and understand the dangers of being at the front lines of war. As the reader gets into this compelling story, they understand that the slightest mistake can have the soldier coming home in a body bag. Read on to discover a story of bravery, of courage, and of a war that was as incomprehensible to the soldiers as were the dangers involved.

Silent Heroes: A Recon Marine's Vietnam War Experience is beautifully written — I didn’t know that soldiers were great storytellers. Rick Greenberg paints a vivid picture of his Vietnam experience, a story that will virtually take the reader’s breath away. There is intense action and the reader is intrigued from the very first page. This is a captivating military story with great potential to entice fans of the genre. Vietnam has inspired many military tales, and this one is another must-read story with a vivid and powerful setting in the Vietnam war.