9781472807915

Company of Heroes A Forgotten Medal of Honor and Bravo Company’s War in Vietnam

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    9781472807915

  • ISBN10:

    147280791X

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 3/24/2015
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing

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Summary

On May 10, 1970, during the Cambodian Incursion, Army Specialist Leslie Sabo Jr., 22-years old, married only 30 days before shipping out and on active duty for just 6 months, died as his patrol was ambushed near a remote border area of Cambodia. When an enemy grenade landed near a wounded comrade, Sabo used his body to shield the soldier from the blast. Despite being mortally injured, he crawled towards the enemy emplacement and threw a grenade into the bunker. The explosion silenced the enemy fire, but also ended Sabo's life. This attack by North Vietnamese troops killed eight of Sabo's fellow soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division and would come to be known as the "Mother's Day Ambush." Sabo's commanders nominated him for the Medal of Honor, but the request was somehow lost. A campaign to correct the oversight began in 1999, ultimately leading to legislation that eliminated the three-year time limit on awarding this medal.

Forty-two years after his selfless acts of heroism during the Vietnam War saved the lives of his fellow soldiers; Leslie H. Sabo Jr. posthumously received the Medal of Honor on May 16, 2012.

Using military records and interviews with surviving soldiers, journalist Eric Poole recreates the terror of combat amidst the jungles and rice paddies as Bravo Company 3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne forged bonds of brotherhood in their battle for survival. Company of Heroes offers an insight into the incredible and harrowing experiences of just a small number of men from a single unit, deep in the jungles of Vietnam and Cambodia.

Author Biography

In nearly 20 years as a reporter and columnist, Eric Poole has received more than 30 regional, statewide, and national journalism awards for subjects ranging from sports to the environment and business to politics. In 2008, Poole received first-place Keystone Awards from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association for general column writing and for special subject with "Act of Courage," the story upon which his first book Forgotten Honor was based.

He has interviewed some of America's most illustrious figures, including presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, Pittsburgh Steelers President and US Ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney, and was part of the audience for Leslie Sabo's Medal of Honor award ceremony.

Poole is a reporter for the Ellwood City Ledger and Beaver County Times newspapers in the Calkins Media chain. Previously, he was a reporter and editor for Gateway Publications (now part of the Tribune-Review's Trib Total Media chain). The author lives in Ellwood City, PA.

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