Legend: The Incredible Story of Green Beret Sergeant Roy Benavidez's Heroic Mission to Rescue a Special Forces Team Caught Behind Enemy Lines

Legend: The Incredible Story of Green Beret Sergeant Roy Benavidez's Heroic Mission to Rescue a Special Forces Team Caught Behind Enemy Lines

Eric Blehm / May 27, 2019

Legend The Incredible Story of Green Beret Sergeant Roy Benavidez s Heroic Mission to Rescue a Special Forces Team Caught Behind Enemy Lines The unforgettable account and courageous actions of the U S Army s th Assault Helicopter Company and Green Beret staff sergeant Roy Benavidez who risked everything to rescue a Special Forces team

  • Title: Legend: The Incredible Story of Green Beret Sergeant Roy Benavidez's Heroic Mission to Rescue a Special Forces Team Caught Behind Enemy Lines
  • Author: Eric Blehm
  • ISBN: 9780804139519
  • Page: 477
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The unforgettable account and courageous actions of the U.S Army s 240th Assault Helicopter Company and Green Beret staff sergeant Roy Benavidez, who risked everything to rescue a Special Forces team trapped behind enemy linesIn Legend, acclaimed bestselling author Eric Blehm takes as his canvas the Vietnam War, as seen through a single mission that occurred on May 2, 196The unforgettable account and courageous actions of the U.S Army s 240th Assault Helicopter Company and Green Beret staff sergeant Roy Benavidez, who risked everything to rescue a Special Forces team trapped behind enemy linesIn Legend, acclaimed bestselling author Eric Blehm takes as his canvas the Vietnam War, as seen through a single mission that occurred on May 2, 1968 A twelve man Special Forces team had been covertly inserted into a small clearing in the jungles of neutral Cambodia where U.S forces were forbidden to operate Their objective, just miles over the Vietnam border, was to collect evidence that proved the North Vietnamese Army was using the Cambodian sanctuary as a major conduit for supplying troops and materiel to the south via the Ho Chi Minh Trail What the team didn t know was that they had infiltrated a section of jungle that concealed a major enemy base Soon they found them selves surrounded by hundreds of NVA troops, under attack, low on ammunition, and stacking the bodies of the dead as cover in a desperate attempt to survive the onslaught.When Special Forces staff sergeant Roy Benavidez heard the distress call, he jumped aboard the next helicopter bound for the combat zone without hesitation Orphaned at the age of seven, Benavidez had picked cotton alongside his family as a child and dropped out of school as a teen before joining the Army Although he was grievously wounded during his first tour of duty in Vietnam and told he would never walk again, Benavidez fought his way back ultimately earning his green beret.What followed would become legend in the Special Operations community Flown into the foray of battle by the courageous pilots and crew of the 240th Assault Helicopter Company, Benavidez jumped from the hovering aircraft and ran nearly 100 yards through withering enemy fire Despite being immediately and severely wounded, Benavidez reached the perimeter of the decimated team, provided medical care, and proceed ed to organize an extraordinary defense and rescue During the hours long battle, he was bayoneted, shot, and hit by grenade shrapnel than thirty times, yet he refused to abandon his efforts until every survivor was out of harm s way.

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    1. This is the incredible and heroic story of Roy Benevidez and ultimately the service he and his fellow soldiers, gave to their country during the Vietnam War. During an engagement on the wrong side of the Cambodian border Roy volunteers, on instinct, to go into a no win situation and do what ever he can. “If someone needs help, you help them”, was something his Uncle taught him and that he always followed, and in this case it results in some f the most courageous and selfless actions one coul [...]


    2. I received this book as a First reads give away,I was intrigued by the story of Sergeant Roy Benavidez.Roy cane from humble beginnings and wanted to be a soldier,After reaching his goal he was quick tempered as he was as a adolescent,Got in to some trouble and survived it,He took as his personal motto the U.S.M.A.Motto Duty,Honor,Country!He survived Airborne training and gained the coveted Green Beret.After being severely wounded on his first tour in Vietnam he eventually returned to Vietnam an [...]


    3. OK -- if there was ever a person who deserved the Congressional Medal of Honor, it would be Roy Benavides. What makes this story so compelling is that it unfolds over several hours, involves dozens of soldiers on both the ground and in helicopters and as such, the reader is drawn into turning the page to see what happens and who survives and who does not. The maps are superb.Once the action starts in Cambodia ca. 1968, the pace does not let up. I stayed up past my bed time. The author does a goo [...]


    4. This story is about Staff Sgt. Roy Benavidez a Green Beret who risked his own life to rescue another team that was pinned downed in Cambodia. This was time during the Vietnam War that our leaders wanted to stop the supplies that were coming in from Cambodia, during the Johnson administration. Lack of communication was just one of the problems that day. This book begins with his early life losing both parents and being taken in by and Aunt and Uncle, along with their grandfather. The grandfather [...]


    5. thebookatlas/2015/Legend, an incredible story about war and the courage of Roy Benavidez. [4.5/5 stars]'The antidote for fifty enemies is one friend - Aristotle'When Benavidez thinks he has nowhere to go, his parents both gone, he goes to live with the Benavidez-family. His uncle teaches him (and the reader) some very valuable life-lessons, such as: 'If someone needs help, you help them.' or 'No matter what you do, always try to be the very best.' Roy Benavidez quits school and decides to join t [...]


    6. Author Eric Blehm's specialty seems to be writing about extraordinary men thrust into harrowing battle situations and performing almost unbelievable feats of heroism. And he writes these gripping stories extraordinarily well and in exacting detail. If you enjoy reading about how men perform in the confusion, noise, and life or death of combat, I highly recommend this book. This is the second of Blehm's books I have read, having devoured 'Fearless' a couple of years ago and enjoying that one as w [...]


    7. Outstanding. Although a Vietnam veteran and an avid reader of military history, I have shied away from books about Vietnam until somewhat recently. But it is reading about the personal battles, many of which took place after the return home, I feel I can finally admit publicly that I am proud of my military service and proud of my service in Vietnam. For many years that was not possible. This is true story about one battle of one courageous Green Baret sergeant that ran to the guns when he didn' [...]


    8. Very Good storyCan't get much better than a true story of a Congressional Medal of Honor winner. It is a great piece of writing.



    9. Insightful, accurate and should be convicting to some of the politicans and military leaders during that time. In this story Blehm puts his finger on why the Viet Nam Conflict was all wrong from the getgo. Military leader's egos, political agendas, and failed reasoning all paid for by the blood of the common soldier in VN. The team of soldiers in the historical fact never had a chance, to begin with. By sheer love and devotion to one another and the mindset to never give up the fight, some retur [...]


    10. This was a great nonfiction book; why'd I only give it three stars?Well, you have to be in the mood to read nonfiction. And even though this is a true story, as told by one person, a combination of their research, that is talking to other people combined with government documents to make sure there really was such a person, etc. It is the same story you have read before, about any person who is an insanely brave soldier. But after reading , I just upgraded it to 4 stars.I pray to holy Jesus that [...]


    11. History we need to know, told in an utterly riveting way. That's how I'd describe "Legend."If you read James Bradley's "Flags of our Fathers" and "Flyboys" for World War II, then you should read "Legend" for the Vietnam War and Karl Marlantes novel "Matterhorn" also.This book focuses on Special Forces staff sergeant Roy Benavidez, who willingly placed himself in grave danger on behalf of his fellow soldiers, and who saved multiple lives while sustaining terrible injuries. Ultimately, he was reco [...]


    12. "LEGEND," the story of Green Beret Staff Sergeant Roy Benavidez, is a story that needed to be told. Roy Benavidez is an American Hero, who we should honor for his selfless service, and sacrifice to this country. None of my review reflects on this inspiring, and courageous man, who I was honored to read about."LEGEND," never gets it feet underneath it. The book is bogged down in minutiae instead of story, and it lays flat on the page, never making a connection to the reader. Whereas "FEARLESS," I [...]



    13. Duty, honor, country one man's credo, lived to the nth degree!Author Eric Blehm has done it, again, delivering up a book depicting the incredible story of Green Beret Sergeant Roy Benavidez's heroics during one battle of the U.S.'s war in Vietnam.Against numerically-superior enemy forces, Sergeant Benavidez is helecoptered into a battle that is all but lost, rallying the handful of survivors (many of whom are severely wounded) into continuing to defend the small piece of ground they find themsel [...]


    14. This is one impressive human being. Legend is a depressing and emotional snapshot of war. It is also a snapshot of the overall lack of respect for the men that fought in Vietnam. Mostly, Legend tries to help right a wrong regarding an American hero. This was not the first book I have read about Vietnam. But this is the first time I have heard of Staff Sergeant Roy Benavidez. This man is a great example of how a person can rise above their environment to pursue self-mastery and reach a sense of s [...]


    15. An Indomitable Spirit Legend is a compelling, appealing story about a true American hero, Sgt. Roy Benavidez, Sgt. Benavidez merits our appreciation and respect on every level. In a time in our national politics when the contributions to our country by people of Hispanic origin are depreciated at the highest level in the land, we are reminded of the story of Sgt. Benavidez. His indomitable spirit, sacrifice, and devotion to duty made a difference for the men that he saved from his team. I hope t [...]


    16. I found the middle of the book a bit of a slog, but appreciated the information later. Wow, what an incredible human. Motivated by the desire to do what was right and to give help to those who needed it- the world needs more people of Roy Benavidez’s honor & character. His bravery was so exceptional that most people would never have need of it, but he had it and used it to a level that is amazing.


    17. I wish that my 18 year-old self had been able to read this so that when Roy P. Benavidez spoke at West Point in October 1981, I had been able to truly appreciate what he had done to win the Medal of Honor.Eric Blehm presented this story is an incredibly readable way so that when you finished the story you were amazed that anyone survived and mourned for people you would never get the chance to meet.


    18. A "must read"Tears were in my eyes as I came to the conclusion of this book. So grateful for the sacrifices of soldiers like Sergeant Benavidez and the many others. This book does a great job telling the story of what it was like in Vietnam during that time.


    19. Very compelling story of an unbelievable mission that resulted in the Medal of Honor being award to Sgt Roy Benavidez; many years later because of the awards board and our leaders failed to recognize the men fighting in Cambodia.



    20. I can't think of a book that had a greater impact on me, ever, than this one. What's more amazing to me is that this isn't a fabricated story, it's a reality these men survived.



    21. So much to take in. I cannot quite believe just how brave these guys were in the face of almost certain death. Unbelievable story.



    22. I don't even know where to begin. Superhuman, and a bootstrap American story worth reading and remembering.




    23. If you ever want to feel completely inadequate as a human being, read the story of modern-day Spartan, Roy Benevidez and his actions behind enemy lines in the Vietnam War. Totally inspiring and completely unbelievable, I would have a hard time believing it we're it not for official records and numerous first-hand witnesses. This is an amazing story about an amazing person. His actions ultimately earned him the highest medal of honor America can bestow, the Congressional Medal of Honor.


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