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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 more than thirty times, yet he refused to abandon his efforts until every survivor was out of harm’s way....

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

  •  Charlie - A Reading Machine
    2019-03-04 10:22

    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 could ever hope/fear to read about on the battlefield.We learn about his harsh upbringing. Losing his father, then being abandoned by a step father after his mother also passed resulted in his Uncle taking him and his brother in. Working in the fields and contributing where he could he learnt what is it was to be proud of his family name and have something to live up to. It is a really interesting discovery of Roy’s character and at no time did I find myself thinking “Come on get to the action” as I sometimes do with military non fiction like this.One thing that struck me when looking at the photos was how incredibly young they all are. These kids being given the awesome responsibility of flying helicopters in and out or war zones, killing people just like themselves, it just blows the mind what brave and promising young men these were and what a waste it was to lose them so cheaply.It is very well written and I give kudos to Blehm for pacing and arranging things, and bring the characters to life in such a manner that they don’t all blend into one band of brothers.Legend will leave you breathless and thankful for the sacrifice of these incredible human beings.This book was provided to me by Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review

  • Patrick Belair
    2019-03-04 14:26

    I received this book as a Goodreads 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 and passed into legend.Roy's true bravery and selfless courage are the standards Special forces known for,weather Ranger, Seal,Marine,SaS and countless others around the globe.I won't tell more of the story read it your self you won't regret it !!

  • Cropredy
    2019-03-04 15:36

    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 good job telling the story from the point of view of the soldiers on the ground who were under an intense NVA assault, long before Benavides arrives on the scene. Kudos to the author for getting all of the eyewitness accounts and digging through the after action reports.How could the book have been better?1. The author should have included a Notes section to back up the quotes and scene descriptions. There was no bibliography. The absence of both is surprising and can cause one to question certain bits.2. No effort was made (or mentioned) to find any NVA participants and get their side of the story3.There was no analysis done at all as to whether the specific mission was worth doing, whether the whole SOG program was worth the cost, or what lessons were learned and applied. We get a story - no more, no less about one day in Cambodia, just across the South Vietnamese border.One thing I found surprising was how straight-up the book was about the US Army individuals and systems that day. Everyone knew their job, did their job, were extremely brave, and exhibited high levels of professionalism. Exactly how one would expect a well-trained military force to be. This book does not in any way present the well-known US Army dysfunction in Vietnam. There are no ticket punchers, no drug abuse, no fragging. The ARVN soldiers who were part of the mission are selfless and skilled. I have no reason to doubt the story - and the soldiers were Green Berets, not draftees. Readers wanting a richer depiction of the war in Vietnam should consider 'We Were Soldiers, Once and Young" (by Harold Moore; non-fiction about a day's battle in the Ia Drang Valley; "Matterhorn" by Karl Malantes (fiction) and "13th Valley" (fiction) by John Del Vecchio. And, for a truly depressing story of the US military high command - "The Generals" by Thomas Ricks.

  • P.e. lolo
    2019-02-20 13:31

    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 would pass along stories and it is because of these stories and that you help your fellow man that you are lead up to the day and the battle that is taking place. Roy is on his way to breakfast when one of the helicopters is coming in for fuel and ammo. He over hears the crew talking and knowing that a team went out earlier he asks about one of his friends and is told about what is taking place, he immediately grabs his medic kit and hopes into the helicopter. When he gets to the area he can barely see two of the men but he can see all of the rounds being fired, he asks the crew to drop him off which was about 75 yards from where this giant ant hill was and where a few were hold up. He ran across zig sagging but still took a round to the leg. He made to the hill with medical supplies and more ammo which they were running out of. As the battle grew more the spotter called in for an all-out code signaling that a troop was about to be overrun. Though they were in Cambodia within 5- 10 minutes he had multiple jets dropping bombs, napalm, firing there cannons and yet the enemy still were coming in mass amounts. Roy had got the other men together plus a member of a down helicopter crew, and they were putting up a last stand or so they thought. One of the helicopters only took half the fuel and added extra ammo and rockets and by losing their two door gunners two Warrant officers step up and they took off with a crew of entirely officers, unheard of. When they arrived they knew they had one last attempt at a rescue because of darkness, when they went in Roy and another man got all of the men in plus Roy went back to get more and to double check, he was wounded multiple times and collapse on the floor of the helicopter. Because when they went in they were dressed liked the enemy they had actually put Roy in a body bag thinking he was the enemy and dead, until the Sgt. Major told them to get him out and they felt a faint pulse, he was rushed to a hospital. The survivors were all sent to different hospitals and had thought that no one made it out. It was not until a story made it to the newspaper and one of the survivors wrote the Army that people were realizing what other people already knew that Roy was a Hero and should be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. It would be thirteen years later but it did happen. I of course am leaving out a lot from this book but this is a great read for everyone and I do want to mention the 240th Assault helicopter Company who provided support and lost three helicopters and crew members that day in rescue attempts and providing support for them. Once again this goes to show you the brave men from all of the wars and these men from Vietnam are finally getting their stories told. What a legacy for the Green Berets as well, and his family. A great book. I got this book from net galley.

  • Anna
    2019-02-23 11:36, 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 the army, like he always wanted. Every time he had to work in the cotton fields, he pretends to be a soldier. We read about the first adventures and struggles as he tries to achieve his dream; being a paratrooper. Although he has some major setbacks, he eventually becomes a Green Beret-Fighting soldiers from the sky Fearless men who jump and die Men who mean just what they say The brave men of the Green BeretNext, we are reading about May 2, 1968. This is probably the most important part of the story as Benavidez voluntarily joins a bloodbath in Cambodia. He intends to save the team who was already there for a couple hours, because the previous extraction failed and helicopters had crashed. Can he save the remaining men of the team? Or will he die on the battlefield too?The story switches between the story about Benavidez and information about the war in Vietnam. I was hooked from the first chapter and really enjoyed learning more about the Vietnam war. As a Dutch girl, I know almost everything there is to know about World War II, but the other wars aren't covered as much in our History lessons, so I was very curious to learn more about this. Although it sometimes felt like I was reading either a newspaper article or a History book we use at school, it was perfectly fine and it was in balance: not too much of the one and not too much of the other. This book is nothing like I read before. I found myself absorbed in the story and read it in two sittings. I was glad to find out that war wasn't romanticized as much as I expected it to be, as some other war-themed books do. I think it's good to read a book like this from time to time, because it makes you think about all the soldiers out there, all the wars that are being fought this very moment. I would for sure recommend it to anyone and I'm rating it 4.5 stars.This book was provided to me by Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

  • Dave
    2019-03-15 13:28

    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 well. I received an advance copy of "Legend' through the Goodreads giveaway lottery, and am very grateful I did.Without spoiling the story, this is about Green Beret Staff Sargent Roy Benavides's heroism deep in the jungles of SE Asia on May 2, 1968 during the height of the Viet Nam War. He earned a well deserved Medal of Honor for his crucial roll in rescuing eight special forces soldiers from almost certain death as they were surrounded by the enemy. The detail and vividness of the story are incredible and keep the reader on the edge of his seat. Blehm also manages to convey the sad facts of how politics, pride, and downright arrogance sometimes placed American troops in needless peril in an ill conceived war. As the author notes, the American soldier DID NOT loose the war in Viet Nam - he was not permitted to win it by politicians and others. Given that fact, its a dirty shame so many good young men were killed and injured in this conflict, when they were doing their patriotic duty and soldiering the best they knew how.

  • Vern
    2019-03-05 14:45

    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't have to, and his actions that day are truly the thing of legends. The most important thing you will get out of this book, if you are not a veteran yourself, is that these guys, and now days to a greater degree women, don't do these things to bring glory to themselves or to their county. They do it for because of their love and respect for their fellow troopies. As veteran reading this it will also bring home how often the troopies were ordered to do something really stupid by a dumb-as-dirt officer. Something most of us already knew.

  • Dennis
    2019-02-22 14:22

    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.

  • Lenny Grosso
    2019-02-24 15:15

    Big fan of Eric Blehm. Great book!

  • Phil
    2019-03-16 10:33

    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 returned to tell of the mission. Roy Benavidez was a hero to himself, his family and most importantly to the people he saved. More people should read this story in order to understand why military occupation doesn't work - Not in Viet Nam, not Iraq, not in Afghanistan and not anywhere. We should not be the police of the world.This is a well written and well-documented book.

  • Shawn
    2019-03-18 17:24

    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 Wikipedia, I just upgraded it to 4 stars.I pray to holy Jesus that Donald Trump reads this book! In President Reagan's speech giving Benavidez the Congressional Medal of Honor, Reagan said (and he WOULD know): if you read this in a movie script, you would not believe it.Dear Mr. Trump:Read this book, about a family of poor, stinking Mexicans you want to build a wall to keep out, who work harder than ANY American is able to do, from birth until death! (Sorry, I am very scared that that dimwit, racist, lying, power-hungry, 1% richest American Billionaire pr*ck Trump is going to be president, and my family will have to leave America, ruined, forever.Just read the Wiki article instead of the book, if you want to save time. I DO like the book gives time to how difficult it is to work 12 hour days picking crops, for Mexican families, in America. And I like the illustration of what keeps every human being strong: in this case, when your parents die and you are young, and your relatives, strangers, take you in, and they teach you: we help EACH OTHER to live. You work, and I work, all of us work, even our children, and then we can have enough money to eat! Maybe someday your little brothers or sisters can go to school! And they won't have to work from before dawn until dusk, so work hard, gavachos! And when he was in school before dropping out at 15, when someone called Benavidez a stinking spic, like all us good Americans do, he found that his long hours of physical labor allowed him to beat the holy FUCK out of them, every time. Yes, I like that. Haters call him a name, and bleed for it, bitches.So when he went to his team, overrun in the jungle in 1968 in Cambodia where they weren't allowed to be, after he was shot, and grenade shrapnel left him a bloody mess and another soldier attacked him with a bayonet, he fought hand to hand combat and killed the soldier while carrying another man on his back. You stab Benavidez with a bayonet, I guarantee you, he'll shove it up your ass, and kill every other person he meets on that battlefield. He did it; that's documented. Dude was shot like 37 time and zipped into a bodybag and spit on the guy zipping up the bag, because he couldn't move any other part of his bullet riddled body.That's what immigrants to America do, after you treat them like dogs for generations and then give them the great honor of joining the U.S. military to fight for the country that treats them however we choose to treat them.Please, make a vow, dear readers! Please do not vote for Donald Trump if he does not give the American people a book report of Legend, before the election. Is that asking too much?

  • Faith
    2019-02-21 12:32

    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 recognized with the Congressional Medal of Honor. Eric Blehm mined never-before-released documents and made use of extensive personal testimonies to create as full a picture as possible of the May 2, 1968 Special Forces mission and all what led up to it. As an author, he puts the facts together coherently, but he also tells compelling personal stories. We get to read excerpts of letters and transcripts of audio tapes sent home by these these soldiers to their families. We see their character, their fortitude, their fidelity. We see young men (ordinary young men- who never expected to be called heroes) who knew what it was like to stare death in the face daily, to eat and drink war, and who did what was necessary to protect their brothers in arms. They made the hard choices. They spent themselves in the name of serving their country. We see "greater love has no man than this- to lay down his life for his friends" in all its original rawness. I'd put this book on a required-reading for high school students. Now I'm off to wrap and mail my copy down to a college age cousin who's minoring in Military History. I thank Crown Publishers for providing me with a review copy through Blogging for Books.

  • Kate August
    2019-03-05 10:30

    "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 could not put down, "LEGEND," was a struggle to get through. I was a teenager during Vietnam, so I was familiar with a lot of the material. The story itself was sterile, and I could not connect or get a sense of these people; I never found its heart. I thought the book felt very textbook. It felt like someone who spent a lot of time on researching details wrote it.I have read 'FEARLESS," so many times, and given away so many copies of the book, I have lost count. “FEARLESS,” had a heart besides Adam’s story, and you felt it the whole way through. Eric Blehm is a terrific writer and storyteller, but unfortunately for "LEGEND," all the pieces did not fall into place for this one.

  • Ryan
    2019-03-19 15:29

    Holy cow, it is absolutely amazing to read about the heroics of our soldiers. Awesome!

  • John E. Donovan
    2019-02-23 13:41

    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 themselves on, all the while bringing death to those who are intending to overrun and kill them.Sergeant Benavidez's actions, coupled with, both, the heroic efforts of those who sought to extract the Special Forces team by helicopter, and the incredible air support that was given, would save the lives of several soldiers.Too, as in no way are the actions of the Special Forces team meant to be overlooked or minimized, the heroics of those under siege, themselves, contributed, greatly, to Sergeant Benavidez's successful rescue attempt.Sergeant Benavidez's actions during this rescue attempt are the stuff that legends are made of, and show the indomitable spirit that select warriors bring to battle. A must-read for anyone who is interested in military history, especially, the heroics that came out of the Vietnam War, and/or for anyone who just wants to see what the mettle of one determined man can accomplish.

  • Benjamin Ferrante
    2019-03-04 11:32

    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 selflessness. His service to this country and those he served with is humbling to me. Men like this and the stories of how they rise above the most dire obstacles keep my perspective straight as I deal with life’s challenges. Whatever your beliefs on war are or the Vietnam War in particular, I personally feel I should know about the sacrifices people make on our behalf. I think it is the very least that should be done to honor their sacrifices. While many other books on the Vietnam War take a decidedly pro or antiwar stance, Legend does a decent job avoiding judgment on the war and focuses on the men of this engagement. In the end, it gives you a snapshot of American heroes and left me wondering about all the other heroic stories that remain untold.

  • Studebhawk
    2019-03-04 13:21

    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 the readers of this story will appreciate the devotion and sacrifice of Sgt. Benavidez. Perhaps, one day, we will again grow to appreciate the contributions made by Hispanic Americans to the life of our country.Duty, Honor, Country.

  • Janice
    2019-02-28 13:30

    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.

  • Tracy
    2019-02-24 12:17

    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.

  • James L. Goodloe
    2019-03-19 16:24

    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.

  • L
    2019-03-11 10:40

    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.

  • Terry
    2019-02-20 16:32

    A book about a true legend of Honor and Courage and an inspiration for all.

  • Anna Brand
    2019-03-18 17:42

    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.

  • Elizabeth Mcnair
    2019-03-12 15:20

    A story of a Green Beret behind the lines in Cambodia during the Vietnam war and a dramatic rescue.

  • Oliver
    2019-03-09 17:17

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

  • Steve
    2019-02-24 16:21

    Great book. A must read. No nonsense guy, rose from nothing to earn the CMH.

  • Mack Simpson
    2019-02-17 13:39

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

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  • Jennifer
    2019-02-19 17:17

    Amazing story of courage.

  • Tyler Harran
    2019-03-12 09:24

    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.