Fire Base Illingworth: An Epic True Story of Remarkable Courage Against Staggering Odds

Philip Keith

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Fire Base Illingworth is an epic, never-before-told true story of a North Vietnamese Army attack and how the men of this nearly overrun Fire Base survived.

In the early morning hours of April 1, 1970, more than four hundred North Vietnamese soldiers charged out into the open and tried to over-run FSB Illingworth. The battle went on, mostly in the dark, for hours. Exposed ammunition canisters were hit and blew up, causing a thunderous explosion inside the FSB that left dust so thick it jammed the hand-held weapons of the GIs. Much of the combat was hand-to-hand. In all, twenty-four Americans lost their lives and another fifty-four were wounded. Nearly one hundred enemy bodies were recovered. It was one of the most vicious small unit firefights in the history of U.S. forces in Vietnam.

As in his acclaimed book Blackhorse Riders, a finalist for the prestigious Colby Award, Phil Keith uncovers a harrowing true story of bravery and sacrifice by the men who fought valiantly to hold FSB Illingworth during the Vietnam War—a tale never-before-told and one that will not be soon forgotten.

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Philip Keith

PHILIP KEITH became a naval aviator after graduating from Harvard. During three tours in Vietnam, he was awarded, among other decorations, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Air Medal for Gallantry, the Purple Heart, and the Navy Commendation Medal. Keith is also the author of Blackhorse Riders, which was awarded the USA Book Award for Military History. He lives in Southampton, Long Island.

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Fire Base Illingworth: An Epic True Story of Remarkable Courage Against Staggering Odds
Philip Keith

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
10/28/2014
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250055286
ISBN10: 1250055288
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages, Includes one 8-page black-and-white photograph section
$15.99

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Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
October 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781250024954
ISBN10: 1250024951
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 320 pages, Includes one black-and-white map plus one 8-page black-and-white photograph insert
$25.99

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St. Martin's Press
October 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781250024961
ISBN10: 125002496X
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 320 pages, 25 black-and-white photos
$12.99
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