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  • Uncommon Valor

  • The Recon Company that Earned Five Medals of Honor and Included America’s Most Decorated Green Beret
  • By: Stephen L. Moore
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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Uncommon Valor

By: Stephen L. Moore
Narrated by: Sean Runnette
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Summary

Uncommon Valor is a look into the formation and operation of an advanced Special Forces recon company during the Vietnam War. 

Code-named the Studies and Observations Group, SOG was the most covert US military unit in its time and contained only volunteers from such elite units as the Army's Green Berets, Navy SEALs, and Air Force Air Commandos. SOG warriors operated in small teams, going behind enemy lines in Laos and Cambodia and along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, tasked with performing special reconnaissance, sabotaging North Vietnamese Army ammunition, attempting to rescue downed US pilots, and other black ops missions. 

During that time, Forward Operating Base-2's (FOB-2's) recon company became the most highly decorated unit of the Vietnam War, with five of its men earning the Medal of Honor and eight earning the Distinguished Service Cross - America's second highest military award for valor. Purple Hearts were earned by SOG veterans at a pace unparalleled in American wars of the 20th century, with casualties at times exceeding 100 percent. One, Bob Howard, was wounded on 14 different occasions, received eight Purple Hearts, was written up after three different missions for the Medal of Honor, and emerged from Vietnam as the most highly decorated soldier since World War II's Audie Murphy.

©2018 Stephen L. Moore (P)2020 Tantor
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  • Categories: History

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An excellent book , very thorough and informative. really enjoyed it throughout. I recommend this for a bigger picture understanding of the risks these chaps took.

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Informative, moving and worthy

For me this was one of several books I have read or listened too recently. Yes it was informative but you have to listen to lists of names being read out time and again. These men are worthy of recognition for their brave above and beyond the call of duty. Yet the script does not serve them well. I found the narrator had too flat a delivery that lacked emotion that I was feeling. Yet the story and let’s be honest this is not a story it is an historical account of things that happened. Bad things, some humorous things and many heroic things.
I am glad I listened as I learned a lot.

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It's a must read. Well written & narrated

The best book ive read on the vietnam war. So informative with detailed description of us and nva troop movements

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  • WE Cleghorn
  • 21-01-21

Pass this one by

Can you imagine a very good story read by someone who speaks in monotone and that loose dentures sounds ssssss. I could only stand it about 45 minutes. I believe it would have been fine to read in fact probably very good. This narrator is just terrible.

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  • John
  • 03-07-20

simply outstanding

This is an eye opening, gut wrenching, and in some cases almost unbelievable account of the secret war in Laos and Cambodia.

I recommend this book to anyone that has a love for the military, its history, and those occasional moments where we are privy to secrets that almost no one knew about In a different era.

these men deserve to be remembered, and celebrated. I am glad to know of their service and sacrifice.

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  • Valued Customer
  • 16-07-20

Why can’t readers pronounce words correctly?

“C””A””R”15? Really? Is a “CAR-15”. Totally unnecessary to have to listen to. Do better

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  • Lisa
  • 02-07-20

the best

it was by far the best book I have purchased. it was enthralling and captivating. the narrations was mesmerizing and made it hard to turn off. The details and story line was first rate. I highly recommend this writting. well done. I still cant phantom doing the things that they did. men of conviction and valor. humbling. thank you

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  • William R. Todd-Mancillas (Name includes hyphen and camptalized M)
  • 18-05-20

Unbelievably impressive, heroic,skilled engagement

Narration: engaging, clear, compelling.

Story: military achievements so impressive they hardly seem credible, but these action reports are for real. Amazing.

Conclusion: recommended

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  • 17-05-20

Excellent

One of, if not the best MACVSOG book I read to date. Well written and narrated. I would recommend to anyone that would like to know what heroism and patriotism meant during the Vietnam Conflict.

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  • 08-01-21

Entertaining and educational

I have always been in awe of these SOG Soldiers and the stories of their incredible bravery so for that reason alone this book was worth listening to. If you like a good history lesson with some side bar humorous stories this is the book you want.

The narrator did ok but was extremely dry and monotone. Also I'm fairly certain he kept miss pronouncing one of the Vietnamese towns.

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  • Red
  • 27-06-20

Fantasticly informative!

Very detailed book. A group of men that are LONG OVERDUE recognition. These are stories ALL AMERICANS should read or listen to.

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  • A. J. Campagna
  • 12-06-20

Best single book on the nearly complete history.

Of many over the years I found this to be the singular best book on macv sog unit history though mainly of cc central.

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  • allan mcclane
  • 12-04-20

about time

tells it like it was misses other groups involved and other out posts an long term effects on survivors worst case was intel rhat was not acted on

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