"These Are My Credentials"

The 199th Light Infantry Brigade in the Republic of Vietnam, 1966-1970.

by Robert J. Gouge



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/16/2004

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 180
ISBN : 9781418411978
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 180
ISBN : 9781418411961

About the Book

The 199th Light Infantry Brigade (Redcatchers) served with distinction, honor and valor in the Republic of Vietnam from November 28th, 1966 to October 15th, 1970. During the American involvement in Vietnam, the 199th LIB proved time and time again that it was one of the finest and most professional infantry units to have ever served in the United States Army.  Organized specifically for Vietnam service, the 199th became the first major American unit to undergo the process of Vietnamization with ARVN forces in 1967, the first American brigade in U.S. military history to have an African-American as its commanding officer, the first unit in Vietnam to have a Chaplain awarded the Medal of Honor and the sole unit in Vietnam to earn the dubious distinction as having lost the only general officer killed in action during ground combat.  Often overshadowed by the larger, more "glamorous" units and divisions that fought in Southeast Asia, less than 25,000 men ever served in the ranks of the 199th LIB.  755 young heroes from the Brigade were killed in action during the Vietnam War.  Their memory and sacrifice will never be forgotten...

About the Author

Robert J. Gouge holds a bachelor's degree in history and education from Mars Hill College, North Carolina and teaches social studies and U.S. History at the middle school level.  Mr. Gouge has always had a deep, personal interest in United States History, specifically on the Vietnam War and the 199th Light Infantry Brigade.  He currently lives with his wife and son in the mountains of western North Carolina.