Thirty Nine Americans Dead & 150 More Wounded in the battle of Xom Bo II

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“June 17, 1967 – Battle of Xom Bo II,” is a book by David Hearne, that emanated from the stories told by the survivors of the battle and the wives, brothers, sisters, or friends of those who were there when over 8000 artillery rounds, napalm and bombs rained down around LZ X-Ray to dislodge the entrenched enemy.

June 17, 1967 - Battle of Xom Bo II

It is written with the violence and fury that attempts to convey some of the horrors and realities of a real battle.

“June 17, 1967 – Battle of Xom Bo II,” is a book about a terrible battle fought during the Vietnam War that took the lives of 39 American men and left 150 more wounded. David Hearne, an award winning author of several books, was a young 1st Lieutenant serving as a Forward Observer during the bloody ambush. His story is the result of talking to many of the survivors of the battle and the wives, brothers, sisters, or friends of those who were there when over 8000 artillery rounds, napalm and bombs rained down around LZ X-Ray to dislodge the entrenched Viet Cong. June 17, 1967, is a story of war, men, and their loved ones. It is the story of the youth, culture, and happenings that made the battle of Xom Bo II such an enigma for 1967's summer of love.

The book has received support and praise from those who were in the battle and from the survivors of the dead as a statement from Stan Noggle epitomized with his statement, “It had made my brother’s selfless sacrifice scream out and say, 'Hey, I'm not dead. I'm still here, still vital. After all these years I'm still in the hearts and minds of my family and friends. After almost 50 years, they still remember who I am and what I've done.'"

Major General Morris Boyd commented that “June 17, 1967 – Battle of Xom Bo II,” was “ A compelling and compassionate book about war: its scope and many dimensions. Above all, it is about the human component and raw emotions of those brave soldiers in the fight.”

Major General Troy Oliver who wrote the book’s foreword said: “It is written with the violence and fury that attempts to convey some of the horrors and realities of a real battle. War is brutal, and Hearne does a great job at describing it while also paying honor to those heroes who served their country.”

The story of the battle is juxtaposed against the backdrop of the tumultuous America of the 60’s. It explores the War's impact on America’s home front. Within its pages, Hearne delves into the lives of many soldiers who fought in the battle, who came from towns and cities all across America. Today, as the world glances back from the vantage point of half-a-century, “June 17, 1967 – Battle of Xom Bo II,” will serve as a written testament of the harrowing experiences, drama and tragedy endured by the soldiers who fought in the Vietnam War. The book is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million.

About the Author:
David Hearne served in Vietnam with the United States Army as a 1st Lieutenant. He is the author of four books; two of them political thrillers, one book of short horror stories and one book written strictly for computer programmers. His fictional works have won literary awards In Boston, Los Angeles, London and Florida. He has also won numerous awards from the Southeast Texas Press Club. David Hearne and his wife currently own and operate the Book Nook Inn bed and breakfast in Lumberton, TX. Hearne can be contacted by email at David(at)david-hearne(dot)com, or you can read more about him at http://www.david-hearne.com.

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