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After boot camp, "Greeny", as he was later known by his Recon team buddies, attended radio communication school in San Diego, California.
As a radio operator, upon arrival in Vietnam, Greenberg was both surprised and troubled when he was arbitrarily assigned to the First Recon Battalion, generally considered to be an elite unit, and normally manned by volunteers. He soon learns he must adapt quickly, or risk going home in a body bag!
The battle scenes Greenberg masterfully draws in Silent Heroes are both realistic and gripping. They can easily send cold chills down the spines of combat veterans, and dispel any false notions or glorified myths held by non-combatants.
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By Greeny on 12-25-16
Thrown into the fire
Rick Greenberg was trained as a radio transmitter operator. The Marine Core Force Reconnaissance needed radio transmitter operators just then. He got placed with a Marine Recon section that performed deep reconnaissance and direct action operations. His first mission was action-packed, and I loved the narrator’s performance.
There was a tension and lots of suspense as I binged listening to find out how Greenberg was going to survive deep reconnaissance in Vietnam. The narrator was well cast for this performance, as his articulate voice didn’t sound like somebody who entered the Marines as a tough guy.
This was my first book written from the perspective of a radio transmitter operator in this war. That separately and alone would have made it a worthwhile experience for me. I felt there were bonuses in listening to Silent Heroes. The action was vividly described and I loved the book.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Autoteacher on 08-25-17
Walked the same ground, carried the same radio
What did you love best about Silent Heroes?
True experience and timeline. Walked the same dirt, hills and same area of operations a year earlier than the author.
What did you like best about this story?
The grunt level history of the experience. Step by dreadful step. I could hear the claymores in my head, whip of the bullets that missed. Smell the stench of the paddies and jungles.
Which character – as performed by Patrick Lawlor – was your favorite?
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Any additional comments?
Great story! Semper Fi 2531 68-71
4 of 4 people found this review helpful