Mike Guardia: Fire in the Hole

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MIKE GUARDIA: FIRE IN THE HOLE
This episode of Big Blend Radio’s “Military Monday” Show features award-winning military historian and author Mike Guardia, who talks about his brand-new book, “Fire in the Hole: Tales of Combat with the 1st Engineer Battalion in Vietnam.”

 

Combat Engineers. The Unsung Heroes of Vietnam.

August 25, 1966. Specialist Dan Crowley was among the handful of demolition experts assigned to a route clearing mission in support of Operation AMARILLO. His equipment load was the same as it had been numerous times before: a Claymore mine, TNT, C-4 explosives, blasting caps, time fuse, det cord, eighteen rounds for his M-79 grenade launcher, two hand grenades, and his Colt .45.

But this would be no ordinary mission.

The Viet Cong had just surrounded an American patrol along Highway 16. Crowley’s outfit – Charlie Company, 1st Engineer Battalion – was among the smattering of units thrown together for this impromptu “relief force.” History would call it the Battle of Bong Trang.

In a war dominated by airmobile infantry, the combat engineers played a critical role in shaping America’s battlefield victories. They built obstacles, dug defensive positions, set landmines, performed various types of demolition, and could fight as infantry whenever ordered.

“Fire in the Hole” tells the story of Charlie Company, 1st Engineer Battalion during their deployment to the Republic of Vietnam in 1965-66. Told from the perspective of four Charlie Company veterans – Dan Crowley, Larry Blair, Chuck Humphrey, and Jay Franz – this book provides an intimate, no-holds-barred account of the combat engineers in Vietnam.

Along with over 20 other military history books, Mike Guardia is the author of the widely acclaimed biography “Hal Moore: A Soldier Once…and Always,” that chronicles the life of LTG Harold G. Moore, whose battlefield leadership was popularized by the film “We Were Soldiers,” starring Mel Gibson. More: https://mikeguardia.com/

Mike Guardia appears on Big Blend Radio’s military history shows every 1st Monday. Follow his podcast here: https://tinyurl.com/wkezexvb

 

 

 

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Along with over 20 other military history books, Mike Guardia is the author of the widely acclaimed biography “Hal Moore: A Soldier Once…and Always,” that chronicles the life of LTG Harold G. Moore, whose battlefield leadership was popularized by the film “We Were Soldiers,” starring Mel Gibson.

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