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Vietnam vet to read from his combat novel

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Posted on March 15, 2018 |
By Karl Lindholm



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Mike Heaney in Plei Ku, Vietnam, in February 1966.

Mike Heaney’s platoon was in the lead on patrol in the dense Central Highlands of Vietnam when his company was ambushed by Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army regulars, twice their number.

“I was about the seventh or eighth position and 10 men were killed around me in less than a minute,” he recalled.

Heaney’s unit was surrounded and almost overrun. “I remember thinking, ‘we’re not getting out of this alive,’” he said.

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