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PHILIP KEITH became a naval aviator after graduating from Harvard. During three tours in Vietnam, he was awarded, among other decorations, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Air Medal for Gallantry, the Purple Heart, and the Navy Commendation Medal. Keith is also the author of Blackhorse Riders, which was awarded the USA Book Award for Military History. He lives in Southampton, Long Island.

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Praise for "Fire Base Illingworth" "A harrowing tale that centers on an exhausted, ragtag group of U.S. Army troops as they fought for their lives against a 400-man North Vietnamese Army regiment in a vicious engagement in 1970. The heart of the book is a virtually minute-by-minute description of the fighting." --"Publishers Weekly" "Impressive verisimilitude and . . . moment-by-moment accuracy. A respectful account of a battle that was 'a perfect microcosm of what the Vietnam War was becoming in the early days of Vietnamization.'"--"Kirkus" "A fascinating and detailed study of strategic intentions, operational planning, and tactical execution from a critical time period of the Vietnam War. Phil Keith has added, in dramatic detail, the personal sacrifices of brave warriors in this hellacious fight at LZ Illingworth in the late years of the Vietnam War--experiences that have not been adequately documented to date. They remain as relevant for the war fighters of today as those who endured the drama of close combat over 40 years ago. In the spirit of "We Were Soldiers Once and Young," this book fittingly honors their actions for the ages--both collectively and individually." --Alexander S. Cochran, Professor of History, University of New Mexico; Vietnam veteran and former historical adviser to the Army Chief of Staff "In relating the events at Fire Base Illingworth, Phil Keith has captured the essence of combat from first hand accounts of those soldiers who experienced it. The reader can sense the fear, the confusion, the bravery which hung over these men on that awful day in 1970, and which continue to haunt many of them to this day. "Fire Base Illingworth" can rightly take its place alongside such Vietnam War classics as "Fields of Fire" and "We Were Soldiers Once and Young."" --Captain Thomas G. Kelley, USN (Ret.), Vietnam Veteran, Medal of Honor recipient "A wonderful tribute to Jack Illingworth--and for all men and women who died or sp Advance Praise for "Fire Base Illingworth" "A fascinating and detailed study of strategic intentions, operational planning, and tactical execution from a critical time period of the Vietnam War. Phil Keith has added, in dramatic detail, the personal sacrifices of brave warriors in this hellacious fight at LZ Illingworth in the late years of the Vietnam War--experiences that have not been adequately documented to date. They remain as relevant for the war fighters of today as those who endured the drama of close combat over 40 years ago. In the spirit of "We Were Soldiers Once and Young," this book fittingly honors their actions for the ages--both collectively and individually." --Alexander S. Cochran, Professor of History, University of New Mexico; Vietnam veteran and former historical adviser to the Army Chief of Staff "In relating the events at Fire Base Illingworth, Phil Keith has captured the essence of combat from first hand accounts of those soldiers who experienced it. The reader can sense the fear, the confusion, the bravery which hung over these men on that awful day in 1970, and which continue to haunt many of them to this day. "Fire Base Illingworth" can rightly take its place alongside such Vietnam War classics as "Fields of Fire" and "We Were Soldiers Once and Young."" --Captain Thomas G. Kelley, USN (Ret.), Vietnam Veteran, Medal of Honor recipient "A wonderful tribute to Jack Illingworth--and for all men and women who died or spilled blood in the Vietnam War. Phil Keith has done an outstanding job of researching and then recounting the heroic efforts of the ingenuity and adapting to conditions that were unforeseen or unpredictable in the "Vietnamization of the war." No matter what the grand strategy is of any conflict, it always comes down to the individual and the way individuals function and are lead. A vivid picture of how leadership is able to shape and determine victory from the inside out--this is a spectacular work th Praise for "Blackhorse Riders" "A riveting account of tragedy and death in Vietnam--and of wrongs ultimately righted." --"Washington Times" "Keith's compelling storytelling breathes life into the personalities involved, so that minute by minute, following both rescuers and rescued, you keep turning pages to find out who lives and who dies." --Karl Marlantes, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Matterhorn" and "What It Is Like to Go to War" "One of the finest and best told combat stories to come out of Vietnam." --Nelson DeMille

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