Once A Warrior King: Memories of an Officer in Vietnam

Once A Warrior King: Memories of an Officer in Vietnam

David Donovan / Sep 20, 2020
Once A Warrior King Memories of an Officer in Vietnam The memoir of a young American soldier who became the most powerful man in a remote rural district of VietnamIn the spring of First Lieutenant David Donovan arrived in the Mekong Delta of South
  • Title: Once A Warrior King: Memories of an Officer in Vietnam
  • Author: David Donovan
  • ISBN: 9780345479075
  • Page: 190
  • Format: Paperback
  • The memoir of a young American soldier who became the most powerful man in a remote rural district of VietnamIn the spring of 1969, First Lieutenant David Donovan arrived in the Mekong Delta of South Vietnam to work as military advisor with village chiefs and local militia to win the war But as he was the highest ranking person in the entire district, his life there was fThe memoir of a young American soldier who became the most powerful man in a remote rural district of VietnamIn the spring of 1969, First Lieutenant David Donovan arrived in the Mekong Delta of South Vietnam to work as military advisor with village chiefs and local militia to win the war But as he was the highest ranking person in the entire district, his life there was far complex than anyone could have imagined.This is Donovan s gripping account of combat missions and night ambushes in the swamps and jungles of the Delta his heartrending tale of personal involvement with the culture and families in his charge his humane introspection on his awesome responsibility as both warrior and king and his stark reflections on the changes he saw in himself and his country upon his return to the United States Donovan s memoir provides valuable documentation on a relatively obscure part of the American military effort it describes how the war really worked on the front line of Vietnamization, the training of local militia His reflections on his own use of power raise serious and important questions about the American expierence in Vietnam The New York Times Book Review
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    1. Book reviewLydeth GullamThe book I read was, Once a Warrior King bye David Donavan This book was a memoir about his experiences in the Vietnam War David was a Lieutenant in the army in the Vietnam War His job was to watch over a sector or district near the Cambodian border He wrote about how bad the heat was and humidity, he wrote how bad war could be for a signal man especially when you see a friend die In the memoir he describes how wonderful the Vietnamese s people are In this memoir he descr [...]


    2. As a former adviser doing much the same as David Donovan, I found this to be an excellent read While he and I were in different areas of Vietnam, we were there about the same time period We of the Mobile Advisory Teams are among the forgotten lost among the big units whom people remember In part what the reader learns is that we left friends behind to continue fighting their war while we went home to a different world but our minds will never forget the other world that we shared with the people [...]


    3. One of the finest combat memoirs I ve ever come across Donovan spent his Vietnam tour in a small village lost in the Mekong Delta, commanding a handful of Americans sent to train a local militia It s fine book about not just combat, but about isolation, about being suddenly dropped into an alien world and culture, and about finding out how to both lead, command, and persuade Well written, thoughtful, sombre A long time favourite.


    4. Splendid book Entertaining and minimally technical, it is strongly recommended for non veterans who want to get a feel for how it really was Donovan, as a mere First Lieutenant, was the senior U.S military officer in a rural district near the Cambodian border The Vietnamese District Chief cared little and higher authority was far away By default, therefore, he became a kind of proconsul, a king In charge of four Amercans and two platoons of Vietnamese militia, he ran his own war.At first full of [...]


    5. This Vietnam War memoir by David Donovan pen name for Terry Turner is probably one of the best I have read in the genre for this war Donovan served in the U.S Army from 1966 to 1970 He completed one tour of duty in Vietnam as an assistant team leader for a Mobile Advisory Team MAT in Tram Chim village in 1969 A Mobile Advisory Team was the smallest unit of the general advisory effort in Vietnam Given that South Vietnam was divided into forty two provinces and, in each of those provinces, further [...]


    6. My sister lent me this book after reading it in her ROTC class in college It s been years, and I intend to revisit it.One of the most vivid scenes in the book for me was at the end, when the officer comes back home stateside and feels so deeply disoriented by his submersion back into civilization , the sensation of being dethroned by normalcy.This, I think, was the book that began my fascination with the psyche, specifically that of the soldier, and the impact of PTSD.


    7. I read this book when I was on active duty in the late 1980 s I didn t understand the impact it had on me until I got home from my own overseas tours and the Gulf War This book illustrates the disconnect between young soldiers in charge of million dollar equipment and coming home and trying to fit back in the mold the culture has for young people Very good.


    8. Once a Warrior King Memories of an Officer in Vietnam is the captivating account of the kind of Vietnam experience that doesn t get shown in movies Using a pseudonym, David Donovan describes everything significant that happens from the time he touches down on the tarmac in April of 1969 until he returns home Donovan s account of his time in Vietnam is unabashedly his own Assigned to to train local Vietnamese militia, Donovan s view of the war is a thoughtful and insightful retelling than others [...]


    9. Most of us look back at the Vietnam War as one of the US most cruel adventures We think of the movie Platoon , massive protests, the bombing, and the napalm girl Veteran David Donovan pseudonym , however, gives us a different viewpoint in his memoir Entertaining throughout, he is a genuinely good guy who tries his best in the war, despite being stationed out in the middle of nowhere in South Vietnam and facing danger constantly The stories he shares are unbelievable.Published in 1985, this book [...]


    10. Most of this book details the experiences of this particular soldier in Vietnam, living among the people and doing his best to keep the myriad problems he faced dealt with as much as possible I was pleasantly surprised at his respect for the Vietnamese people and their culture, compared to some horrifying perspectives I ve read from other vets His is a valuable perspective, giving humanity to those who fought in Vietnam, especially considering the documented perspectives of those like the vet wh [...]


    11. David Donovan had a privileged position in the Vietnam War A lieutenant fresh out of training, he was assigned as a military adviser deep in the Mekong Delta, a backwater without roads, electricity, even soap With just 4 other Americans and two platoons of haphazardly equipped local militia, Donovan didn t have much, but he was the Co Van, the senior American in the district, and for better or worse a Warrior King He could call down fire from the sky, dole out miraculous American medicine, order [...]


    12. A Vietnam War memoir with a blunt and tragic honesty One of the patterns that jumps out over and over every time I read one of these memoirs is the tremendous gap between the soldiers out in the forward operating bases and the General officers in the rear This disconnect puts the soldiers on the frontlines in greater danger for meager wins One of the causes for this discrepancy besides the lack of General and Field officers being out on the frontlines to see for themselves, is the generation gap [...]


    13. I finished this book both elelated and somewhat exhausted.Once a Warrior King is a personalised viewpoint and account of David s Donovan tour of duty in Vietnam War in 1969 Its written in a very easy to read and straight forward style to point, you always know where are I found this book thoroughly entralling, engrossing and exhaustive at times In particular for the way the ambushes and operations are setup and vividly described, as only a solider not historian could write A solid strongpoint th [...]


    14. Throughout the book I was ambivalent as to it s contents Having been an advisory teem leader, also, with MACV, I felt as though it had been cobbled together from at least two mens experiences one with a real command of the language, able to weave believable stories, and another, who sank to almost soap opera, formulaic experience At times I felt as though someone had taken a text book, Everything You Need to Know as a MACV Adviser and wrote a story for each chapter.I understood many of the frus [...]


    15. This is the most influential book I read I read Once a Warrior King in 1989 when I was an officer cadet and have applied many of the lessons I learned in the book on operations in Cyprus, Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan Once a Warrior King presents a highly entertaining and thought provoking account of leadership in the face of unexpected, complex, and unconventional problems The story is set in Vietnam, but the lessons are timeless Ultimately, the author demonstrates how common sense and princip [...]


    16. This is one of the better personal accounts to come out of the Vietnam War In a remote province in Vietnam s Mekong delta, First Lieutenant David Donovan became a de facto ruler Hence the title Once A Warrior King Memories of an Officer in Vietnam It is a gripping story of an unusual war and its effects on the young men who fought it.The vivid description of being saved from being overrun one night by the awesome destructive power of an Arc Light strike will probably stay with me forever.


    17. Mr Donovan writes a fascinating story This is the Vietnam War from a wholy different angle, and one that informs us on trascendental questions regarding the nature of war, counter insurgency, cultural clashes, and human nature in general The book is populated by wonderful, vivid characters, and the depth of the characterizations of the native vietnamese bespeaks the lengths to which the author went to get involved with them I fully recommend this book, the best I ve read this year of 2014.


    18. Been many years since I last read this one, but I recall it being a very graphic and insightful firsthand accounting of a wet behind the ears Lieutenant hitting the ground in a very hot combat zone Very much a soldier s tale told in a soldier s language.And I ll revisit this one for a reread in the near future, I expect.


    19. This book comes across as an honest memoir of a difficult time It portrays success and failures with equal candor The book is written in an episodic style and I think it is an important perspective on the war and how it was fought.


    20. Very different sort of book Very casual writing A reader will feel like a part of a conversation throughout the novel A dumped wife with a first born finds confidence within Adam and her family, and finally is able to identify herself as a woman separate from her husband Good Read


    21. I began to understand the Vietnam War and what went wrong for the US military when I read this book and compared it with Chickenhawk Air Cav was at the high tech end of the war that damn near ignored the local people, Donovan worked with the local militia and was starved of resources.


    22. One of the better books about the war in Vietnam It focuses on one officers control of a province in the Mekong Delta in the Vietnam War His friendships with the locals, battles, action packed.



    23. Awe inspiring book Very well written with an easy reading style Hard subject to read but well worth it HIGHLY recommend


    24. Can anybody vouch or this man s story There were times I wondered if he was stealing valor I hate to say something like that but the mortar house incident seemed suspicious.




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