Stealth Patrol

Stealth Patrol

The Making of A Vietnam Ranger

Book - 2003
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Bill Shanahan was troubled by his line company duty in Vietnam: whenever his unit went on patrol, the North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong could hear them coming. His unit didn't have a chance against an enemy that quietly emerged from the jungle like ghosts-and just as quickly disappeared. Shanahan wanted a better way to fight... and to stay alive. And so, just four months after he arrived in Vietnam in 1968, he joined the LRPs (Long Range Patrol).The mission of the Lurps, as they were called, was dangerous: Five- or six-man teams were dropped into the dense forest behind enemy lines. They were to observe enemy troop movements and stage ambushes that sometimes ended in fierce firefights. When their mission was over, they called for quick helicopter rescue. Back on base, they debriefed and tried to sleep off the adrenaline. Two days later they were back in the brush. The missions changed, but one goal was always the same-stay alive.In hard-hitting prose, Bill Shanahan, with co-author John Brackin, tells his story of survival behind enemy lines.
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, 2003
Edition: First Da Capo Press edition
ISBN: 9780306812736
Branch Call Number: 959.7043 Sh
Description: viii, 296 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Brackin, John P.

Related Resources


From Library Staff

Bill Shanahan was a member of the LRPs (Long Range Patrol). Dropped behind enemy lines in thick jungle, their job was to observe troop movements and stage ambushes. A quick extraction, two days rest, then it was back to the same incredibly dangerous job. Also available in print.

From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

There are no comments for this title yet.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings

LibraryThing Series Information


Find it at CRRL

To Top