Book Review: Legend by Eric Blehm

By Eric Blehm

A Harrowing Story from the Vietnam War of one Green Beret's heroic mission to rescue a special forces team caught behind enemy lines.

In Legend, acclaimed bestselling author Eric Blehm takes as his canvas the Vietnam War, as seen through a single mission that occurred on May 2, 1968. A twelve-man Special Forces team had been covertly inserted into a small clearing in the jungle of neutral Cambodia - where U.S. forces were forbidden to operate. What the team didn't know is that they had infiltrated a section of jungle that concealed a major enemy base. Soon they found themselves surrounded by hundred of North Vietnamese Army soldiers, under attack low on ammunition and stacking the bodies of the dead as cover in a desperate attempt to survive. 

When Special Forces staff sergeant Roy Benavidez heard the distress call, he jumped aboard the next helicopter bound for the combat zone. What followed would become legend in the Special Operations community. Flown into the foray of battle by courageous pilots and crew of the 240th Assault Helicopter ran nearly 100 yards through withering enemy fire. Despite being severely wounded, Benavides reached the perimeter of the team and proceeded to organize an extraordinary defense and rescue. During the hours-long battle he was bayoneted, he refused to abandon his efforts until every survivor was out of harm's way. Written with extensive access to family members, surviving members of the 240th Assault Helicopter Company, eyewitness accounts never before published as well as recently discovered archival and declassified military records Blehm has created a riveting narrative of Roy Benavidez's life and career, and all of the inspiring events that defined the brotherhood of the air and ground warriors in Vietnam. Despite being one of the many unsung heroes of the war Benavides was repeatedly denied the Congressional Medal of Honor. His actions were revisited thirteen years later when a Green Baret eyewitness, whom Benavides had rescued came forth and wrote a statement that revealed in graphic and vivid detail what happened on that fateful day in 1968. 

Eric Blehm is the award-winning author of Fearless and The Only Thing Worth Dying For, both New York Times best sellers. his book The Last Season was named by Outside Magazine as one of the ten "greatest adventure biographies ever written" Blehm lives in Southern California with his wife and children. 

My Thoughts: Roy Benavidez was an amazing man. There is no other way to describe him. Legend pays homage to to him by telling his story, a story that I believe many of the armed forces in Vietnam share. His actions were nothing less than heroic, and Legend does an amazing job of telling the story. If you like Out of the Depths Legend by Eric Blehm is for sure a book to check out. Below I've attached a speech by Roy Benavidez.

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