Soldiering on in a Dying War: The True Story of the Firebase Pace Incidents and the Vietnam Drawdown

William J. Shkurti


Soldiering on in a Dying War: The True Story of the Firebase Pace Incidents and the Vietnam Drawdown

Soldiering on in a Dying War: The True Story of the Firebase Pace Incidents and the Vietnam Drawdown

  • Title: Soldiering on in a Dying War: The True Story of the Firebase Pace Incidents and the Vietnam Drawdown
  • Author: William J. Shkurti
  • ISBN: 9780700617814
  • Page: 250
  • Format: Hardcover



By the autumn of 1971 a war weary American public had endured a steady stream of bad news about the conduct of its soldiers in Vietnam It included reports of fraggings, massacres, and cover ups, mutinies, increased racial tensions, and soaring drug abuse.Then six soldiers at Fire Support Base Pace, a besieged U.S artillery outpost near the Cambodian border, balked at anBy the autumn of 1971 a war weary American public had endured a steady stream of bad news about the conduct of its soldiers in Vietnam It included reports of fraggings, massacres, and cover ups, mutinies, increased racial tensions, and soaring drug abuse.Then six soldiers at Fire Support Base Pace, a besieged U.S artillery outpost near the Cambodian border, balked at an order to conduct a nighttime ambush patrol Four days later, twenty soldiers from a second unit objected to patrolling even in daylight The sensation these events triggered in the media, along with calls for a congressional investigation, reinforced for the American public the image of a dysfunctional military on the edge of collapse For a time Pace became the face of all that was wrong with American troops during the extended withdrawal from Vietnam.William Shkurti, however, argues that the incidents at Firebase Pace have been misunderstood for four decades Shkurti, who served as an artillery officer not far from Pace, uses declassified reports, first person interviews, and other sources to reveal that these incidents were only temporary disputes involving veteran soldiers exercising common sense.Shkurti also uses the Pace incidents to bring an entire war and our withdrawal from it into much sharper focus He reevaluates the performance and motivation of U.S ground troops and their commanders during this period, as well as that of their South Vietnamese allies and North Vietnamese adversaries reassesses the media and its coverage of this phase of the war and shows how some historians have helped foster misguided notions about what actually happened at Pace.By taking a closer look at what we thought we knew, Shkurti persuasively demonstrates how combat units still in harm s way adapted to the challenges before them and soldiered on in a war everyone else wanted to be over In doing so, he also suggests a context to better understand the challenges that may lie ahead in the drawdown of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.


Recent Comments "Soldiering on in a Dying War: The True Story of the Firebase Pace Incidents and the Vietnam Drawdown"

It's pretty right on as to how the war was winding down in that time frame. The book is primarly about an incident that happened on LZ Pace in 1971 of a unit refusing to go out on a recon mission but he also mentions other infantry units through out Vietnam refusing such orders. He also writes about the drugs useage along with racial tension in that time frame. The author did make a mistake though in Chapter 22 when a unit with the Americal Division refused an order to go out and retrieve bodies [...]

Covers far more than just FSB Pace, but almost all of the Army in Vietnam in 1970-72.

This a very niche book for military history buffs interested in either Vietnam or US Artillery units.


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