FIRST ON THE WALL - The Last Word on the First American Advisors to Die in Vietnam and the Opening Attack of America's Longest War, 192 pages, softcover
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Published in 2012, 6" x 9", 192 pages, perfect bound softcover
FIRST ON THE WALL tells of the first Viet Cong attack directed against Americans, which occurred at Bien Hoa, and took the lives of US Army advisors Major Dale R. Buis and Master Sergeant Chester M. Ovnand on 8 July 1959.
The book is told through extensive interviews with Major Howard Boston and LTC Victor Gorlinsky, who survived the attack. Boston and Gorlinsky not only survived the attack but witnessed the courtroom criminal proceedings leveled against the perpetrators and witnessed their ultimate sentence carried out.
"If you have ever wondered how American involvement began in Vietnam, or why Dale R. Buis and Chester M. Ovnand are the first two names inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial below the date 1959, this book will answer your questions. Master Sergeant Ray Bows, US Army (ret.) has dug deeply for facts and circumstances about the names first on the wall, and explores America's early days in the conflict when Military Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG) personnel were the only U.S. military presence in an already war-torn land.
This book combines personal biography, first hand accounts, military assessment, documents, and historical facts together into a fitting and lasting tribute to Major Buis and Master Sergeant Ovnand."
Duery Felton, Jr.
1/2d Infantry, 1st Infantry Division, Vietnam
"There are many excellent histories of our military units in Vietnam, but little about our military advisory program. This book opens the door and explores the details of our initial military assistance effort, and is a prelude to the U.S. military advisor's critical role in Vietnam."
Senior Military Advisor, Go Cong Province, Vietnam