A Green Beret Medic's War in Vietnam
224 Pages, 6 x 9 in, 16pp photos
- July 2014
- Out of print. Available in digital formats at the links below.
Bac Si (the Vietnamese term for “medic”) is the story of Sgt. Jerry Krizan who was assigned to Special Forces Camp A-331 in the III Corps tactical zone, only 10 miles from the Cambodian border. Because of its proximity to a major north-south NVA infiltration route, there were constant enemy troop movements through the camp's area of operations and A-331 itself came under attack on more than one occasion.
The author meantime needed to accompany patrols and probes into enemy territory, not only prepared to provide aid but fight as a soldier if the squad was ambushed, or itself chose to attack. In this small-unit warfare against an expert enemy, U.S. soldiers had to survive as best they could, with their only succor a Huey, and meantime on the ground by themselves against unknown opposition.
Our Green Beret base camps were our very first line of defense along the borders of South Vietnam, and in this book, through the eyes of a medic, we learn how dire, and confusing, a role we asked our Special Forces to play during that era.
Foreword by Joe Parnar
The Journey to Special Forces
Arrival at Loc Ninh
Running Through Rubber
Chieu Hoi by the KKK
Battle of Loc Ninh
Loc Ninh, September 1968
Operations in the Rubber
Adventures at Village 2
Medical Duties in Camp
Claymores, Ambushes, and Hand Grenades
Camp Defenses and Attacks
New Directions of the War
Ambush at An Loc
Incoming at An Loc
Team With a Tank
Song Be Officers Club
Appendix A—Coda: The Battle of Loc Ninh, April 1972
Appendix B—The Battle of An Loc
"He [Jerry] was not only on my Team; he was on every Team. He was that young, cocky, just out of Training Group E-5 medic who held the Camp and sometimes your life in his capable hands. He was Doc. Jerry’s book is a depiction of a warrior’s tour. It is a first person account of life on an A-Team deployed in support of Indiginous troops fighting a conventional force in a counter insurgency environment. From Civic Action Sick Calls to Fire Missions, from that unbreakable bond with your opts partner to the insanity of a B Team’s dictates, it’s all here." ~The Drop: The Journal of the Special Forces Association
"This is a fascinating account of an unfamiliar part of the Vietnamese War, written in a compelling style."
~History of War