Elite units carried out many dangerous operations during the Vietnam War, the most secret and hazardous of which were conducted by the Studies and Observations Group, formed in 1964.
In the years since the Vietnam War, the elite unit known as SOG has spawned many myths, legends and war stories. Special Forces medic Joe Parnar served with SOG during 1968 in FOB2/CCC near the tri-border area that gave them access to the forbidden areas of Laos and Cambodia. Parnar recounts his time with the recon men of this highly classified unit, as his job involved a unique combination of soldiering and lifesaving. His stories capture the extraordinary commitment made by all the men of SOG and reveal the special dedication of the medics, who put their own lives at risk to save the lives of their teammates. Parnar also discusses his medical training with the Special Forces.
During his tour with SOG, Parnar served as a dispensary medic, chase medic, Hatchet Force medic and as a recon team member. This variety of roles gave him experience not only in combat but in dealing with and treating the civilians and indigenous peoples of that area. There is a graphic account of a Laotian operation involving America’s most decorated soldier, Robert Howard, during which Parnar had to treat a man with a blown-off foot alongside nearly fifty other casualties. It is a reminder of the enormous responsibility and burden that a medic carried.
This new edition of SOG Medic makes this highly-praised and sought-after book available again once more, with additional photos and maps.
"...provides continuous even-handed descriptions of everyday life in camp as well as what happened during his ground and aerial experiences. He also provides detailed annotated maps of the operations in which he served. This allows readers to go along on an operation as a recon team is extracted from combat. ~Colonel John B. Haseman, USA-Re1 Grand Junction, On Point: The Journal of Army History Online, Volume 25 Issue 1
“Parnar’s recollections of his Army enlistment are replete with self-examination and lessons he learned. He made mistakes and was smart enough to recognize them when they happened—taking corrective action to ensure they didn’t happen again. He recognized good leadership when he saw it and emulated it when he could. That’s reason enough to read this book.” ~ARMY Magazine
“The book includes a story that exemplifies how determined Parnar was to serve in Vietnam. He visited the Pentagon in an effort to speak with a staff member who was in charge of overseas replacements, and he successfully got himself on the list to go to Vietnam.” ~The Gardner News
"Parnar recounts his experiences in missions where he had to triage and treat numerous casualties while under fire or surrounded by the enemy. His account is a timely reminder of the enormous responsibility and burden that a medic carries." ~ARGunners.com
“An impressively informative and inherently interesting combination of memoir and history, this new edition…is further enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of additional photos and maps.” ~Midwest Book Review