Tango 1-1

9th Infantry Division LRPs in the Vietnam Delta

Jim Thayer

LRPs were all volunteers . They were in the spine-tingling, brain-twisting, nerve-wracking business of Long Range Patrolling. They varied in age from 18 to 30.
Date Published :
February 2020
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
20 color illustrations
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781526758583
Pages : 168
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
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LRPs were all volunteers. They were in the spine-tingling, brain-twisting, nerve-wracking business of Long Range Patrolling. They varied in age from 18 to 30. These men operated in precision movements, like walking through a jungle quietly and being able to tell whether a man or an animal is moving through the brush without seeing the cause of movement. They could sit in an ambush for hours without moving a muscle except to ease the safety off the automatic weapon in their hand at the first sign of trouble. These men were good because they had to be to survive.

Called LRP’s for short, they were despised, respected, admired and sometimes thought to be a little short on brains by those who watched from the sidelines as a team started out on another mission to seek out the enemy. They were men who can take a baby or small child in their arms and make them stop crying. They shared their last smoke, last ration of food, last canteen of water. They were kind in some ways, deadly in others. They were men who believed in their country, freedom, and fellow men. They were a new kind of soldier in a new type of warfare.

LRPs stand out in a crowd of soldiers. It's not just their tiger fatigues but the way they walk, talk and stand. They were proud warriors because they were members of the Long Range Patrol.

About The Author

Jim Thayer served in the LRPs of the US 9th Infantry Division in 1968-69 in the war in Vietnam. He was highly decorated for his bravery in combat, (Silver Star, 3 Bronze Stars with ‘V’, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, 2 Air Combat Medals, and 3 Purple Hearts). Thayer was severely wounded in combat, but recovered and went on to a career in law enforcement after Vietnam. Jim passed away in 2020.


"...full of the details and insights that only someone who has actually been in combat can relate."

- Military Heritage Magazine

"The author Jim Thayer does an outstanding job covering all the things that make being a LRRP soldier into focus..."

- Argunners Magazine

"The book overflows with recollections of the LRPs’ determination to confront the enemy."

- The VVA Veteran

"Thayer’s Tango 1–1 honors the unique role LRRP and Ranger units played in the war while humanizing the men who fought and died under often desperate and trying conditions."

- Army History Magazine

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