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About the Author: David H. Hackworth

Colonel David Haskell Hackworth, also known as Hack , was a highly decorated soldier, having received 24 decorations for heroism in combat from the Distinguished Service Cross to the Army Commendation Medal He was a prominent military journalist During his time as a journalist, Hackworth investigated many subjects, including an assertion into the accused improper wearing of ribbons and devices



10 thoughts on “Steel My Soldiers' Hearts : The Hopeless to Hardcore Transformation of U.S. Army, 4th Battalion, 39th Infantry, Vietnam

  1. says:

    If you get me started on Vietnam you ll probably want me to stop before I m through What most Americans think they know about Nam they learned from Hollywood Before I go on about the book let me say that the majority of troops were not spending most of their time high or smoking pot Marijuana grew wild in the bush, it wasn t hard to come by It also had has a distinctive smell that would bring all kinds of unwanted attention Yes some did smoke, and other things and yes atrocities happen Yes My Lai was real.The problems in Nam went back mostly to the leadership These things were also real Rear Echelon Officers REMFsfigure out the acronym who sat on their butts while men died Also read troops who managed to stay there in cushy billets The war was fought by draftees who quickly learned that what they had to worry about was not winning the war but surviving and those who enlisted because they thought it was their duty there was also some friction between the two groups.The brass were concerned about numbers, they kept close track of body count In Washington President Kennedy s people came up with a formula X bullets fired should produce Y number of enemy killed President Johnson stayed with that You see we never set out to win a war It is true that troops would die to take an objective and then headquarters would give it back only to order it taken again The Vietcong would attack from cover and then fade into the population in general A rice paddy full of black pajamas makes everyone look the same Drop the AK47 and your gear and you look like everybody else It brought about a very personal war The Cong would tell the population, see the Yankees kill any of you as they hid among the population So you got hatred on both sides The Cong would attack from Cambodia then flee back across the border where American troops were forbidden to follow or even fire No direct or indirect fire into Cambodia.Don t ask the CIA about Cambodia, if they tell you they have to kill you.So, now to this book The Colonel is given command of an outfit which has a poor reputation When he arrives he found it led as poorly as you could imagine Morale is rock bottom and the discipline is so lax as to cause casualties The camp was located in a mine field The CP Command Post hunkered down in the center of the campbeside a WW2 style ammo dump that could go up like the 4th of July with one RPG There was artillery but no ammunition for it The helicopter supposed to fly in the ammo instead had flown in the existing commander s white porta potty.The book follows Hackworth as he turns the 39th into a lean outfit that became one of the best and toughest in the Delta.Yes I recommend this book I d like you to go into it with open eyes and realize the most of the troops in Nam were good soldiers who fought to stay alive and to keep each other alive The American troops won the battles but as cliched as it sounds they were never allowed or even meant to win the war.I m glad to see that now almost 40 years after they were pulled out they are finally getting a little of the respect they are due.


  2. says:

    Hackworth s story is one of leadership, about how to take a losing unit and turn them into winners through energy, training, and discipline Inheriting a broken and despirited battalion, Hackworth went from a CO with a bounty on his head to commander of a crack team of killers The lessons in this book are about esprit de corp, warfare, and how an organization rots from the top are universal.Unlike most of these war memoirs, Steel My Soldiers Hearts has an antagonist, the careerist and incompetent Colonel later Major General Ira Hunt, who interfered constantly in Hackworth s plans to the detriment of the ordinary soldiers in the battalion The VC are a respected and crafty foe, but Hackworth has no time for the slow work of counter insurgency He s a master of light infantry tactics, and stealthy and brutal ambushes and patrols For a layperson, this is a good intro to the chaos of airmobile operations.As a writer, Hackworthy is a pulpy as a freshly squeezed glass of politically incorrect orange juice The book is far from a neutral account, but it s his story and he tells it with verve and gusto.New crazy Vietnam War moment A helicopter taking out an AA gun in hand to hand combat Just lean out and karate chop it down.


  3. says:

    I don t think this is the best book on the Vietnam war I have read but it is certainly interesting.Colonel Hackworth is a good writer and managed to make even boring details interesting His description of battles is very good also despite in some situations having numerous troops in a number of locations the descriptions of the battles were straight forward and relatively easy to understand The Colonel certainly has a chip on his shoulder, so if you re looking for a non biased view this might not be it That said his techniques in training the Hardcore are certainly interesting and I can see why he believes that many could learn from what he did in Vietnam his epilogue and afterword regarding recent wars gives you his thoughts on this matter.Although the focus of this book is on the grunts and the great heroics and achievements that they do, their is always an undertone of not stupidity but stubbornness or blindness, or perhaps even short mindedness of those in power in the army I m in the process of reading a book on the Boer War and the mistakes made by the British there seem to be repeated here and as Hackworth says were also repeated in the Somme and numerous other wars It is interesting to see such similar elements repeated in so many different wars and times but at the same time you do wish it weren t the case.Although this isn t the first book that I would recommend about this war I certainly enjoyed reading it.


  4. says:

    Col Hackworth describes how he takes a rag tag unit of ill disciplined soldiers and turns them into an aggressive and extremely competent fighting force I would highly recommend this book to anybody in a leadership position in the military I would recommend reading About Face prior to this book As people who read this without having read About Face may think Hack is arrogant, when in fact he is a very humble man, and his exceptional competence as a leader can be construed as arrogance that does not have the context of the man, given in About Face AF In AF he tells the reader of his triumphs and tribulations, it s not all flowers and sunshine, sometimes he got beat and made mistakes, and he admits to and learns from them With AF as a solid foundation one can truly appreciate Steel My Soldiers Hearts On a side note, don t be dissuaded by AF, it is lengthy but an entertaining, informative and educational read One of my favorite books.


  5. says:

    One of the best books on military leadership that I have read Most military leadership books come off too much like an after action report, or are too seeped in memoirs that its a personal diary, but this find a good medium.It provides excellent lessons on how to lead It provides entertaining stories Thats really all you can look for in this genre I can t give it a perfect score because he comes off too arrogant Sure, he think s these other characters are X and Y and Z, but does everyone else He hands out a LOT of criticism but mentions almost none made about him except for comments that give him positive attributes I read this book because of the Jocko podcast, and like the podcast, I would select the same parts to read or listen to if you are short on time first 10 chapters or so and then the epilogue the latter part is not as elucidating as the first part of the book when he assumes the leadership role.


  6. says:

    Interesting but disturbing book about the Army in Vietnam, which can equally be applied to armed forces activities today As they say, what a cluster % And we are now planning on spending even of our tax dollars to support the bloated and inept military I also am increasingly against the volunteer army if everyone had children or relatives at risk, and everyone could see how ridiculously the military is run, there would be much less opportunity for continuing the farce And how easily the rest of us will sacrifice the relatively faceless few who are willing to shoulder the burden, starting with our cowardly Commander Bone Spur This book should be required reading for everyone in Congress and the White House.


  7. says:

    This is my favorite book about Vietnam It s told from David Hackworth s personal experiences and gives you a great idea of the vocabulary, mindsets, and so on of the soldiers Hackworth is highly critical of the military leadership during the Vietnam War and their inflated body counts I recommend this to everyone I know that has any interest in military history.


  8. says:

    Should be required reading for every war college and anywhere else leaders are trained The epilogue especially drives home the lessons learned, and partially forgotten, and the relevance in today s world.


  9. says:

    Incredible book that showcases the power of leadership and the awesome story of taking ownership of a team and leading them to great success I believe this should be required reading for everyone, but especially for folks that are interested in being a better leader or even a better follower.


  10. says:

    Great account on how Vietnam should have been fought, many issues of US army and some leadership lessons.


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