Saddle Up
The Story of a Red Scarf
This is the story of a combat tour in the Central Highlands of the former Republic of South Vietnam in 1969 and 70. The primary focus is the time spent as a Reconnaissance Platoon Leader of “Fox Force” in the 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division, and how that experience developed incredible bonds and friendships, as well as hard lessons in combat leadership, that have lasted for a life time. more of the story...
"John Hedley literally wrenches his story of fighting in Vietnam directly from his gut. ..." more
- Scott Vickers, USMA 68
"LTC Hedley’s experiences can be summed up in the short phrase often seen in Vietnam amongst American troops. ‘I am what others feared to be; I went where others feared to go; I did what others should have done.’..." more
- Craig S. Carson, Infantry Company Commander in RVN, 1970-1971, 173rd ABN.
"Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) John Hedley takes you deep inside a close-combat infantry unit in Vietnam in his first-hand narrative, “Saddle Up”..." more
- Ray Rhodes, LTC (Ret), US Army
"Saddle Up is an intimate and intense tale compellingly told. It provides an insight into the special bonds forged among and between members of a US infantry reconnaissance platoon..." more
- Dutch Hostler, COL (R), US Army
"Saddle Up can be summed up in one sentence; combat veterans, particularly infantrymen and regardless of the era in which they fought, will not want to put this book down! ..." more
- Bob Hensler, Col (R), US Army Infantry, Vietnam Vet
"This book bleeds 110% of the raw emotion, stress and brotherhood that can only be experienced by those who lived it..." more
- T. Allen Barnes, 4th Infantry Division, Field Artillery
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