If the Air Force was expecting "RAMBO" to show up, they would have been disappointed when Lieutenant (j.g.) On the second day, two more helicopters went in and were so badly shot up they had to abort the mission, and a forward air controller aircraft was shot down, putting two more individuals on the ground. Lieutenant Tom Norris and Vietnamese S.E.A.L. It was slow, dangerous work that could turn deadly without warning. Repeated rescue efforts had all ended in failure, with fourteen men killed and nineteen aircraft damaged or destroyed, and all further airborne search and rescue attempts of Hambleton had been suspended. Unable to add item to Wish List. | “An American was down in enemy territory. When Gene Hackman is approaching the villager's hut, he startles a chicken. It was repulsed thanks to American air strikes called in by Anderson, who decided to oversee the mission from the bunker. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Lieutenant Colonel Hambleton was a mile away from the river and had to be guided through a heavily coded series of messages related in simile to a golf course, towards the river and past thousands of NVA soldiers. ", This article is about a film. EMBED. U.S. Navy SEAL Lt. Thomas R. “Tommy” Norris accepted the mission. Best Regards, Thank God for Col Andy Anderson and Lt Norris. Of course I’d do it again.”, —Lt. The film you are about to see is based on a true story.". As a former SERE Instructor I also met Col. Hambleton at our HQ in San Diego back in the mid 1980’s. To be honest, in the last 20 or so pages of the book i just wanted it to finish as I was getting bored. The transceiver used by Vietnamese operator to listen American traffic is a Hungarian version of originally Soviet R-108D VHF radio. Something went wrong. Electronic warfare specialist Lt. Col. Iceal “Gene” Hambleton, code name Bat 21, led an aerial reconnaissance mission near the Demilitarized Zone to find out what was going on. The true events surrounding this story were still classified at the time of production. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 April 2013. i'm so glad i decided to hold off on watching the movie version of this story before reading the book. With Hambleton in such a weakened state, Norris was in a now or never situation to rescue the lieutenant colonel. Dulles, Virginia: Potomac Books, 2000. | Such an alternative was suggested on the afternoon of April 8th by Marine Colonel Al Gray. In one of the most bizarre rescues of the Vietnam War, Lt. Col. Iceal Hambleton was recovered from enemy territory in northern South Vietnam after 11 1/2 days on the ground. , Film historian Alun Evans in Brassey's Guide to War Films, considered the production an unusual look at "... the perspective of a service non-combatant. [Note 1] Set during the Vietnam War, the film is a dramatization based upon the rescue of a U.S. signals intelligence expert shot down behind enemy lines in Vietnam. Instead, Marine Lt. Col. Andy Anderson had an unconventional answer: Bright Light. I have had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Kiet several times. He plots a course to the river which is the boundary of the target area, then communicates his intended path to Clark in a code composed of various golf courses he knows well. Several attempts are made to recover Hambleton. As dawn lit the dangerous skies, Lieutenant Norris rounded a bend in the river and noticed movement.
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