Episode 68: The 101st Airborne in Vietnam
Guest: Ed Sherwood, author, Courage Under Fire: The 101st Airborne’s Hidden Battle at Tam Ky
Sunday, July 25, 2021
This week on History Happy Hour: The deadly Vietnam battle that was kept classified for 50 years. In 1969, as the infamous battle at Hamburger Hill raged, the 101st’s 1st Brigade was simultaneously fighting near Tam Ky, South Vietnam. A large, decisive, and high-casualty battle, its story was kept quiet in an attempt to avoid political backlash. Host historians Chris Anderson and Rick Beyer welcome Ed Sherwood, author of “Courage Under Fire: The 101st Airborne’s Hidden Battle at Tam Ky,” who led an infantry platoon in Delta Company, which found itself in the middle of the fighting. The long-hidden story of the brave soldiers who fought at Tam Ky, this Sunday at 4PM ET on History Happy Hour, the spot where history is always on tap
Ed Sherwood led an infantry platoon at Tam Ky in Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry fighting with the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. He was wounded in action on June 2, 1969. He served as an infantry officer until he retired from active duty as a Lieutenant Colonel. The New York Times writes that his book "...faithfully conveys the day-to-day life of American soldiers in combat."