"Ben Het: An Ordeal In Dirt and Death... Ben Het
at night is a scene that is at once beautiful and fascinating, weird and
horrible. Dali, Goya, Bach, The Beatles, Hemingway and Zanuck would understand.
Flares hang in the sky, casting milky, light purple shadows. A plane drones
and circles overhead, periodically spitting streams of fiery tracers at
- B.Drummond Ayers, Jr. June 30, 1969 - New York Times
After reading the detailed documentation of The Phantom of Ben Het we are confident beyond question that your review of this book would be
an echo of the reviews and accolades already bestowed upon this superb
personal accounting of the harried events at Ben Het.
"Of all the classical battles fought by Americans
during the Vietnam War, The Siege of Ben Het stands alone as a hidden and
forgotten saga that deserves its rightful place of honor among the historical
records of American warfare...
The day of truth and reckoning is at hand"
day of truth indeed!
It was the "Summer of Love" back
in the States but at Ben Het it was the "Gauntlet of Hell" and John pulls
no punches as he presses his points about Ben Het. All of his words are
based on his personal involvement in the struggle. Adding clearly defined
maps, charts, and photographs John unravels the twisted truth about the
roles of the United States Army and the South Vietnamese Army at the Special
Forces Camp during the May through July siege of 1969.
"As a result of the Tonkin Gulf Resolution
signed by President Lyndon Johnson on August 5, 1964, America allied herself
with South Vietnam in the war against the communist regime of North Vietnam.
This war was well involved but far from over by the time I volunteered
for a tour of duty with the U.S. Army in November of 1968. My involvement
in that war, which is the subject of this book, provides a missing chapter
in the annals of that war."
To reveal a note on the authenticity
and honesty of this text, John Lamerson personally published this book......
that's right! No Random House, Doubleday, or Borders editors mucking
around with the facts in order to make a best seller... No Sir! -
Just the truth! -
As M.E. Morris, Capt. USN (Ret.)
Author of The Last Kamikaze states in his review of this work:
"Msgt. Lamerson has produced a first hand account
of one of the hidden battles of the Vietnam War. His treatment is
thorough and authoritative. Professionally written, it deserves a
place in research archives at the very least. Students of the Vietnam conflict
will find it most valuable in their pursuit of the tragic reality that
the press has ignored."
It's quite clear that Capt. Morris is not alone in his belief!
As of August 13, 2003 The Phantom Of Ben Het, Vietnam the Missing Chapter, along with the addenda and small collection of pictures, has been selected by the Curator Of Special Collections for the USAF Academy Libraries to be placed into the Special Collections File. The Special Collections is one of the most prestigious and extensive collections of rare and important military texts in the world.
Dr. Edward Scott, Director of Academy Libraries said to the author John Lamerson:
"Your detailed information will be a valuable addition for cadets, faculty, and visiting scholars".
Acceptance to this collection is a great and distinct honor.
Congratulations from all your 6/14 brothers to you John!
Now here's The Phantom of Ben
Het Webpage incredible "Kick Off Special".
John says: "I still have a good supply of the soft covers!"
"I am now positioned to offer
a 25% discount on my book.
This makes the Hard Cover $16.45,
Soft Cover $10.70.
Shipping and Handling remains at $2.95."
Please note that at this time, John is out of the Hard Cover version but says,
"I still have a good supply of the soft covers!"
Soft Cover or Hard cover, it makes no difference... the story's the same but think about it, you know what that means... he is going to run out of this excellent text soon, so if I were you I would get your hands on a copy or two of the Soft Cover before they're gone too!
Pricing and Ordering Information
Hard Cover $16.45 ( Out of these Hard Covers... too bad )
Soft Cover $10.70
Shipping and handling in the U.S. is $2.95 for each book.
If ordering from the state of Colorado,
apply sales tax at
$1.05 for Hard Cover
$0.65 for Soft Cover
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Thank you in advance for your order.
- John Lamerson -
I highly recommend ordering a copy
of this saga of the Central Highlands while supplies last.
John D. Lamerson-MSG U.S. Army (Ret.) 6/14 Artillery,
one of your true comrades in arms.
Don't pass up this opportunity to get you hands on a copy or two of
this most revealing book.
- Patrick -