Blood on the Risers: An Airborne Soldier’s Thirty-five Months in Vietnam by John Leppleman


Blood on the Risers: An Airborne Soldier’s Thirty-five Months in Vietnam by John Leppleman is a wonderful book. His “attitude” fills every page. This is simply the best – a passionate memior. It is not for REMFs. I am not surprised by the detail of his memories. He shares his experiences with the 173rd during Operation Junction City to days on the river patrol boats during his second tour to back to the 173rd and the 2 Bn (Airborne)/75th Infantry (Rangers) during tour three. As a former US Army junior officer in the 1970’s I frequently encountered many with his outlook. They were outstanding field troops. Read and reviewed by Jimmie A. Kepler.

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