Blackhorse Riders - A Desperate Last Stand, an Extraordinary Rescue Mission, and the Vietnam Battle America Forgot-logo

Blackhorse Riders - A Desperate Last Stand, an Extraordinary Rescue Mission, and the Vietnam Battle America Forgot

Philip Keith

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Genres:

History

Description:

Deep in the jungles of Vietnam, Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry, the famed Blackhorse Regiment, was a specialized cavalry outfit equipped with tanks and armored assault vehicles. On the morning of March 26, 1970, they began hearing radio calls from an infantry unit four kilometers away that had stumbled into a hidden North Vietnamese Army stronghold. Outnumbered at least six to one, the ninety-man American company was quickly surrounded, pinned down, and fighting for its existence. Helicopters could not penetrate the dense jungle, and artillery and air support could not be targeted effectively. The company was fated to be worn down and eventually all killed or captured. Overhearing the calls for help on his radio, Captain John Poindexter, Alpha Troop's twenty-five-year-old commander, realized that his outfit was the only hope for the trapped company. It just might be possible that they could "bust" enough jungle by nightfall to reach them. Not making the attempt was deemed unacceptable, so he ordered his men to "saddle up." With the courage and determination that makes legends out of ordinary men, they effected a daring rescue and fought a pitched battle-at considerable cost. Many brave deeds were done that day and Captain Poindexter tried to make sure his men were recognized for their actions. Thirty years later Poindexter was made aware that his award recommendations and even the records of the battle had somehow gone missing. Thus began the second phase of this remarkable story: a "battle" to ensure that his brave men's accomplishments would never be forgotten again. The full circle was completed when President Obama stepped to the podium on October 20, 2009, to award the Alpha Troop with the Presidential Unit Citation: the highest combat award that can be given to a military unit.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Dick Hill

Length:

10h 53m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

19:38


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

38:41


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

28:18


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

43:08


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

24:13


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

37:01


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

14:39


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

09:29


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

30:33


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

13:09


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

15:30


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

12:41


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

13:54


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

17:11


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

28:53


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

25:04


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

22:02


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:50


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

01:01:40


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

19:18


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

24:50


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

41:49


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

01:12:11


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

10:29


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:41


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

14:18


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:47


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

00:28