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The Golden Fleece - High-Risk Adventure at West Point-logo

The Golden Fleece - High-Risk Adventure at West Point

Tom Carhart

In the fall of 1965, West Point cadet Tom Carhart and five of his classmates from the U.S. Military Academy pulled off a feat of extraordinary ingenuity, precision, and raw guts: the theft of the billy goat mascot from their rival, the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, just before the biggest game of the year. The U.S. forces in Vietnam were then at two hundred thousand and growing, and the men in West Point's class of 1966 were well aware that they would serve, and quite possibly die, in that far-off war. But West Point's motto, "Duty, Honor, Country," affirms that its graduates will obey the decisions of our elected government, and the men of '66 were dutiful: of the 579 who graduated, 30 died in Vietnam, and roughly five times that number were wounded. Since this would be the men's last Army-Navy football game as cadets, they wanted to go out with a bang, not a whimper. Carhart tells the incredible true story of how, in stealing that Navy goat, the cadets unknowingly reenacted the story of Jason and the Golden Fleece from Greek mythology. The caper is interwoven with an insider's narrative about the private lives of six West Point cadets in the early 1960s, who, against all odds, hurled their last hurrah of triumph to America before flying off to fight the war in Vietnam.

In the fall of 1965, West Point cadet Tom Carhart and five of his classmates from the U.S. Military Academy pulled off a feat of extraordinary ingenuity, precision, and raw guts: the theft of the billy goat mascot from their rival, the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, just before the biggest game of the year. The U.S. forces in Vietnam were then at two hundred thousand and growing, and the men in West Point's class of 1966 were well aware that they would serve, and quite possibly die, in that far-off war. But West Point's motto, "Duty, Honor, Country," affirms that its graduates will obey the decisions of our elected government, and the men of '66 were dutiful: of the 579 who graduated, 30 died in Vietnam, and roughly five times that number were wounded. Since this would be the men's last Army-Navy football game as cadets, they wanted to go out with a bang, not a whimper. Carhart tells the incredible true story of how, in stealing that Navy goat, the cadets unknowingly reenacted the story of Jason and the Golden Fleece from Greek mythology. The caper is interwoven with an insider's narrative about the private lives of six West Point cadets in the early 1960s, who, against all odds, hurled their last hurrah of triumph to America before flying off to fight the war in Vietnam.
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In the fall of 1965, West Point cadet Tom Carhart and five of his classmates from the U.S. Military Academy pulled off a feat of extraordinary ingenuity, precision, and raw guts: the theft of the billy goat mascot from their rival, the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, just before the biggest game of the year. The U.S. forces in Vietnam were then at two hundred thousand and growing, and the men in West Point's class of 1966 were well aware that they would serve, and quite possibly die, in that far-off war. But West Point's motto, "Duty, Honor, Country," affirms that its graduates will obey the decisions of our elected government, and the men of '66 were dutiful: of the 579 who graduated, 30 died in Vietnam, and roughly five times that number were wounded. Since this would be the men's last Army-Navy football game as cadets, they wanted to go out with a bang, not a whimper. Carhart tells the incredible true story of how, in stealing that Navy goat, the cadets unknowingly reenacted the story of Jason and the Golden Fleece from Greek mythology. The caper is interwoven with an insider's narrative about the private lives of six West Point cadets in the early 1960s, who, against all odds, hurled their last hurrah of triumph to America before flying off to fight the war in Vietnam.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Tom Perkins

Length:

7h


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:18


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:33


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

14:55


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

39:05


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

18:06


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

09:53


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

12:31


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

12:39


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:33


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

13:41


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

12:17


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

10:47


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

13:30


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:43


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

01:43


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

12:04


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

21:34


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:54


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:56


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:49


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:34


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:33


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:29


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

12:59


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

18:42


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

15:28


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

13:57


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:06


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

20:57


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

10:00


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

11:29


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:44


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:43


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

13:31


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

12:40


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:47