A soldier’s eye view of Vietnam’s fiercest close-quarters battle upon its 50th anniversary
Khe Sanh’s Hill Fights of 1967—as experienced by co-author Bobby Maras and told in this hour-by-hour, day-by-day account—were carnage on the ground, much of it hand-to-hand fighting in the dark. Thanks to the brave Marines of the 9th and 3rd, Khe Sanh survived the first concentrated attack by the North Vietnamese to invade the South. After the Hill Fights, American forces pulled back and held out against constant enemy shelling and frequent attacks until the siege was broken. Combining Maras’ personal experiences with the war’s bigger picture, Blood in the Hills honors the heroic actions of our soldiers and shows how Khe Sanh was microcosm of the entire Vietnam War.
Charles W. Sasser is a veteran of the U.S. Navy (journalist) and U.S. Army (Special Forces, the Green Berets), a combat veteran and former combat correspondent wounded in action. He has published over 3000 pieces in a wide range of magazines and is author, co-author or contributing author of more than 50 books and novels. Sasser now lives in Oklahoma with wife Donna.
Robert (Bobby) Maras was a private first class, machinegunner with Weapons Platoon, Golf Company, 3rd Marines during the Hill Fights at Khe Sanh. A retired police officer, he is a past president of Vietnam Veterans of America and continues to work in veterans’ leadership roles, including as Chair of the Veterans Initiative Task Force. He lives in Oklahoma.