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Good to Go: The Life And Times Of A Decorated Member Of The U.s. Navy's Elite Seal Team Two [Anglais] [Poche]

Harold Constance , Randall Fuerst
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1 août 1998

"Fractions of a second in time.
What amazing violence can be meted out in
the blink of an eye."

In the mid-nineteen sixties, Harry Constance made a life-altering journey that led him out of Texas and into the jungles of Vietnam. As a young naval officer, he went from UDT training to the U.S. Navy's newly formed SEAL Team Two, and then straight into furious action. By 1970, he was already the veteran of three hundred combat missions and the recipient of thirty-two military citations, including three Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.

Good To Go is Constance's powerful, firsthand account of his three tours of duty as a member of America's most elite, razor-sharp stealth fighting force. It is a breathtaking memoir of harrowing missions and covert special-ops -- from the floodplains of the Mekong Delta to the beaches of the South China Sea -- that places the reader in the center of bloody ambushes and devastating firefights. But his extraordinary adventure goes even farther -- beyond 'Nam -- as we accompany Constance and the SEALs on astonishing missions to some of the world's most dangerous hot-spots . . . and experience close-up the courage, dedication, and unparalleled skill that made the U.S. Navy SEALs legendary.

Includes 8 Pages of SEAL Team Action Photos!


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Biographie de l'auteur

Harry Constance served with the UDT/SEAL Teams for nearly two decades. He is currently Chief of Police for the Veterans Affairs Medical center in West Los Angeles, where he spends much of his time helping veterans integrate back into society. He lives in Escondido, California.

Randall F. Fuerst, O.D., lives in Orangevale, California, with his wife, Shirlene, and their three children. He is a partner in a six-doctor optometry practice, the team optometrist for the Sacramento Kings of the NBA, and serves as Chairman of the Board for Pacific Laser Eye Center in Sacramento.


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  • Poche: 448 pages
  • Editeur : Avon; Édition : Reprint (1 août 1998)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0380729660
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380729661
  • Dimensions du produit: 10,7 x 3 x 17,6 cm
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Par Latour07 1ER COMMENTATEUR DU HALL D'HONNEUR TOP 500 COMMENTATEURS VOIX VINE
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Excellent récit auto-biographique de l'engagement de Harry Constance, commando marine SEAL au Vietnam.

1967.

Au Vietnam, la consigne était de trouver et de détruire les unités Viet Cong, de nettoyer la campagne des éléments Viet Cong (VC), agissant en peloton, village par village. Les SEALs opèrent habituellement en section de six soldats de nuit avec une puissance de feu énorme destinée à alimenter un engagement total, féroce, rapide. Des heures de préparation méticuleuse et attentive ainsi qu'un travail de renseignement ont été nécessaires pour que les unités SEAL se préparent pour chaque combat.

Présents dans de petites unités derrière les lignes ennemies, ils ont souvent dû faire face à des pièges, aux moustiques, sangsues, roseaux aiguisés comme des rasoirs, mines et serpents venimeux avant de pouvoir arriver à des positions ennemies.

Harry Constance loue les fidèles vietnamiens qui ont combattu avec les Seals, les estimant valeureux soldats. En revanche, il considère l'armée régulière du Sud-Vietnam comme généralement inefficace et corrompue. Au cours de ses trois tours au Vietnam, Constance servit dans près de 300 missions de combat, a été crédité de la capture de quelque 200 prisonniers, a reçu trois médailles "Bronze Star" et une "Purple Heart".
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent 7 février 2007
Par Latour07 1ER COMMENTATEUR DU HALL D'HONNEUR TOP 500 COMMENTATEURS VOIX VINE
Format:Poche
Excellent récit auto-biographique de l'engagement d'un commando SEAL au Vietnam. Le temps a fini par cicatriser nombre de blessures psychologiques, conférant au livre, la sagesse. Un passionnant récit d'un héros à la personnalité très attachante.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A thrilling and honest look at a warrior. 3 mai 2002
Par odanny - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a frank and honest look at the exploits of a Navy SEAL.
While his actual combat exploits I have no way of proving true, his revealing and in-depth look at his own personal failures and in service power struggles surely don't all have happy endings, and the author is unflinching in his appraisal.
His time in country could of ended on his first mission. He first got tangled in the tow rope, and the boat pulling away dragged him underwater before he cut himself free, struggling with his gear and swimming back to shore. He then mistakenly interpreted a hand signal and made his first killing as a scared SEAL when he silently intercepted a VC lookout and knifed him. He was told to keep silent. He then got seperated from his recon platoon and made his way back to the rendevous point by himself while being pursued, and all the while he was unsure of which way to go. This was the start of three tours of duty that saw much action and direct combat with VC and NVA. This elite soldier found himself in the business of hand to hand combat many times, and his stories are told as if this author actually relished the amount of violence he was able to bring to bear. A warrior who looked for action, he later leaves this theater and sees firsthand the rivalry and disrespect he and other warriors feel for those officers spent little or no time in Vietnam and looked disdainfully upon those who actually fought there. This jealously, and the countering lack of respect, almost cost the author his Navy career on more than one occasion. In the end it proved his undoing in the military.
A very interesting tale of an insiders view of Vietnam, this book also explores his personal struggles and the bonds he forged in combat.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Action packed 18 juillet 2000
Par Brandon Gordon - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I've read dozens of Navy SEAL personal accounts of Vietnam and this ranks up there as one of the best, along with Daryl Young's "Element of Surprise" and Jim Watson's "Point Man". Most of the book deals with his battle experiences. The great thing about the book is that every op was very different and refreshing. There's not a whole lot about his training to make UDT and SEAL Team and there is a chapter or two devoted to his personal life during his Navy career and after but the book flows so well that you find yourself really liking Harry and wanting to read these things. Several chapters at the end dealt with post-nam experiences which weren't all that interesting but the writing is so engrossing for the most part that it'll keep you up at night.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Jane Fonda in Hanoi indeed. 8 février 2013
Par Nigel N. Brooks - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Just how much of this book is "poetic license".

Constance recounts a story told to him during his third and final tour of Vietnam. In that story, he mentions speaking with a fellow SEAL named "Chamberlin". Chamberlin tells Constance that "I was in Hanoi, three months ago" Chamberlin then goes on to tell Constance of being within ten feet of Jane Fonda. He tells Chamberlin that he and his RVN Special Forces counterparts had been on a mission to blow up a bridge in the North that the USAF or Navy had been unable to hit. When they got to the North, they found out that the bridge had been taken out by air power, so they decided to visit Hanoi. It was here that Chamberlin claims to have been close enough to Honda to stab her. Chamberlin says that his RVN counterparts told the NVA that he (Chamberlin) was a Serbian Advisor.

After seeing Fonda, Chamberlin goes to where he had stashed his radio, contacts Danang and request permission to "take her out". After about an hour Danang responds and denies the request.

The problem with this story is that Constance's last tour began around March 1970 (in the book he speaks about Christmas 1969 and that he was shipping out for Vietnam three months later).

Navy Special Warfare teams had 6 month deployments to Vietnam, but even it he had been 12 months he would have departed Vietnam in March 1971.

Jane Fonda's infamous trip to Hanoi was in July 1972.

So we have Constance being told of an event in 1970 that didn't actually occur until 1972.

Such a story brings into question the all of the experiences recounted in the book.

In 1999, Charles Watson, a former SEAL sued Constance and the publisher of this book in federal court in Virginia claiming that Constance libeled him by accusing him of cowardice, the publisher and Constance settled the case by issuing an apology and paying Watson $415.000.00 to settle the libel suit
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Human Behind the Barrel 8 décembre 2003
Par ChrisBrogan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
This is NOT your typical SEAL book, at least at the heart of it all. Harry Constance writes about his fears, his mistakes, the things that didn't go the way he planned. Because of the humanity Harry shares with the reader, you come away feeling like you understand things a little bit better.
The first portion of this book takes part in Vietnam, and the stories dovetail well with other SEAL books I've read. I like the contrasts between this book and Point Man, by Chief Watson, for instance. The remainder of the book spans several locales and operations and continue's Constance's great attention to the emotions behind the thoughts and actions.
I enjoyed the book immensely.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 about okwoodworker's review 13 novembre 2001
Par Martin - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I think the point Okwoodworker made was wright, but he doesn`t get the point that Harry was a SEAL. I think that the sheer horror of combat can at times turned into excitment, when you're working in a such tight group like the SEALs. And yes, I also think that for the vast majority of veterans, this was not the case. Most veterans of war wanted to get out of Vietnam as quickly as possible alive. Believe or not, being in combat was a SEALs dream come true. That's what seperates special operations personel from rest of the food chain - wanting to be out there, testing yourself and your training. The SEALs voluntered to BUD/s - to a 6 month hell, where specially selected men were made into warriors. I don't think that when a SEAL squad went to enemy controlled they had no fear. Everybody in harms way have fear, but those who can control it can do brave things, just like the SEALs in Vietnam. It needed a lot of guts to go to VC controlled area with 7 men, any time you could have been over run by an enemy batallion or a larger force, being in the middle of nowhere carrying you bloodie teammate.
This is a book that shows the war from a perspective of highly trained, agressive, disciplined, do anything to win, motivated, SEAL Team member. I think yes, Harry did see much of the dark side of combat, but he took it like a real professional. This is a great book.
And finally who would you choose to go into Vietnam jungles in 1968- with a SEAL squad or a platoon of Marines ?
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