November 12, 2020


Hosted Online
Arlington, VA
United States

AUSA’s Thought Leaders webinar series—an extension of our Thought Leaders podcast—will temporarily take the place of the General Bernard W. Rogers Strategic Issues Forum and General Lyman L. Lemnitzer Lecture Series.

With a tight focus on senior military leaders and contemporary military authors, Thought Leaders seeks to educate the public on critical issues affecting land forces and strategy. Please join us on Thursday, 12 November 2020 at 1000 to hear a presentation by Jim McLeroy, Greg Sanders and CW5 Roger Stickney presenting for John Falcon.

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  • Jim McLeroy
    Co-Author of Bait: The Battle of Kham Duc
  • Greg Sanders
    Co-Author of Bait: The Battle of Kham Duc
  • CW5 Roger Stickney
    Presenting for John D. Falcon, author of The Freedom Shield: The 191st Assault Helicopter Company in Vietnam


  • Thursday, 12 November 2020

About the Books

Bait: The Battle of Kham Duc

The strategic potential of the three-day attack of two NVA regiments on Kham Duc, a remote and isolated Army Special Forces camp, on the eve of the first Paris peace talks in May 1968, was so significant that former President Lyndon Johnson included it in his memoirs. This gripping, original, eyewitness narrative and thoroughly researched analysis of a widely misinterpreted battle at the height of the Vietnam War radically contradicts all the other published accounts of it. In addition to the tactical details of the combat narrative, the authors consider the grand strategies and political contexts of the U.S. and North Vietnamese leaders.


The Freedom Shield: The 191st Assault Helicopter Company in Vietnam

The Freedom Shield brings together stories of veterans of the 191st Assault Helicopter Company, tasked with carrying troops into battle, attacking enemy positions and evacuating the wounded in their UH-1 Iroquois "Huey" helicopters. The unit was assembled from a hodgepodge selection of hand-me-down aircraft, used equipment and overlooked personnel—its appearance belied the invaluable work the crews of the 191st would undertake during the Vietnam War. This narrative of the Company, told through collected stories of veterans, defines a breed of soldier newly minted in Vietnam: the combat assault-helicopter crewman.