Five Years to Freedom: The True Story of a Vietnam POW Short Essay - Answer Key

James N. Rowe
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Short Essay Questions Key

1. What operation is to take place?

Forces from the camp are to go to Le Coeur to drive out Vietcong forces. Le Coeur is too near Tan Phu to allow the newly-arrived Vietcong to remain. The plan is for one group to attack the hamlet while two other groups set up for an ambush if any escape the main attack.

2. What problems surround this plan?

Rowe notes that it's a feasible plan if they can get in and out without meeting additional enemy forces, though they don't know for certain how many enemy forces are in the area. Rowe notes that there are some flaws in the plan, including the lack of fire support as the groups return.

3. What is the first step of the operation? What goes wrong?

Rowe is wakened at one o'clock the morning of the operation. They cross rice paddies, learn from a resident that there have been enemy forces along the road recently but get no information regarding the number of forces, and near Le Coeur at 5:15, well behind schedule.

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