June 17, 1967: The Battle of Xom Bo II

Rights Contact Login For More Details

More About This Title June 17, 1967: The Battle of Xom Bo II


The true story of the battle of Xom Bo II that was fought on June 17, 1967. It was a battle that pitted Five hundred 1st Infantry Division soldiers against 800 to 2000 Viet Cong from the 271st Regiment. The bloody clash took the lives of 39 Americans and seriously wounded 150 more. It is the minute by minute story of what happened that day in the steamy jungle and the story of the men who fought so valiantly to survive the ambush. It is the story of the loved ones left behind and the wounded who struggled to become whole again. It's a story that is the result of talking to many of the survivors of the battle and the wives, brothers, sisters, or friends of those who were there when over 8000 artillery rounds rained down around LZ X-Ray to dislodge the entrenched Viet Cong. June 17, 1967 is a story of war, men, and the loved ones. It is the story of the youth, culture and happenings that made the battle of Xom Bo II such an enigma for the summer of love in 1967. It is an angry story and a healing story that will bring feelings to the surface and tear at your heart.


“David Hearne, an OCS classmate, fellow artilleryman and decorated Vietnam War Veteran, has written a compelling and compassionate book about war: its scope and many dimensions. Above all, it is about the human component and raw emotions of those brave soldiers in the fight. David takes us on a personal look at small unit leadership and the human cost for those on the field of battle and those back home. He also reminds us that, along with the physical scars of battle, there are the emotional scars. Those scars often linger long after the sounds, sights and smells of the battle are no longer readily apparent.

In David’s own words “a war of attrition as the main strategy of a war is not a strategy at all. Attrition, unfortunately, is simply part of the very nature of war.” Clausewitz posited that war was politics by another means. There must be more logic applied to the prosecution of wars and more thought of what our actions will cause. Our institutions must do a better job of defining who we are and for what we stand. When we define those boundaries, we cannot continue to allow people and factions to stray outside of them. We have been involved in “incrementalism” to a fault since the end of WW II. David Hearne’s book is a heartfelt and thoughtful recount of a Vietnam battle that should serve as a constant reminder of what is at stake when our nation calls. Our soldiers are willing to give their all. We should expect that our senior military and civilian leaders are willing to do no less.”
Major General Morris Boyd, USA (Retired)
Vietnam 1966-1968 and 1970-1971
The Gulf War 1990-1991

“It is an excellent account of fighting and dying in Vietnam complete with enough background information of individual soldiers to more than sustain a reader’s interest. Even though a combat infantryman and former RTO myself, your vivid descriptions created pictures easily viewed by even the most the inexperienced reader. You accurately captured living conditions of the Vietnam soldier, from boredom to sheer terror, all within a twelve hour period. No one can adequately explain the intensity of battle but you came as close as anything I've read. Your book does a great service to the men who fought the families who lost loved ones, the men who died and soldiers everywhere. I dare say, it was obvious to me that you were there! Thank you for a fine contribution to the exhaustive history of the 28th Infantry Regiment. Black Lions Sir!”
Mike MacDonald
President, 28th Infantry Regiment Assn.