About the author:
Michael McDonald-Low graduated from Officers Candidate School in 1966, at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, where he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant at 19 years of age. He served in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968 as a 1st Lieutenant infantry platoon leader and later as company commander after being promoted to Captain. He has one soldier from his platoon still there, Specialist 4 Clifford Van Artsdalen - MIA #1165. In 2012, he led an American Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command team to search for his location.
Among McDonald-Low's military awards and decorations are the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Bronze Star with “V” Device for Heroism, Bronze Star for Meritorious Service, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster (2), Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Award, Meritorious Service Medal (2x), National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Army Valorous Unit Award, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Tet Counter-Offensive Medal.
In September 2014, McDonald-Low joined the newly reorganized Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) as the its first-ever Southeast Asia Veteran Liaison. McDonald-Low participates in MIA case analysis and review of existing DPAA background information and investigative reporting related to unresolved ground loss cases in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
During the Vietnam War, the Que Son Valley region was a very bad place with a very bad reputation. More U.S. Army infantrymen and Marines died there than at any other location in Vietnam. More Medals of Honor were awarded in this region than in any other single combat zone, ever.
On 5 May 1968, the downing of two U.S. helicopters in the Que Son Valley marked the beginning of the North Vietnamese Army’s second Tet offensive, with the goal of destroying all U.S. forces. At 1728 hours, Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry conducted a combat air assault to join Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry at the helicopters' fatally downed location.
Their experiences during the next six days set the stage for a three-month long battle that lasted only hours for some. In the end, there would be more than 2,300 dead and wounded, and one American Soldier missing in action. It will take over 44 years to find his location; UNACCOUNTED is his story.
My rating: 5 stars
What did I think:
For I want to think NetGalley and especially McDonald -Mr. Low for letting me read what turned out to be a really great book. And I also want to think McDonald -Mr.Low for everything his doing to help bring home our mission soldiers from the Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia with your help Mr.Low and others we probably wouldn't know what happened to them, with that said let me tell you what I thought of the book: First off I want to say that even though I love history for some reason I never pick up this types of books that deal with the Vitamin war,WW1 or Ww2, even though I've have family that fight in this wars and study it in school, and I have to admit that even though I did study it in school I just did have an understanding of it , but when I saw Mr. McDonald-Low's book and read the synopsis of it there was just something about it that called to me.Even now since I just finished it I don't know what to say,so I had to look on my notes that I wrote dow:here's what I put down:
reading three chapters a day because it deals with some heavy stuff
learned more about the Vitamin War, and what happened to our soldiers who fought and never came back.
help me to understand more of what they went through and what was happening over there.told in different perspective,which I loved because you get both the perspectives of Mr.McDonald-Low and of the missing America sold, the more I read it was like I was actually there feeling and seen that Mr.McDonald-Low and the rest of the soldiers felt and seen, it helped me to understand some what why my grandfathers never talked about what they went though when they fight in the war, and I loved how I learned more about the places and Mr.McDonald-Low fight in when he went back in 2012. All I can say is that I will definitely be picking up more books like this to read and this is a must read as well as one book you have to add and have in your library.