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Through the Valley is the captivating memoir of the last U.S. Army soldier taken prisoner during the Vietnam War. A narrative of courage, hope, and survival, Through the Valley is more than just a war story. It also portrays the thrill and horror of combat, the fear and anxiety of captivity, and the stories of friendships forged and friends lost.
In 1971 William Reeder was a senior captain on his second tour in Vietnam. He had flown armed, fixed-wing OV-1 Mohawks on secret missions deep into enemy territory in Laos, Cambodia, and North Vietnam on his first tour. He returned as a helicopter pilot eager to experience a whole new perspective as a Cobra gunship pilot. Believing that Nixon's Vietnamization would soon end the war, Reeder was anxious to see combat action. To him, it appeared that the Americans had prevailed, beaten the Viet Cong, and were passing everything over to the South Vietnamese Army so that Americans could leave.
Less than a year later, while providing support to forces at the besieged base of Ben Het, Reeder's chopper went down in a flaming corkscrew. Though Reeder survived the crash, he was captured after evading the enemy for three days. He was held for weeks in jungle cages before enduring a grueling forced march on the Ho Chi Minh Trail, costing the lives of seven of his group of twenty-seven POWs. Imprisoned in the notorious prisons of Hanoi, Reeder's tenacity in the face of unimaginable hardship is not only a captivating story, but serves as an inspiration to all.
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William Reeder is a retired Army colonel and highly decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam War. He received the Silver Star for gallantry, two Distinguished Flying Crosses for heroism, an Air Medal for valor, and three Purple Hearts for wounds received during the events related in this story. Since military retirement, he has continued to be involved in leadership training and education for the U.S. Army and NATO Special Operations Forces. In 2014, he was inducted into the U.S. Army Aviation Hall of Fame.Review:
"Through the Valley unquestionably possesses the characteristics of a superb story and a story which is superbly told. This is a book which will benefit and be remembered by readers of a wide variety of interests. William Reeder has a special story which must be read." --INFANTRY
"Through the Valley: My Captivity in Vietnam is a well-written chronicle of Army Col. Bill Reeder's time as a POW and his struggles adapting back in the 'real world.'" The VVA Veteran
"This is a powerful book and highly recommended for readers who want a riveting account of survival against the odds." - Military Review
"I believe this is a work intended for a general audience interested in the POW experience in general and the Vietnam POW experience in particular. It should also appeal to anyone interested in combat aviation as well. This is a work that has it all."--Robert C. Doyle, author of A Prisoner's Duty: Great Escapes in U.S. Military History
"This book's greatest value, however, is not simply as a straightforward historical account detailing one man's journey into and out of captivity. Through the Valley poignantly captures the profound cost of the conflict experienced not just by one observer, but by all those around him. Throughout his journey north, Reeder encountered dozens of South Vietnamese prisoners who suffered through the same captivity he did. Indeed, during the missions he flew prior to his capture, Reeder provided cover for the evacuation of American advisors from doomed South Vietnamese outposts. It is this that is perhaps the most worthwhile part of this autobiographical account. Reeder, in heartfelt detail, captures the pain and perseverance that permeates his experience in a way that is profoundly accessible to those reading it. In this respect, Through the Valley contributes to a rich body of writing that has helped leaders and policymakers for centuries understand the human cost associated with deciding to go to war, a cost that those they choose to send to fight will carry home with them. Costs that will influence how those people reintegrate into society, and how society changes as a result."--The Strategy Bridge
"Through the Valley: My Captivity in Vietnam by William Reeder Jr. is a harrowing account of courage and bravery by a Cobra gunship pilot shot down and captured by the enemy. Suffering a broken back and horribly festering wounds, Reeder barely survived a nearly 400-mile death march to Hanoi."--Robert Mason, author of Chickenhawk
"The way that he (Reeder) and his fellow prisoners maintained their dignity and courage under horrendous circumstances is inspiring. The well-written autobiography is a stirring look at the trials of a prisoner of war in North Vietnam."--Military Heritage Magazine
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