The Parrot’s Beak: U.S. Operations in Cambodia Reviews
In the summer of 1969, while on his second tour of duty in Vietnam, Paul Morgan was assigned to the Headquarters, Military Assistance Command in Saigon. His duties included briefing General Creighton Abrams and his staff on combat operations throughout Southeast Asia. He also conducted numerous debriefings of soldiers involved in some of the war’s most clandestine missions. Like the top-secret incursions into the Parrot’s Beak.
The Parrot’s Beak is a chunk of Cambodia situated at the end of the Ho Chi Minh Trail, less than 35 miles from Saigon. During the war with France, the Viet Minh communist guerrillas built a sophisticated tunnel and cave complex impervious to aerial bombardment and artillery. The complex quartered thousands of soldiers and held tons of supplies and materiel. It was from this deadly labyrinth that the Tet Offensive of 1968 was launched, sending thousands of Viet Cong and North Vietnamese regulars across the border in a failed attempt to capture the South Vietnamese capital. And it was there, in the spring of 1970, where a story of heroism and brutal combat was about to unfold. Though some names, dates, and details have been changed to protect the identity of those involved, the incredible events in The Parrot’s Beak actually happened. The reader will have to judge as to whether or not they should have