List of United States military books

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Books about the U.S. military or for members of the military.

General[edit]

  • Classified Secret-Controlling Air Strikes in the Clandestine War in Laos by Jan Churchill
  • Code Name Bright Light-US POW Rescue Efforts in the Vietnam War by George J. Veith
  • 10,000 Days Of Thunder- A History of the Vietnam War by Philip Caputo
  • Fast Movers-Jet Pilots and the Vietnam Experience by John Darrell Sherwood
  • In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam by (Former Secretary of Defense) Robert S. McNamara
  • Inside the Danger Zone: The U.S. Military in the Persian Gulf 1987-88 by Harold Wise
  • One Shot, One Kill- American Combat Snipers: WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Beirut by Charles W. Sasser/Graig Roberts
  • Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military by Oxford University Press
  • Pathfinder: First In, Last Out by Richard R. Burns
  • REQUIEM: By The Photographers Who Died In Vietnam and Indochina by Random House
  • The Secret War Against Hanoi-Kennedy's and Johnson's use of spies, Saboteurs, and covert warriors in North Vietnam by Richard H. Shultz Jr.
  • Stolen Valor: How The Vietnam Generation Was Robbed Of Its Heroes And Its History by B. G. Burkett and Glenna Whitley
  • Vietnam Firebases, 1965-1973 by Randy E. M. Foster
  • Vietnam Order of Battle by Shelby L. Stanton
  • Where We Were In Vietnam: A Comprehensive Guide To The Firebases, Military Installations, and Naval Vessels Of The Vietnam War, 1945-1975 by Michael P. Kelley

Army[edit]

  • A Bright Shining Lie by Neil Sheehan
  • Acceptable Loss-Fighting in Vietnam by Kregg P. Jorgenson
  • American Warrior: A Combat Memoir Of Vietnam by John "Doc" Bahansen Jr.
  • A Soldier Reports by GEN William C. Westmoreland
  • A Hundred Miles of Bad Road by D. W. Birdwell & K. W. Nolan
  • The Army and Vietnam by Andrew F. Krepinevich Jr.
  • Battle For Hue, Tet 1968 by Keith Nolan
  • Bell UH-1 Huey "Slicks" 1962-75 by Chris Bishop
  • Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden
  • Chickenhawk by Robert Mason
  • Death In The A-Shau Valley, L Company LRRP's Vietnam, 1969-1970 by Larry Chambers
  • Death Valley, Summer Offensive, August 1968 by K. W. Nolan
  • Dispatches by Michael Herr
  • Doc: Platoon Medic by Daniel E. Evans Jr.
  • Dustoff-The Memoir of an Army Aviator by Michael J. Novosel
  • Eyes Behind The Lines-L Company Rangers in Vietnam 1968 by Gary A. Linderer
  • Gunslingers In Action, Cobra-Vietnam by Lou Drendel
  • Hamburger Hill, The Brutal Battle For Dong Ap Bia, May 11–20, 1969 by Samuel Zaffiri
  • House To House-Playing The Enemy's Game, Saigon, May 1968 by Keith W. Nolan
  • If I Die In A Combat Zone, Vietnam by Tim O'Brien
  • In Pharaoh's Army: Memoirs of the Lost War by Tobias Wolff
  • Into Laos, The Story of Lam Son 719/Dewey Canyon II, 1971 by Keith W. Nolan
  • The Killing Zone- My Life In The Vietnam War by Frederick Downs
  • Low Level Hell by Hugh Mills
  • Mounted Combat In Vietnam by GEN Donn A. Starry
  • Recondo: LRRP's In Vietnam by Larry Chambers
  • Ringed in Steel: Armored Cavalry, Vietnam 1967-1968 by Michael D. Mahler
  • RIPCORD(Firebase), Screaming Eagles Under Siege, Vietnam 1970 by K. W. Nolan
  • Rolling Thunder, In A Gentle Land by Andrew Wiest
  • Sappers in the Wire - The Life and Death of FIREBASE MARY ANN by Keith W. Nolan
  • Snake Pilot: Flying The Cobra Attack Helicopter In Vietnam by Randy R. Zahn
  • Six Silent Men- LRRP's In Vietnam by Kenn Miller
  • SOG: The Secret Wars of America's Commandos by John Plaster
  • Tanks in the Wire! - The First Use Of Enemy Armor In Vietnam by David B. Stockwell
  • The 13th Valley, by John M. DelVecchio
  • Tank Sergeant-1/69th Armor, Vietnam by Ralph Zumbro
  • They Marched Into Sunlight-Vietnam War by David Maraniss
  • Thunderbolt: General Creighton Abrams and the Army of His time by Sorley Lewis
  • To The Limit- An Air Cavalry Pilot In The Vietnam War by Tom A. Johnson
  • The Tunnels Of Cu Chi by Tom Mangold
  • Through The Valley, Vietnam, 1967-1968 by James F. Humphries
  • US Army AH-1 Cobra Units in Vietnam by Johnathon Bernstein
  • US Infantry, Vietnam by Jim Mesko
  • Vietnam Choppers, Helicopters In Battle 1950-1975 by Simon Dunstan
  • Vietnam Airmobile Warfare Tactics by Bruce B. G. Clarke
  • Westmoreland: A Biography of General William Westmoreland by Samual Zaffiri
  • "We Served In Silence" by author Glenn K. Fannin Jr. A Vietnam war novel relating the activities of the Army Security Agency. Recently categorized as Unclassified by the NSA.
  • We Were Soldiers Once… And Young: Ia Drang—The Battle That Changed The War In Vietnam by LTG Harold G. Moore

Navy[edit]

  • A-6 Intruders In Vietnam by Jesse Randall
  • AD Skyraider-In Detail & Scale by Bert Kinzey
  • The Bluejacket's Manual by Thomas J. Cutler
  • Brown Water, Black Berets-Coastal and Riverine Warfare In Vietnam by Thomas J. Cutler LCDR USN
  • Confession To A Deaf God- Memoir Of A Mekong River Rat by Gary R. Blinn
  • Crusader! Last of the Gunfighters by Rear Admiral Paul T. Gillchrist
  • Douglas A-1 Skyraider-Warbird Tech V13-Revised by Larry Davis
  • Douglas A-1 Skyraider by Robert F. Dorr
  • Douglas A-4 Skyhawk by Peter Kilduff
  • F-8 Crusader In Detail & Scale by Bert Kinzey
  • F-8 Crusader Units of the Vietnam War by Peter Mersky
  • F-8 Crusader In Action by Jim Sullivan
  • First SEAL, by Lieutenant Commander Roy Boehm & Charles Sasser
  • Fox Two- The Story Of America's First Ace In Vietnam by R. Cunningham/Jeffrey Ethell
  • Gray Ghosts-US Navy and Marine Corps Phantoms by Peter E. Davies
  • In the Shadow of Greatness by USNA Class of 2002
  • Inside the Danger Zone: The U.S. Military in the Persian Gulf 1987-88 by Harold Wise
  • Launch The Intruders: A Naval Attack Squadron In The Vietnam War 1972 by Carol Reardon
  • McDonnell Douglas A-4 Skyhawk By Brad Elward
  • One Perfect Op: An Insider's Account of the Navy SEAL Special Warfare Teams, by Master Chief Dennis "Snake" Chalker & Kevin Dockery
  • On Yankee Station- The Naval Air War Over Vietnam by CDR John B. Nichols
  • Point Man, by Chief James "Patches" Watson & Kevin Dockery
  • The Real Team, By Commander Richard Marcinko & ten SEAL Team 6 veterans
  • Riverine- A Pictorial History of the Brown Water War In Vietnam by Jim Mesko
  • River Rats by Ralph Christopher
  • Rogue Warrior, by Commander Richard Marcinko & John Weisman
  • Stop and Search - A novel of small boat warfare off Vietnam (1969) by W. E. Butterworth
  • Swift Boat Down-The Real Story Of The Sinking Of PCF-19 by James Steffes, ENC Retired
  • The Vietnam Brown Water Navy 1965-1969 by Gordon L. Rottman
  • Topgun Days by Dave "Bio" Baranek
  • Tour of Duty- (Senator) John Kerry and the Vietnam War by Douglas Brinkley
  • Vietnam-The Naval Story by Frank Uhlig Jr.
  • US Navy F-4 Phantom II MIG KILLERS 1972-1973 by Brad Elward/Peter Davies
  • US Small Combatants-From PT Boats to the Brown Water Navy by Norman Friedman
  • War On The Rivers-A Swift Boat Sailor's Chronicle Of The Battle For The Mekong Delta by Weymouth D. Symmes

Marine Corps[edit]

  • A Sniper In The Arizona, 2/5th Marines in the Arizona Territory 1967 by John J. Culbertson
  • Ambush Valley: I Corps Vietnam 1967-A Marine Battalion's Battle For Survival by Eric Hammel
  • 13 Cent Killers: The 5th Marine Snipers in Vietnam by John Culbertson
  • Basrah, Baghdad, and Beyond: U.S. Marine Corps in the Second Iraq War by N.E. Reynolds
  • Battle Cry, by Leon Uris
  • Bloody Tarawa by Eric Hammel and John E. Lane
  • Boot by Daniel Da Cruz
  • Born on the Fourth of July by Ron Kovic
  • Breakout by Martin Russ
  • The Bridge at Dong Ha by John Grider Miller
  • Chesty: The Story of Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller, USMC by Jon T. Hoffman
  • Corps Business: The 30 Management Principles of the U.S. Marines by David H. Freedman
  • Dauntless Marine - Joseph Sailer Jr., Dive Bombing Ace of Guadalcanal by Alexander S. White
  • Dear Mom: A Sniper's Vietnam - Joeseph Ward
  • Devilbirds by John A. De Chant
  • Dog Company Six by Edwin Howard Simmons
  • Expendable Warriors: The Battle For Khe Sanh by Bruce B. G. Clarke
  • Fields of Fire by James Webb
  • First to Fight: An Inside View of the U.S. Marine Corps by Victor H.Krulak
  • Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley
  • Flying Leathernecks by Richard G. Hubler & John A. De Chant
  • Fortunate Son: The Autobiography of Lewis B. Puller, Jr. by Lewis Puller Jr.
  • Generation Kill by Evan Wright
  • Gray Ghosts - US Navy and Marine Corps Phantoms by Peter E. Davies
  • Guadalcanal - The Definitive Account of the Landmark battle by Richard B. Frank
  • Guidebook for Marines, by the staff of the Marine Corps Association
  • HOGs in the Shadows - Combat Stories from Marine Snipers in Iraq by Milo S. Afong
  • History of Marine Corps Aviation in World War II by Robert Sherrod
  • Hill 488 by Ray Hildreth/Charles W. Sassar
  • Hold High the Torch - A History of the 4th Marines by Kenneth W. Conduit & Edwin T. Turnbladh
  • "I'm Staying with My Boys..." The Heroic Life of Sgt. John Basilone, USMC by Jim Proser
  • In the Shadow of Greatness by USNA Class of 2002
  • Images of America - Camp Pendleton by Thomas O'Hara
  • Iwo Jima - Portraits of a Battle by Eric Hammel
  • Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles by Anthony Swofford
  • The Journal Of Patrick Seamus Flaherty: United States Marine Corps, Khe Sanh 1968 by Ellen Emerson White
  • Making the Corps, by Thomas E. Ricks
  • Marine: A Guided Tour of a Marine Expeditionary Unit by Tom Clancy
  • Marine Fighting Squadron Nine (VF-9M) by Jess C. Barrow
  • Marine Rifleman: Forty-Three Years in the Corps by Wesley Fox
  • The Marine Officer's Guide by Kenneth W. Estes
  • Marine Sniper - 93 Confirmed Kills-Carlos Hathcock, Vietnam by Charles W. Henderson
  • Mongoose in the Sand by Ron Godby
  • No Bended Knee : The Battle for Guadalcanal by Merrill B. Twining, Neil G. Carey (Editor)
  • No True Glory: a Frontline Account of the Battle of Fallujah, by Bing West
  • One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer by Nathaniel C. Fick
  • Operation Buffalo: USMC Fight for the DMZ by Keith William Nolan
  • Operation Tuscaloosa-2/5th Marines at An Hon, 1967 by John J. Culbertson
  • Phase Line GREEN, The Battle For Hue, 1968 by Nicholas Warr
  • A Rumor Of War-Marines In Vietnam by Philip Caputo
  • Semper Fi in the Sky - The Marine Air Battles of World War II by Gerald Astor
  • Semper Fidelis - The History of the United States Marine Corps by Allan Millett
  • Semper Fi: Vietnam by Edward F. Murphy
  • Stay off the Skyline - The Sixth Marine Division on Okinawa by Laura Homan Lacey
  • The Highway War - A Marine Company Commander in Iraq by Seth Folsom
  • The March Up: Taking Baghdad with the 1st Marine Division by Ray L. Smith & Bing West
  • The U.S. Marine Corps Story by J. Robert Moskin
  • The U.S. Marine Corps: An Illustrated History by Merrill L. Bartlett
  • The Village by Bing West
  • Uncommon Men: The Sergeants Major of the Marine Corps by Alfred M. Gray
  • United States Marine Corps Air Stations of World War II by M.L. Shettle
  • United States Marine Corps Aviation Squadron Lineage, Insignia and History Volume 1 by Michael J. Crowler
  • U.S. Marine Corps Aviation - 1912 to Present by Peter Mersky
  • U.S. Marine Corps Aviation Unit Insignia 1941 - 1946 by Jeff Millstein
  • USMC: A Complete History by Jon T. Hoffman
  • US Marines In Vietnam 1965-1973 by Charles Nelson
  • US Marine Corps Tank Crewman 1965-1970 Vietnam by Oscar Gilbert
  • The Walking Dead: A Marine's Story of Vietnam by Charles W. Sasser/Craig Roberts
  • The War That Would Not End-US Marines In Vietnam by Charles D. Melson
  • Warlord - No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy - Ilario Pantano
  • Warrior Culture of the U.S. Marines by Marion F. Sturkey
  • We Were One - Shoulder to Shoulder With the Marines Who Took Fallujah by Patrick k. O'Donnell
  • With the Old Breed by E.B. Sledge

Air Force[edit]

  • Aces and Aerial Victories-USAF In Southeast Asia 1965-1973 by R. Frank Futrell
  • Air War Hanoi by Robert F. Dorr
  • A Code To Keep by Ernie Brace
  • And Kill Migs by Lou Drendel
  • Bury Us Upside Down- The Misty Pilots And The Secret Battle For The Ho Chi Minh Trail by Rick Newman
  • Clashes-Air Combat Over North Vietnam 1965-1972 by Marshall L. Michel
  • Code Of Honor by Lt Col John A. Dramesi
  • Check Six- A Fighter Pilot Looks Back by Maj Gen F. C. Blesse
  • Convair F-102 Delta Dagger-A Photo Chronicle by Wayne Mutza
  • Development and Employment of Fixed-wing Gunships 1962-1972 by Frederick Shaw/Timothy Warnock
  • The Eleven Days of Christmas: America's Last Vietnam Battle (B-52's Maximum Effort) by Marshall L. Michael
  • First In, Last Out: Stories By The Wild Weasels In Vietnam by Edward T. Rock
  • F-4C, F-4D, & RF-4C Phantom II In Detail & Scale by Bert Kinzey
  • F-100 Super Sabre: In Action by Larry Davis
  • F-105 Thunderchief: Walk Around by Ken Neubeck
  • F-105 Thunderchief: In Action by Ken Neubeck
  • Hit My Smoke! Forward Air Controllers in Southeast Asia by Jan Churchill
  • Journey Into Darkness-The Story of a (F-104) Starfighter Pilot in Vietnam by Col Philip Smith/Peggy Herz
  • The Linebacker Raids-The Bombing of North Vietnam, 1972 by John T. Smith
  • Linebacker II - A Strategic and Tactical Case Study by Lt Col Leonard D. G. Teixeira
  • Lockheed F-104 Starfighter by Jim Upton
  • Lockheed F-104 Starfighter by Martin Bowman
  • Lockheed SR-71-The Secret Missions Exposed by Paul F. Crickmore
  • Lockheed's SR-71 "BlackBird" Family, A-12, F-12, D-21, SR-71 by James Goodall
  • Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird by Steve Pace
  • Lockheed U-2 Dragon Lady by Dennis Jenkins
  • The Lovable One-Niner- A Complete History of the Cessna L-19 Bird Dog by Minard D. Thompson
  • McDonnell Douglas F-4 Gun Nosed Phantoms by Chris Hughes
  • Magic 100- An F-105 Fighter Pilot's 100 Combat Missions In Vietnam by Brig Gen Al Lenski
  • Martin B-57 Canberra- The Complete Record by Robert C. Mikesh
  • McDonnell F-101 Voodoo by Robert F. Dorr
  • 100 Missions North by Kenneth H. Bell
  • North American F-100 Super Sabre by Peter Davies
  • North American F-100 Supersabre by David A. Anderton
  • Once a Fighter Pilot by Brig Gen Jerry W. Cook
  • One Day Too Long-Top Secret Site 85 and the Bombing of North Vietnam by Timothy N. Castle
  • One Day in a Long War. May 10, 1972, Air War, North Vietnam by Jeffrey Ethell
  • Over The Beach-The Air War In Vietnam by Zalin Grant
  • Palace Cobra-A Fighter Pilot In The Vietnam Air War by Ed Rasimus
  • Pak Six-A Story of the War in the Skies of North Vietnam by Gene I. Basel
  • The Phantom Story by Anthony M. Thornborough and Peter E. Davies
  • The Rescue of BAT-21 by Darrel D. Whitcomb
  • Republic F-105 Thunderchief by David Anderton
  • Republic F-105 Thunderchief by Larry Davis/David Menard
  • Rolling Thunder by John T. Smith
  • Roll Call: Thud-A photographic Record of the F-105 Thunderchief by J. M. Campbell/M. Hill
  • SAC Tanker Operations in the Southeast Asia War by Charles K. Hopkins
  • SR-71 Blackbird: Stories, Tales, and Legends by Rich Graham
  • SR-71 Revealed: The Inside Story by Rich Graham
  • Thunderchief: The Right Stuff and How Fighter Pilots Get It by Don Henry
  • Thud Ridge- F-105 Thunderchief Missions Over Vietnam by Jack Broughton
  • USAF F-4 Phantom II MIG KILLERS 1965-1968 by Peter Davies
  • Walk Around: SR-71 Blackbird by James Goodall
  • When Thunder Rolled-An F-105 Pilot Over North Vietnam by Ed Rasimus
  • Wild Weasel- The SAM Suppression Story by Larry Davis
  • Wolfpack-Hunting MiG's Over North Vietnam by Jerry Scutts
  • War For The Hell Of It: A Fighter Pilot's View Of Vietnam by Ed Cobleigh
  • Yeager: An Autobiography by Brig gen Chuck Yeager