The Story of a Red Scarf

By John C. Hedley, LTC USA, Ret.

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Saddle Up

Saddle Up recounts the experiences of John C. Hedley and his fellow brothers in arms in the reconnaissance platoon known as Fox Force (E Company, 1st Battalion 14th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division) as they fought through the jungles of the Central Highlands of the former Republic of South Vietnam from 1969-1970. While much has been written about this infamous war, this story not only paints a picture of what it was like to be a solider, but also gives a glimpse in to how something so ugly could forge an incredible bond between strangers that lives on to this day. His time spent in Vietnam may have only lasted a year, but it went on to shape the rest of his life.