Emanuel, Ed. Soul Patrol. New York, NY: Presidio Press, 2003.
The following is from the back cover of Soul Patrol:
When Ed Emanuel was handpicked for the first African American special operations LRRP
team in Vietnam, he knew his six-man team couldn't have asked for a tougher proving ground
than Cu Chi in the summer of 1968. Home to the largest Viet Cong tunnel complex in
Vietnam, Cu Chi was the deadly heart of the enemy's stronghold in Tay Ninh Province.
Team 2/6 of Company F, 51st Infantry LRP (Abn.), was quickly dubbed the Soul Patrol, a
gimmicky label that belied the true depth of their courage. Stark and compelling,
Emanuel's account provides an unforgettable look at the horror and the heroism that
became the daily fare of LRRPs in Vietnam. Every mission was a tightrope walk between
life and death as Emanuel's team penetrated NVA bases, sidestepped lethal booby traps,
or found themselves ambushed and forced to fight their way back to the LZ to survive.
Emanuel's gripping memoir is an enduring testament to the valor of all American LRRPs,
who courageously risked their lives so that others might be free.